Spa city in Russia
Pyatigorsk is a city in Stavropol Krai located on the Podkumok River, about 20 kilometers (12 mi) from the town of Mineralnye Vody where there is an international airport and about 45 kilometers (28 mi) from Kislovodsk. The city is situated close to the Caucasian mountains, on Stavropolskaya hill, mainly on the left bank of the Podkumok River. Beshtau Mountain is the highest point in the area around the city (1,401 meters).
Pyatigorsk is one of the oldest spa resorts in Russia. The health resort provides unique medical resources, and its underground wealth supplies 50 different mineral springs, medical mud taken from Lake Tambukan located 10 km (6 mi) from Pyatigorsk, and the mild climate of the area. It is one of 116 historical towns of the Russian Federation.
Pyatigorsk tourist infrastructure includes more than 30 resorts and spa facilities, dozens of travel companies, organizations, and hotels.
The city and surrounding area have a great tourist potential and in the long term can compete with the leading European spas and health resorts.
In addition to the health, eco-resort and recreational tourism, Pyatigorsk resort has excellent facilities for the historical and cultural, archaeological, cultural and museum, pilgrimage, scientific, sports, youth, walking, cycling, equestrian, hunting, extreme, mountain, climbing and other types of tourism and tours.
Pyatigorsk (along with Nalchik) is the starting point of hiking and climbing routes in the Central Caucasus.
The climate is characterized by mild winters and hot summers. The average temperature in January is minus 3,8 degrees Celsius, in July - plus 21,1 degrees Celsius.
Pyatigorsk City Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of September. Since its founding, Pyatigorsk resort was visited by such famous people as Pushkin, Lermontov, Glinka, Tolstoy, Griboyedov, Belinsky, Pirogov, Gorky, Shalyapin.