Crimea is a peninsula located on the South of Ukraine. The usual background information about this place is quite possible to read on Wikipedia.
Crimea is incredibly beautiful! The sea, mountains and valleys, wonderful air, lots of beaches and small resort towns located along the coast, «marshrutki» driving fast on the serpentine roads surrounded by ubiquitous beauty - it is not necessarily to stay in one place for long – there are so many amazing landscapes in Crimea!
Being in Ukraine from May to October why do not to go for a couple of days to the seaside? For example, on a airplane from Kiev you'll be in Crimea in one and a half of hour, by train – about 12 hours.
Many Ukrainians and inhabitants of the nearest countries ride exactly to the South Coast of Crimea to get the best effect and satisfaction :). Hurzuf, Yalta, Alupka, Foros, etc – all towns and settlements are pretty close to each other.
South Coast is the warmest place in our country, here are the subtropics separated by the Crimean Mountains from the north, so towns and villages locate on the slopes and descend to the sea.
However the rest of Crimea is also interesting: Black Sea on the South and West, the more shallow, warmer Sea of Azov on the East, the central part is the boundless steppe, and of course the mountains with legends living in there. As I've already said, being here on vacation, be sure to ride all over the Crimea.
Besides the indescribable beauty of nature in Crimea you can see a plenty of antiquities and places of interest:
- Vorontsov Palace in Alupka (on photo) -
- Livadia Palace
- Hansaray (The Khan's Palace in Bakhchisaray)
- Prince Yusupov Palace in Koreiz near Yalta
- The Bird's Nest placed on a steep 40-meter cliff in Gaspra
- Massandra Palace of Emperor Alexander III
-The Genoese fortress well conserved in Sudak (on photo)
- Citadel in Feodosia
- Cembalo fortress in Balaklava
- and the others, mostly destroyed. The ruins of some of them tower above the ancient Cave towns.
Ancient cities of Crimea:
Crimea has a history. At the ancient times it was known as Tauris (home to the Tauric tribes) - the Greeks called it so. They told about Tauris in their myths, built here a city-settlements, but Greeks were neither the first nor the last "guests" here.
The geographical location and climate made the coast of peninsula the perfect place to live and to trade, as well as attracted invaders throughout the history. So indigenous tribes were forced to settle in the mountains. So they founded there the inaccessible and protected cave cities.
Now these sities are the most remarkable historical and archaeological monuments of Crimea, there is a total of fourteen. They are all located in the beautiful mountains and located so as to form a sort of "golden ring". The most interesting of them:
- Mangup Kale - capital of the ancient principality of Theodore (14-15 century), in which I was fortunate enough to visit in May 2011
- Eski Kerman (16th century)
- Shuldan and Charter - the cave monasteries.
Also or even more famous are the ruins of the ancient city of Chersonesus, pledged by the Greeks two thousand years ago (Sebastopol)
I'm sure that it's not a complete list of the crimean charms so you will always find the reason why to go and what to see in Crimea.
Crimea mixed cultures and religions. This is the place of the former power of the human, traces of the kings, khans, great writers and artists... And of course the incredible local nature, it is the true greatness of God.
It is believed that the Tatars, true Crimeans, feel and define themselves slightly apart. And they do not like the tourists really, especially visitors from Moscow and Kiev. But they have to be polite decause tourism is the main source of their income.
Also many people say that service here is bad and the prices are too high. However, everyone who comes to Crimea finds something he looks for. This summer I spent a week at the incredibly fabulous Tarkhankut:
Thousands of tourists every summer jam most popular cities and beaches. Most of them have their own history, and more then one, about the crimean summer holliday. The entire former Sovet Union rested here, the variety of classic Soviet movies was shot here. Every family photo album has photos from Crimea! :)
People know the places. They choose the time correctly and arrive here to breathe free. Apparently, they are still find in the Crimea their own, cool and unique feature.
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