Visitors to North Caucasus can climb Mount Elbrus, a legendary inactive volcano and the highest mountain in Europe, let all of their troubles melt away at one of the many spas in the area around Mineralnye Vody, and try the Russian cuisine influenced by the country's different peoples. For the sportier traveller, the region is perfect for skiing in the winter and for mountaineering and paragliding in the summer!
The landscapes in North Caucasus are known for being magnificent, though they don't offer much in the way of tourist facilities. The Caucasus Mountains which run right through Caucasus are home to the highest mountains in Europe. They are covered with luxurious vegetation which conceals numerous villages perched on the hilltops.
This is definitely the region of Russia to visit if you like the idea of enjoying the mineral waters of the hot spas and their unique healing properties. One great advantage is that most international flights and trains arrive in Mineralnye Vody, which literally means 'the mineral waters'. This spa town is the departure point to four other very pleasant spa towns and cities: Pyatigorsk, Zheleznovodsk, Kislovodsk, and Yessentuki.
History buffs will be able to spend their free time (between spa treatments perhaps!) in some of the many museums of the North Caucasus region. Many of these museums are devoted to the history of famous figures such as Mikhail Lermontov (Russian Romantic writer, poet and painter), and illustrate the evolution of the Caucasian landscapes through paintings, watercolours and photos.