In Crimea, there is quite a lot to see interms of attractions, ranging from natural beauty, ending with fortresses and rocky towns. I am more interested in just natural, and therefore I most often go to the Crimea on some kind of a hike, where you can enjoy the mountain views in full. Nevertheless, there are cultural sights that can be visited while on holiday in one of the resorts, or traveling by car around the peninsula (either your own or rented). In general, there is a choice for a specific person.
The content of the article
- 1 Author's excursions
- 2 What to see in the Crimea
- 3 attractions Map
For those who want to save preparation timeto travel and dive more fully into the atmosphere and history of the peninsula, I would recommend using the services of an individual guide in the Crimea. In my opinion, individual excursions are much more interesting than organized excursions with their large number of people and a hackneyed program. Especially with a private guide, you can always agree on a convenient time and day for you and adjust the tour.
Below are selected high-quality author excursions, look, maybe something will suit you. First of all, pay attention to the tour “Heroic Sevastopol”.
Excursions in Crimea
What to see in the Crimea
Swallow's Nest is a castle above the sea, at the verythe edge of a cliff, a symbol of the southern coast of Crimea. High spiers and jagged walls can impress anyone. Even those who have seen the most luxurious palaces in Europe come to the Swallow Nest to climb the balcony and, standing over the precipice, admire the sea. In principle, there is nothing more to do there. But you can hear from guides the history of the appearance of the castle, of course, this is a story of great love. And lovers of cultural recreation can please exhibitions and concerts that are regularly held in the halls of the castle.
You can get to the Swallow Nest by bus Yalta-Alupka or by boat from the seaport.
Chersonese - a place you want to visitevery historian, but they are always there less than ordinary tourists. It is not just the ruins of another ancient city. Chersonesos - a whole complex of buildings, created at different times, but harmoniously merged into a single picture. Antique columns, narrow streets, amphoras are located next to the medieval defensive towers, and above all this stands the masterpiece of church construction - St. Vladimir's Cathedral. Chersonese is located in the city of Sevastopol.
Not far from Feodosia is the village of Koktebel,in Turkic - the country of blue peaks. Incredibly romantic and picturesque place, where the sights are located just at every turn. Lovers of active leisure and clean azure beaches come here, and in September, connoisseurs of live music also come: every year the famous jazz festival takes place here, gathering the best performers from around the world.
Waterpark, diving and planing centers,Dolphinarium, dinotherium, Cape Chameleon, Karadag Nature Museum, M. Voloshin House Museum - this is not a complete list of Koktebel wonders! Nearby is also the Klementyev Mountain, the most famous in Europe due to the power of the ascending flows. Here you can experience the study flight on gliders, hang-gliders, paragliders and airplanes "Vilga" and "AN-2", as well as parachute jumping. No less vivid impressions await those who decide on a night boat trip to meet the dawn at the Golden Gate rock.
Jur-Jur is the deepest waterfall inCrimea, which does not dry out even in the hottest summer. It is located near the village of Generalskoye in the gorge Haphal. The path to the waterfall is along winding forest paths. Huge oaks, wooden bridges and benches, the murmur of the Ulu-Uzen River and the clean mountain air make the road to the waterfall an unforgettable journey. The cascade of jur-jura falls from a height of 15 meters, stunning rainbows and splashes. Behind a small log bridge there is a viewing platform. Not far from the waterfall is the cave Jur-Jur.
Vorontsov Palace - one of the most beautiful placesCrimea. This is a huge building of greenish-gray stone, which was built over 23 years. Magnificent marble fountains are located in front of the palace, refined sculptures are assembled in the winter garden and on the terraces of the southern facade. Around the palace on the area of 40 hectares there is a garden. Exotic plants, lakes, grottoes, meadows, thickets, magnolia and palm alleys, cascades, streams and heaps of rocks make this place look like a fairy tale. More than 200 species of rare trees and shrubs are collected here. You can get to the Vorontsov Palace along the Yalta-Alupka highway.
One of the most popular attractionsCrimea - the famous Grand Canyon. Here opens all the picturesque nature of pristine nature: steep cliffs, rapid waterfalls, grottoes and deep gorges. A small piece of the lost world with a length of more than three kilometers is hidden from civilization on the northern slopes of the main ridge of the Crimean Mountains. Once a route our hike just ran through this very canyon, very beautiful, I hope, to repeat somehow.
