Cheap flights to Kazan
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Book cheap flights to Kazan and:
- get to know the culture and traditions of Tatarstan
- feast on the local specialties
- have a great time at the waterpark
Flights to Kazan
airBaltic will launch a new direct route between Riga and Kazan on April 26, 2017. The ticket prices start at 99 EUR one-way, and the flights will be operated on a twice-weekly basis. The estimated Riga–Kazan flight duration is two and a half hours, with convenient connection times for passengers travelling to Kazan via Riga.
Kazan lies on the left bank of the Volga River, about 800 km from Moscow. The capital of Tatarstan plays a vital role in Russia's economic, scientific and cultural life; besides, it is one of the largest oil and gas fields in the whole Russian Federation. Kazan is the heart of Tatar culture, and the most cosmopolitan city in Russia, its population being made up of over 115 different nationalities. More than half of its inhabitants are Tatars: a large Turkic people that mainly dwells in Russia.
Tatar and Russian are widely spoken across Kazan, and the name plates of streets and shops are bilingual, too. The Tatar language belongs to the Turkic language family, that, among others, includes such languages as Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Turkish, and Uzbek. Some of these languages are mutually intelligible to a high degree, meaning that a conversation can be held with each participant speaking in their native language.
See and Do
Kazan's story goes back a thousand years, and it melds the history, culture and traditions of the eastern and the western worlds. James Bond himself set on a trip to Kazan in the film "Quantum of Solace", and there is no reason not to follow his lead!
Kazan's crown jewel is the Kazan Kremlin, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 by UNESCO. Some of the buildings of the complex were erected in the 16th century, and the Kremlin is the only remaining Tatar fortress in Russia, and a place of pilgrimage for the Tatars. The Kazan Kremlin is especially stunning at night, when it is illuminated and its reflection plays on the surface of the Volga.
A walk along the main pedestrian street – Bauman Street – will give you a taste of the city's lively rhythm. Every day, it's packed with artistic and musical performances, from national dances to fire shows. Bauman Street is lined with souvenir shops, cafes, bars, museums and other entertainment spots.
Drop by Kazan's Central Market for a fabulous bouquet of colour, flavour and scent. You'll find an abundance of spices, teas, fresh tropical fruit, dried fruit and nuts there. The market is the best place for sampling the local delicacies and getting to know the everyday customs of the locals.
The Kazan Planetarium is definitely worth a visit. It's the only complex of this kind in Russia and treats its visitors to impressive video performances with special effects, guided tours, astronomical observations or romantic evenings under the blanket of stars whatever the weather.
One of the main traditions and forms of entertainment for the Tatars relates to horses – and Kazan is proud to have perhaps the greatest hippodrome in the world under its name. It's a dynamic and active city; hockey, ice-skating, water park or horse riding is available for everyone to enjoy. Adventurous souls will love the rope park or the karting centre.
Make sure to try one of the most loved dishes in Tatar families – belesh (Bäleş). It's a large pie that's fllled with potatoes, meat, onions and a blend of spices, and baked for about two hours. When served, the upper crust is cut off, and a delicious aroma of the pie pervades the room. Quench your thirst with a cup of ayran – a naturally carbonated, fermented milk beverage. To end the meal on a high note, have a piece of "chak-chak" (Çäkçäk), an insanely delicious mound-shaped dessert, made of fried dough that's doused in honey syrup.