During the Soviet era, which is when this book is from, the town and its facilities were developed greatly and it was a popular destination for vacationing Soviet workers. Trips to the resort, its medical facilities and its spas and hotels were often heavily subsidized by the state or even free for members of Soviet trade unions.
Much of the resort was built after the Second World War on lands expropriated from a Lithuanian Count.
This book, published in 1978, gives a brief overview of what made the town so attractive as well as a little of its history. It was both a keepsake and meant to attract tourists. This is the first of two parts looking at it and its photos.
This first part shows more of the nature, beaches and parkland whereas the second part has more photos of the facilities, hotels, the airport, etc.
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See also: Sochi 1978 -- A Postcard Visit to a Soviet Resort City
See also: Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy USSR -- Photos 1968