The most popular places in the Grand Canyon -spring source Pania and Bath Youth. In the strongest summer heat, the water temperature here does not rise above 10 degrees. According to legend, anyone who dips into the source, becomes healthy and young. It is necessary to come up with something, only these legends are not all original.
To get to the Grand Canyon, you needcome to the city of Bakhchisarai, and from there to the village of Sokolinoye. There you can take a taxi, which will reach the bridge over the Kokkozka River - the nearest place to the Grand Canyon of Crimea. I wrote more in the post, how to get to the canyon.
Nikitsky Botanical Garden
Nikitsky Botanical Garden is a masterpiecelandscape art. An area of 40 hectares contains a huge collection of rare flowers, lianas and bushes, as well as tropical palm trees, giant redwoods, rhododendrons, magnolias, and yews of the preglacial period. Here are regularly held thematic exhibitions (tulips, roses, orchids, chrysanthemums and even living butterflies), for the sake of which tourists from all over the world come to Crimea. Cactuses and agaves grow on the stone hills of the park, lilies and lotus flowers blossom in the pools. In the tasting room you can taste not only traditional Crimean wines and balsams, but also exotic fruits grown in the Nikitsky Botanical Garden: almonds, figs, kiwi, zizifus, fig, feijoa, olives.
You can get to the Nikitsky Botanical Gardens along the Alushta-Yalta highway (M18): get to Nikita village and, following the signs, go down to the main entrance to the garden.
Genoese Fortress - one of the most spectacularmonuments of the history of Crimea. Built in the best traditions of the Middle Ages, it amazes with the perfection of engineering thought. The area of the fortress is almost 30 hectares. Here you can see the 15-meter defensive towers, the jagged tops of the fortress walls, the Consular castle, a deep ditch, the Main Gate complex. Between the defensive tiers visible remnants of urban neighborhoods and peaceful buildings. The building of the former mosque is now open historical-architectural museum "Sudak Fortress."
In August there is a festival of historicalreconstruction “Genoese helmet”, where masters of knightly art play events of the medieval era: brave knights and noble ladies, battles and tournaments, artisans and gunsmiths - transfer viewers to the magical world of Crimean history.
You can get to the Genoese fortress before reaching Sudak, and then transfer to a minibus to s. Cozy (stop "Fortress").
Ai-Petri - one of the most picturesque mountain peaksCrimea. Located near Alupka, in the area of the Yalta reserve. It is possible to climb Ai-Petri by cable car from the village of Miskhor. This road is one of the longest unsupported spans in the world, and the ascent over the mountain ranges gives a lot of pleasure. The only bad thing is that during the season the cable car can be a long line and we could not get on it. Since we were going, we came to Aipetri from the Grand Canyon, and then went down on a regular bus, and not waiting for the queue on the cable car
Rising to an altitude of 1200 meters above sea level, you can see a spectacular panorama - from the observation deck or from the window of a cafe, where tourists are treated to delicious national cuisine.
On the plateau Ai-Petri, except for the unique naturesouthern coast, you can see weather stations, caves and beech forest. Ride horses and camels. A descent from Ai-Petri leads to the highest waterfall of Crimea, Uchan-Su.
You can descend from Ai-Petri along one of the three hiking trails: Koreizskaya, Taraktashskaya or Botkinskaya.
Taigan Safari Park
The park of lions Taigan is the largest nursery of wild animals in Europe. It is located near the town of Belogorsk, near the Taigan reservoir (turn to Aleksandrovka).
Here on the territory of 32 hectares in free conditions58 lions live. Three-meter trellised platforms were built above the park, on which visitors walk, observing the behavior of predators. Camels, deer, antelopes, parrots, giraffes, tigers and boars also live in the spacious enclosures of the park. Children gladly agree to stroke huge lion cubs and take photos with them as a souvenir (for a fee).
You can get to the safari park from Simferopol - any bus that goes towards Kerch, Feodosia. You need to get out in Belogorsk, on the turn to the village of Aleksandrovka.
Sights of Crimea
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P.S. In fact, the list of the best attractions may be for everyone, so the post does not claim to be absolute truth. Just in case, here's another link to my post about all the ways how to get to Crimea.