Welcome to Kuban Steppe
From Rostov-on-Don, the overland routes to the Northern Caucasus and the Black Sea coast cross the Kuban Steppe (Кубанская Степь), named after its river flowing from Mt Elbrus into the Sea of Azov. The region is an important agricultural centre and is often referred to as the bread basket of Russia. It's also the traditional home of the Cossacks, the proud horsemen who helped protect Russia's tsarist-era borders.
Krasnodar and Rostov-on-Don are lively urban centres with leafy green parks and enticing riverside boardwalks. Rostov also serves as a convenient base from which to explore the smaller, more rural destinations in the region.