There are symbols of Crimea that are heard by everyone, even those who have not been to the peninsula. And SMAPSE experts will talk about places that are in no way inferior to popular tourist ones, but about which there is very little information in guidebooks.
Kerch is a city full of sights:
- Adzhimushkay quarries
- Mithridates staircase
- Church of St. John the Baptist
- Yeni-Kale fortress
- Tsarsky burial mound
- Kerch fortress
You can have a great time in Kerch - enjoy the sea, warm yourself in the sun, and enrich yourself culturally. In addition, Kerch is a city of military glory with a rich past, which old-timers will gladly tell you about.
Another name for the General's beaches is the Coast of a Thousand Bays. This beautiful place is located near Kerch and represents the bays of the Azov Sea, surrounded by rocks. Sandy beaches with clean sand, cool but comfortable water, cliffs. The bottom is flat and clean, and the bays are also suitable for families with children - the depth starts far from the coast. The fact that the place is not very popular plays into his hands - the General's beaches have preserved the pristine beauty and untouched nature.
Ai-Petri is a real symbol of Crimea. And although the mountain is very famous, there are usually few tourists on it. Ai-Petri attracts with its views, bizarre shapes and colors. The height of the mountain peak is 1234 meters, translated from Greek “Ai-Petri” means “Saint Peter”.
You can get to Ai-Petri from Yalta by cable car - the most comfortable option, on foot along the Botkin trail, by taxi. At the foot of the mountain there is the Petrinsky meridian, caves, a meteorological station, an observation deck.
Foros Church, or the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, is an Orthodox church built in 1892 on the Red Rock cliff. The height at which the temple is located is 412 meters above sea level.
The Foros Church was built in honor of a miraculous event: on October 17, 1888, a train traveling from Crimea to St. Petersburg crashed - derailed. On board was the Emperor Alexander III and his family, who by some miracle did not suffer at all. Having learned about this, one of the largest merchants of this area, Alexander Kuznetsov, decided to build a temple as gratitude to God for the preservation of the royal family.
In Soviet times, the temple was almost blown up by order of the General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1990, the Foros Church was returned to the Russian Orthodox Church, and since then, continuous improvement work has been carried out here.
One of the most famous sights of Alushta is the Valley of Ghosts on Mount Demerdzhi. Of course, there are no flying creatures here: the area got its name from several dozen rocks, which nature gave forms that resemble figures of people and animals. With the setting of the Sun, the figures seem to come to life and become even more like living beings. By the way, it was here that the film "Prisoner of the Caucasus" was filmed and Natalya Varley performed "The Song of Bears" on one of the rocks.
Rest in Crimea should not be limited to the sea. Another beautiful body of water is Turquoise Lake, which got its name from the purity and color of the water. The reservoir is formed by springs and is surrounded by forest and mountains, so the water is cold here. Of course, such a place was not without legends: it is believed that this water is magical, it has the ability to remove curses. It is especially recommended to swim in the Turquoise Lake for those who are unlucky in their personal lives. This vacation is suitable for those who are not afraid of the lack of civilization and amenities: there are no hotels here, all visitors stay in tents.