Beach life? In Moscow? Yes, that’s exactly what we said. You might be surprised, but Moscow lists as many as 83 beaches, and while most of them are not recommended for swimming due to the pollution of that water in this busy megapolis, catching some tan and sipping an Aperol is what beach life is all about anyway. Here is our pick of the best 8 beaches, for you to enjoy the summer.
“Royal bar” beach club
Adjacent to a hotel the ‘Royal Bar’ consists of two mini bars with Japanese and Italian cuisine, an open barbeque area, and the main pride of the beach — regularly sieved Maldivian sand. Sports fans will be able to play volleyball, windsurf, rent water skis or sail. For those who like performances, the Royal Bar hosts fashion shows, sports competitions, and music festivals.
Don’t worry about crowds, because the number of people is always limited to keep it comfortable for everyone!
Ticket is about 20$ per person
Vodny Stadion or Voikovskaya
The swimming pool
This beach area located in Sokolniki park is one of the most popular in Moscow. It consists of 2 swimming pools and a beach nearby. The Bassein provides all the necessary amenities like showers, toilets, lockers, and bars. Smoke shisha while dangling your feet in the pool, play volleyball or ping pong, do some yoga or aqua aerobics — there is much to this place than just sunbeds. Nightlife fans can ditch stuffy and cramped city clubs for a beach party!
Entrance on weekdays costs from about 10$ to 15$. Weekends are more expensive and cost about 20$ to 30$.
Picture yourself in a real resort in the center of the city — right in Gorky Park, near the Andreevsky Bridge on the Moscow river bank. You can sunbathe, drink cocktails and snack on delicious treats. This trendy riverbank hangout features white tents, beach chairs, bean bags, beach umbrellas, and shady olive trees. During weekdays Olive Beach also hosts yoga classes, modern art exhibitions, and installations. On Fridays, you can enjoy jazz bands and lounge performers. All of this plus a beautiful crowd definitely make up for the absence of a pool!
Here you can not only swim in the pools and enjoy the rides, but also visit a SPA, a fitness club, a Wellness center, a hammam, and a Russian, Japanese or Finnish bath. If you are into more dynamic activities there is also a bowling club, a 5D cinema, a dancehall, and a shooting range to keep you busy. There is also a show programme taking place every afternoon. The local cafe will keep you fueled for all of this variety of entertainment.
An adult ticket is about 15$
Chaika is very conveniently located just next to Gorky Park and is comprised of an Olympic size pool, two smaller size pools, and two dining pools. On top of that: aqua aerobics, fitness club, gym, healthy shower “Waterfall”, all kinds of massage and a traditional Russian bath. You can take swimming classes or just have a good time by the water sunbathing on the beach lounges. This place is very popular among Russian celebrities, so if you want to meet some — take a note .
Ticket costs about 30$
It’s a beautiful park with lots of pines and a long stretch of beach nearby. The water here is believed to be the cleanest in Moscow and is considered best for swimming. Actually, there are three beaches No. 1, 2 and 3—and then some wild beaches around. Beach No. 1 is the most comfortable and well-maintained, with a higher entry fee of around $18 (includes a towel and a sunbed) ensuring it never gets too crowded. The beach offers the widest range of water amusements: boats and catamarans for rent, riding on water banana boats, and ring buoy boats, as well as water skiing.
The second beach is grassy and not sandy, and the third one is a nudist beach — make sure not to end up there by mistake if you aren’t looking for a full body tan!
TO GET HERE:
Take tram No. 28 from a metro station Shukinskaya or any bus (except No. 43) from a metro station Polezhayevskaya.
It’s a free open beach on the left bank of the Moscow channel. Usually, it gets quite crowded because of its convenient location and an urban sandy beach with various cafes, lifeguards, and a medical aid station. The infrastructure here has everything you need for a full day in the sun — free showers, restrooms, changing rooms, and parking. The best way to bask in the sun without living the city and spending money!
TO GET HERE:
Take bus No. 138 or 739 from Rechnoi Vokzal metro station or bus No. 65 from Vodny Stadion station.