Gavrila Derzhavin was born in the village of Sokury in the vicinity of Laishevo, which is why the town has many sights associated with him. One of the town’s squares is named after Derzhavin (and a statue of him is on that square, too). The Laishevo Region Museum also bears Derzhavin’s name. A large part of the museum’s exhibits are devoted to Derzhavin. Regular events are costumed tours and degustation of local delicacies – smoked fish and honey. Another event called the Derzhavin Readings, where they present their own literature award, annually attracts many literature enthusiasts. The All-Russia Derzhavin festival, which is a huge costumed celebration, also takes place here. There is a village called Derzhavino in the district, and the neighboring village Yegoryevo holds a family vault where the poet’s parents are buried, to the right from the Epiphany Church.
Other interesting places in the Laishevsky district include the Ilyinskaya Church (founded in 1820) in Peschanye Kovali village and the Church of Transfiguration in Bolshiye Kabany, while in the Kirbi village the only wooden mosque in the region is located. The tourists often take in water from the spring of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Sredneye Devyatovo: it is here that three rivers – the Volga, the Kama and the Mesha – merge into one, and their water is believed to possess special properties!
In the tourist complex of Shuranskoye Podvorye you can both visit the Nativity Church of the first half of the 18th century and the remains of the ancient city of Kashan and have a good time riding horses, milking cows and goats and lying on the grass by the side of Kuybyshev reservoir.
And in late May the central tourist attraction is Russkoye Nikolskoye village – lovers of mass celebrations and folk craft come to the Karavon folk festival, sometimes even from faraway countries. Anyone who feels like it can stay at Santa Health Resort, and those who favor a more active recreation are advised to visit the Volga Tourist Complex. Laishevo and its surroundings have caught the fancy of tourists traveling around Tatarstan by car.