Odessa is a port on the Black Sea. It has long been popular with tourists due to its wide sandy beaches and special microclimate. Today here you can choose a vacation for every taste – from the simplest to the most expensive. In Odessa itself there are hotels of different levels and sanatoriums specializing in the treatment of various diseases. In the vicinity of the city there are resorts Zatoka (Karolino-Bugaz), Ilyichevsk, Koblevo, Sergeevka. The beaches provide a lot of entertainment – water slides, boat trips and yachts, jet skis, children’s attractions, numerous bars and cafes, youth discos. Around Odessa and its surroundings are more than 30 excursions.
Rest in Crimea is accessible to the general population and at the same time will leave an unforgettable experience. Warm sea, abundance of sun, healing air attract many tourists every year. In addition, Crimea, like no other place, is rich in sights – these are picturesque mountains, steppe expanses, the subtropical Black Sea coast, the legendary cities of Crimea, monuments of architecture and ancient architecture, mounds, fortresses, palaces.
According to TOP-MEDICAL-SCHOOLS, Crimea is beautiful at any time of the year. In spring, everything around is buried in lush flowering, filling the air with wonderful smells. Summer lasts 4 – 5 months. Clear and windy weather prevails. There are no sharp fluctuations in atmospheric pressure and high humidity, which is especially beneficial for well-being. The water temperature at this time can reach +26 degrees. Autumn in Crimea is the “velvet season”. The sea is still warm (+21…+22 degrees in September near the South coast), there are a lot of fruits and vegetables. There are fewer vacationers at this time, and prices are moderate. Even in winter, you can have a great rest in Crimea – go skiing on Ai-Petri, and upon your return, swim in the swimming pool with sea water.
Crimea is conditionally divided into western, southern and eastern.
The western coast of Crimea is a steppe region. The resorts are located on the shores of the shallow Kalamitsky Bay with sandy beaches. They are known as places for children and families, effective treatment with mud and mineral waters. The largest resorts on the West Bank are Sevastopol, Evpatoria, Saki.
Eastern Crimea attracts with mountain landscapes, wildlife, the opportunity to enjoy the bouquet of famous Koktebel wines, the comfort of fabulous bays at the foot of the mountains. The resorts of the East Coast include Kerch, Koktebel, Novy Svet, Sudak, Feodosia.
The southern coast of Crimea (South Coast) stretches from Cape Aya in the west to Feodosia in the east. The largest number of resorts are concentrated here – Alupka, Alushta, Gaspra, Gurzuf, Koreiz, Livadia, Massandra, Miskhor, Nikita, Oreanda, Simeiz, Foros, Yalta. From the north, this resort region is protected from the invasion of cold air masses by the main ridge of the Crimean Mountains, and from the south it is washed by the Black Sea, which in summer brings coolness and moderates heat. On the entire South Coast, favorable climatic conditions contribute to the growth of heat-loving plants that purify the air and make it healing. Alupka, Gaspra, Gurzuf, Koreiz, Livadia, Massandra, Miskhor, Nikita, Simeiz, Foros, Yaltaform a single settlement called Big Yalta.
The total length of the Crimean beaches is 517 km. In Feodosia – beautiful sandy beaches with a gentle slope of the seabed, in Koktebel – a pebble beach, and fine sand at the bottom, in Sudak – coarse dark gray sand. From Sudak to Alushta there are sand and pebble beaches. In Alushta – small pebbles, a wide beach line, a moderately steep slope, in Yalta, Alupka, Miskhor and Gurzuf – gravel and pebble beaches with a steep slope, in Foros – large pebbles, underwater and surface rocks, in Evpatoria – beautiful sandy beaches with a flat sandy bottom and gentle slope, in Saki – sandy-fine gravel beaches with a very wide beach line. Most hotels there is a private beach, the use of which is included in the price of the tour. City beaches are free. On any coast there are nudist beaches.
Transport in Ukraine
Rail transport is very well developed, although it has a fairly outdated rolling stock. The railway network covers almost the entire country, rising even to the Carpathians. Tickets are purchased at specialized agencies and at the station. There are no ticket discounts. Recently, a network of “improved passenger service” ticket offices has been developed, where, for a slightly higher fee, you can buy tickets to “deficient” destinations without standing in lines and with a greater guarantee.
High-speed railway traffic between the cities of Kyiv-Kharkov, Kyiv-Dnepropetrovsk was opened. In the near future, it is planned to open high-speed highways Kyiv-Odessa, Kyiv-Lvov, as well as Moscow-Kharkov-Simferopol.
Most of the passenger traffic in cities is transported by buses and trolleybuses (in Kiev there are metro and tram). Simferopol and Yalta are connected by the longest trolleybus route in Europe (travel time – 1 hour 30 minutes). Fares vary from city to city.
Intercity and suburban buses connect almost all settlements of the country. Tickets are purchased at bus stations or from the driver (on the way). The fare depends on the distance (5-7 kopecks per kilometer) and the comfort of the bus. In Crimea regular intercity buses run quite often (interval – 15-25 minutes).
Taxis can be hired almost everywhere. The fare is from 0.1 (east of the country) to 0.3 USD (Kyiv, Crimea) per km. At night, the rate doubles. When traveling outside the city limits, the fare should be agreed in advance. Shuttle taxis operate between the main resort areas and train stations (the fare varies from company to company). In the coastal zone, a sufficiently large passenger flow is carried by sea vessels.
When traveling by car, it should be borne in mind that when crossing the border, a fee is charged for a vehicle, the ticket for which is often checked by the DAI of Ukraine, as well as the collection of compulsory civil liability insurance. If the entry is made for a period of more than 2 months, the car must be registered at the nearest AIM office. For temporary stays, both international and national driver’s licenses are valid. The central highways are in fairly good condition, while the mountain roads of the Crimea and the Carpathians are quite narrow and winding, and besides, they are often in not very good condition. It is especially risky to drive on such roads in the rain. Often, mining dump trucks (east of the country) or agricultural machinery with many attachments move along public roads, and herds of livestock are also driven. Increased attention should be observed in the area of numerous markets (including roadside ones),
To rent a car, the tenant must be at least 21 years old. He must present a driver’s license, from the date of issue of which at least 2 years have passed, and his civil passport. You can rent both domestic and foreign cars. The rental price depends on the class of the car, as well as on the chosen company. For a foreign car, it can range from 40 to 250 USD. When renting a car for a long period, discounts are provided in the tariffs. The insurance deposit, depending on the model of the car, is paid in advance and is returned upon fulfillment of the terms of the contract immediately after the return of the car. When paying for services with a card, the amount of the security deposit is blocked on the client’s account in accordance with the rental agreement. Cars are rented with a full tank of fuel, but fuel is not included in the rental price.