20 most beautiful places in Crimea
The Crimean peninsula is one of most beautiful places on earth. And thanks to the construction of a grandiose bridge across the Kerch Strait, it has become easier to get to its wonders and sights. If you are planning your first trip to the "Homecoming Peninsula", or have already been there on vacation, but want to see something new and interesting, we will tell you the most beautiful places in Crimea. The list was compiled taking into account the reviews of tourists on review sites, as well as the recommendations of travel agencies.
The name of the largest waterfall of the peninsula in Turkic means "flying water". There is a beautiful legend that a beautiful girl was turned into a waterfall, who, becoming a swift stream, helped her loved ones get rid of the drought. In the summer months, the waterfall is not particularly impressive, but during the period of snow melting on the Yalta Yaila, it fully justifies its name.
This is one of the most famous tourist attractions, featured on many postcards and photos dedicated to Crimea. The Neo-Gothic castle was erected on the sheer cliff of Aurora. Near it is a wish tree and viewing platforms, and art exhibitions are held inside the castle.
Valley of ghosts
This mysterious place is full of bizarre rocks. Some of them look like people and animals, others look like objects or fantastic creatures. At dawn and dusk, thanks to the play of light and shadows, the figures seem to come to life and change their outlines, color and even shape.
You can admire the beautiful views in the Crimea from the picturesque mountain Ai-Petri. You can climb to the top of the mountain using the Miskhor – Ai-Petri cable car, and we recommend going down the beautiful Taraktash trail leading straight to Yalta.
The former summer residence of Nicholas II served as a meeting place for Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill. The Yalta Conference of 1945 was held in this palace, where issues of the post-war order were resolved. Currently, the palace hosts thematic exhibitions, and there are two permanent exhibitions: one is dedicated to the Romanov family, the other is dedicated to the Crimean Conference of the leaders of the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition.
Tourists are allowed into this natural monument only if accompanied by employees of the reserve, and you need to move along special eco-trails. Many representatives of the flora and fauna of the Karadag Reserve are listed in the Red Book. During a four-hour excursion, you can admire unusual rock formations (“King and Queen”, “Ivan the Robber”, “Golden Gate”, etc.), numerous bays and the enchanting beauty of the Black Sea.
One of the most beautiful sights of Crimea is divided into several halls, each of which has its own unique look. Beautiful crystals, sinter columns, openwork baths and pools, and other wonders of this treasury of the mountain king make the Marble Cave a must-see in Crimea. Just dress warmly, because in the underground halls the temperature does not rise above 8 degrees Celsius.
The Massandra Palace
The construction of this palace took a long time – from 1881 to 1902. However, he was not destined to become at least a temporary home for the first persons of the Russian Empire, the last Russian autocrat preferred the Livadia Palace. At present, the Massandra Palace attracts tourists with its beautiful park and park area.
Near the village of Zelenogorye, in the gorge, there is the purest deep-sea lake Panagia, the waters of which have an emerald hue. They reflect the mountain peaks surrounding the lake in a ring. In the vicinity of Panagia, there are Arpathian cascades of waterfalls.
Up to 5 thousand swans and up to 250 species of migratory birds live in the reserve with a beautiful name in summer. Gulls, ducks, cormorants, gray and white herons and other handsome birds inhabit six islands stretching along the Black Sea coast of the Karkinitsky Bay.
The size of Jur-Jur cannot be compared with highest waterfalls in the world, but it is the most full-flowing and one of the most beautiful waterfalls of the Crimea. In a second, he throws out up to 270 liters of water. It is better to admire this miracle of nature in the distance, it not only makes noise, but also “throws” stones that fly down along with the water.
One of the main historical monuments in Crimea was an important Greek settlement in the 5th century BC. It was from him that the Greek expansion to the east and west of Crimea began. Now Tauric Chersonesos can be visited both independently and in the company of a guide who will tell you interestingly about Greek customs, traditions and legends.
This cape got its name due to the fact that it changes color depending on the time of day and weather. It is made up of shales that reflect light in different ways.
This landscape park is located near the village of Steregushchee, one of the the most inexpensive places to stay in the Crimea. There are no equipped beaches on the territory of the spit, but there are "wild" beaches with pleasant yellow sand. An ideal place for walking and relaxing.
Crimea is home to some of the most beautiful palaces. And one of them is Vorontsovsky, bearing the name of his customer – Count M.S. Vorontsov. The building is a unique mixture of Indo-Moorish and English Tudor architectural style. The palace is surrounded by a large and well-groomed park, and in the building itself there is a museum with pompous interiors.
Chekhov and Yesenin once walked along this 19-kilometer-long embankment. Abundantly “seasoned” with greenery, the Yalta embankment combines modern chic with elegant antiquity. On its territory there are bars, restaurants, hotels, a children's amusement park, as well as the Roffe baths, built at the end of the XNUMXth century.
This is the main attraction of the small resort town of Balaklava. The bay is hardly noticeable from the sea, the winding fairway protects it from strong waves, and steep cliffs from the wind. It is best to appreciate the landscapes of the Balaklava Bay on a boat, a skiff, or by climbing up to the Cembalo fortress – it offers a breathtaking view of the sea.
• Although lavender is considered the hallmark of French Provence, there are no less beautiful lavender fields in Crimea. They can be seen, in particular, on both sides of the Simferopol-Sudak road, on Cape Tarkhankut and near Alushta, near the village of Lavender.
The main features of this piece of land formed by volcanic rocks are bizarre rocks and a clear sea with emerald green water. To the east of the cape is Jasper Beach, which is reached by a staircase with 800 steps.
This huge basin, located in the southeast of the peninsula, is surrounded on all sides by green mountains. Many rivers flow into the valley, which form small waterfalls. And in the center of the basin is the Chernorechenskoye reservoir – the largest in the Crimea. Many rare plants grow in the Baidarskaya Valley, and for its pleasant mild climate, it received the unofficial title of "Crimean Switzerland".