Russian travel journalist Uliya Govorova is from the Caucasian Mineral Waters region, much loved by Russians for its landscapes, mineral resources, waterfalls and pristine blue lakes. A true ecophile, she is passionate about travel, meeting people, nature, organising festivals and expeditions in the North Caucasus region. She shares gorgeous pictures of her favourite places with us.

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.

Russia: Caucasian Mineral Waters Region

Pyatigorsk

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.

Russia: Caucasian Mineral Waters Region

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

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.

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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.

Gate of Love, Russia

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