Samara sits on the left bank of the Volga River at its confluence with the similar-named Samara tributary. Locals love their riverside time and enjoy the coastlines on good weather days.
The city takes special pride in the sandy beaches and hosts sporting events during the summer. Right on the sand, they assemble sports arenas for beach volleyball, tennis and even sumo wrestling competitions. The Golden Sands International Tournament, for example, is an event bringing together beach football fans and professionals, and it has already become a local tradition.
Seaport public beach
The free public beach near the seaport station has basic amenities like changing cabanas, playgrounds for volleyball and football, and toilets. The lifeguards are on duty during operation hours.
Public beach by the Ladya Monument
Another nice and clean beach is located near the footsteps of the Ladya Monument. Ladya is a traditional rowboat that the Slavs used to navigate the Russian rivers.
The most comfortable beach in Samara would be the KIN.UP (23 Ulitsa Lesnaya, hours: 10 AM – 10 PM). It’s a private beach well equipped with loungers, umbrellas, locker rooms and showers. There’s a sports ground, a bar that serves refreshments, and a sea water pool where they maintain the temperature of 28°.
If you prefer the promenade to toasting in the sun, you’ll definitely like the Volga embankment. The Botanical Garden of Samara State University turned it into a nice park, where one can admire beautiful tree of various species like the Pennsylvanian cherry, white walnut, blue and silver spruces, staghorn sumac, chestnuts, acacias, and Lombardy poplars.
Want to be even closer to the water? Sail the Volga River aboard a motor vessel! A river cruise departs from the Riverside Station (82 Ulitsa Maxima Gorkogo) or from the pier at the end of Ulitsa Osipenko. You can also rent a motor boat and ride the stream along the coastline.