Mt Mashuk, Pyatigorsk
Pyatigorsk is the centre of this region and of the Northern Caucasus as well. Sometimes you can find yourself above the clouds here. You don’t need a plane, but you need to wake up before sunrise, climb Mount Mashuk which is in Pyatigorsk, North Caucasus, and enjoy the magnificent view: laccoliths Yutsa, Jutsa and Elbrus – the highest mountain in Europe.
Pyatigorsk is a rocky town. Some houses are situated on the slope of the mountain Mashuk where curable springs burst. Enjoy the sunrise from here and feel the morning energy flow.
Paragliding over North Caucasus
Flying in North Caucasus is amazing. Aviation pilots from around the world love to fly here and leave the passengers with unforgettable emotions. You can see mountains and valleys, white road stripes, endless rivers and blue-eyed lakes. Paragliders fly so high that they can touch the eagles!
Bermamyt is a plateau 30 kms from Elbrus. They say that this place is a ‘kitchen’ of weather – so changeable it is. Here, you can find a stone theatre and a ‘ghost’ in a cloud. With just a little bit of imagination, you can discover nature’s secrets.
The Gate of Love
The Gate of Love or The Gate of the Sun is a sightseeing point in Pyatigorsk town. Come here with your partner, make a wish and kiss. Undoubtedly, it will come true. You can see white Elbrus through the gate.
Getting there: You can fly in to the international airport Mineralnye Vody or hop on a plane from Moscow or St Petersburg.
Uliya Govorova is a travel-journalist, PR specialist from Russia and organizes expeditions and festivals in the North Caucasus region. Check out her website here or find her on Twitter: @Uliya_Sunny or Instagram: @velojuliet