According to Calculatorinc, in the northern part of the old city is the Glory Square, where the administrative buildings of Samara are located. The basis of the square complex is the Glory monument. The monument was erected in 1971 in memory of the feat of workers during the Great Patriotic War, in memory of the contribution of Samara residents to the aviation industry. Next to it is a high relief “Grieving Motherland”, in front of which an eternal flame burns. Glory Square is adjacent to Samarskaya Square. On it rises the Church of the Great Martyr St. George (2001), built in honor of all the fallen Russian soldiers. In addition, Volzhsky Prospekt stretches along the Volga River in the northern part of the old city., it is surrounded by picturesque parks and is a great place for walking. Here, not far from the oldest park in the city – the Strukovsky Garden (1849) – stands the Iversky Convent of 1850, famous for the work of skilled embroiderers.
In the eastern part of the old city, you can visit the Samara Regional Museum of History and Local Lore named after P.I. Alabina. This is one of the largest museums in the Volga region and one of the oldest in Russia. The museum was opened in 1886. The halls of the museum tell about the history of the Samara region, and are divided into departments of archeology, mineralogy, nature, the Great Patriotic War and space. On one street, the museum of local lore is located its branch – the house-museum of V.I. Lenin. Exactly at Samara began the party activities of the famous Russian leader. The museum is located in a merchant’s estate of the last quarter of the 19th century and presents a memorial exposition “The Ulyanov family’s apartment in Samara. 1890-1893”, which reflects the situation and atmosphere of life of a Russian intelligent family of those times, and the reconstruction of the merchant’s shop of the merchant I.A. Rytnikov. In the summer, the embankment of the Volga River becomes the main place for recreation and entertainment in Samara. There are sandy beaches that stretch for 7 km, many cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. The main attraction of the outskirts of Samara, and throughout the Samara region, this is nature. The Volga River, many reservoirs and small rivers are a great place for recreation and active tourism.
To the west of Samara, on the other bank of the Volga River, there is the state natural national park “Samarskaya Luka”. The park was created in 1984 in the eastern part of the Zhiguli Upland. From the west, the territory of the “Samarskaya Luka” is separated by the Usoy River, and from the north, east and south – by the bend of the Volga River, which is called the Samarskaya Luka. Samarskaya Luka is the largest bend of the Volga. It was formed as a result of the deviation of the river in front of the Zhiguli mountains. The area of the island formed as a result of the deviation of the river is 160 thousand hectares, its length is about 70 km, and its width is up to 30 km. The area of the national park itself is 134 thousand hectares. Among the plants and animals found here, there are very rare species and endemics. Also in the park preserved plants of the pre-glacial period. In addition to natural attractions, the park has cultural and historical attractions – these are Paleolithic (10 – 14 thousand years ago). Bulgaria (9th-13th centuries) – Murom town. On the territory of the national park there is a house-museum of the poet A. Shiryaevts, a house-museum of the artist I.E. Repin, where works of folk art and documentary materials are exhibited, and an ethnographic museum in the village of Bolshaya Ryazan. An interesting place is Bogatyrskaya Sloboda, where an architectural complex was built in the open air in the old Russian traditions.
Samarskaya Luka is a popular place for recreation and tourism. There are bases and rest houses. Among local residents, the beach on the arrow of the rivers Mustache and Volga – “Golden Sands” is especially popular. Samarskaya Luka is known among kayaking enthusiasts. The local route “Zhigulevskaya round the world”, which runs along the famous bend of the Volga, stretches for 200 km.
To the north of the national park “Samarskaya Luka” in the Zhiguli mountains is the state Zhiguli nature reserve named after Ivan Ivanovich Sprygin. The area of the Zhigulevsky Reserve is 23.2 thousand hectares. Its information center is located in the village of Bakhilova Polyana near the city of Zhigulevsk. The average height of the Zhiguli Mountains is 300 m, the highest point is Mount Strelnaya (374 m). The mountains abruptly break off to the Volga River, forming cliffs and rocks. The landscapes of the Zhiguli are diverse – in addition to rocks and cliffs, there are deep ravines and mountain valleys. Broad-leaved forests and pine forests grow on the slopes of the Zhiguli Mountains, stony steppes stretch on the southern and southwestern slopes, and meadows lie in the mountain valleys. The tourist infrastructure in the reserve is poorly developed, there are not so many routes, for example, Strelnaya Mountain can be visited only with the permission of the reserve directorate, and excursions are held only in summer. Of the interesting places of the reserve, one can single out the village of Bakhilova Polyana, Bulgaria and numerous sources of mineral waters. The mineral waters of the Zhiguli are known throughout Russia – these are the mineral waters Rameno, Borskaya and Dvortsovaya.