Balaklava is a city with a rich military history. Emerged as a Genoese fortress, it was the home of the British fleet during the Crimean war, and a closed Soviet city, which housed a factory for the repair of submarines. And today Balaklava is a Mecca for yachting and fishing lovers.
If you are tired of sunbathing or visiting museums, try outdoor activities in Crimea. The peninsula has great opportunities, both for professionals and beginners. And if paragliding is too much for you, come to extreme sports festivals: there’re lots to see.
In the Crimean Tatar language, Köktöbel means “the land of blue hills.” When the light is right, the mountains around the town really do appear to be a cool shade of sky-blue. However, there are plenty of other colours in Koktebel, home to festivals, music and celebration.
Crimea has much to offer to wine enthusiasts. It is worth taking a dedicated tour to immerse yourself in the history of winemaking and the variety of flavours: from the eastern bouquets of Solnechnaya Dolina to the dry sparkling wines of Sevastopol, from indigenous grapes of ancient Greece to today’s high-tech plants.
Crimean cave monasteries were established in the Middle Ages. They are still inhabited by monks hidden away from the world in the mountain gorges, amid the rocks, forests and ancient fortresses between Sevastopol and Bakhchisarai. Here, the present meets the long-standing traditions of the early Christians in Crimea.
Today, this is one of the biggest children’s centres in the world, with parks occupying 102 hectares of its total area of 218 hectares. The centre offers unforgettable holidays for children at its seven kilometres of beaches, 10 camps and various educational and sports centres.