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Swallow's Nest

Did you know what Konstantin Paustovsky, the famous Russian writer, write about Crimea? "...Each person, who has spent some time in Crime, leaves it with the feeling of regret and light sorrow which accompanies childhood memories and the hope of once more seeing this land of the south."

The resorts of the southern coast of the Crimean Peninsula have always attracted thousands of holidaymakers from all over Ukraine and Russia.

The Crimea's southern coast is a narrow strip of land from 2 to 12 km wide beginning at Cape Aya in the west and ending at Mount Karadag that is 577 m high and is located not far from the settlement of Planerskoye.

This strip of land is the coastal part of the southern slope of the Crimean Mountains in the south of Ukraine.

Coat-of-arms of Yalta
  The highest peak of these mountains, Mount Ai-Petri (1,234 m high), is located not far from the city of Yalta, the main resort city of the Southern Coast of Crimea.

Yalta is a resort city and also a large scientific and cultural center of Ukraine. The name of the city originated from a Greek word "yalos" that means "shore". The city with the population of about 90,000 inhabitants receives hundreds of thousands of visitors a year. Some of them stay at sanatoriums and have medical treatment; others stay at the city hotels and enjoy the sun and the sea.

We, Russian and Ukrainian people, know that Yalta health resort is recommended above all for people suffering from respiratory diseases (bronchitis, catarrhs of the upper respiratory tract and the pharynx, pneumonia, pleurisy, etc.

Swallow's Nest Castle
), from diseases of the cardio-vascular and nervous systems, from metabolic disorders and kidney diseases. The climate in this city quickly chases away fatigue and restores strength, calms and invigorates at the same time.

You can see a lot of places connected with the life of a Russian short story writer Anton Chekhov here: Chekhov Theater, Chekhov monument and Chekhov memorial museum in Yalta. Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), a famous Russian short story writer and playwright, used to live here and undergo medical treatment.

There is also a local lore museum, a literature museum and a city gallery. Besides, you can have an excursion to the place that is often called Crimea's visiting card: the famous Swallow's Nest , an old castle owned by Baron Steingel and built by Rusian architect A.

Uchan-Su waterfall
Sherwood in 1912 on the top of a rock called Aurora Rock. The castle is rather small: width 10 m, length 20 m and height only 12 m, but it is very impressive indeed. That castle has long become one of the symbols of the city. There is a restaurant in the castle now.

There are also guided tours to the Botanical Gardens, to the Pear-Tree Forest Glade forest reserve, to the so-called Fairy-Tale Glade and to Uchan-Su waterfall located to the north of the city in Yalta National Park.

Do not miss a guided tour of Massandra Distillery that is famous for its wines and attend a wine tasting session there. In general, follow the advertisements on the board or at your hotel to be able to see as much as possible.

Oreanda is one of the best hotels in Yalta. This is where I stayed several fine days in June.

Yalta beach
The prices vary and start from $75. I stayed at this hotel with my German friends who had arrived there to enjoy the Southern Crimean Coast.  The room was nice and overlooked the courtyard, not the beach. Oreanda Hotel is located right on the central beach. There is a nightclub called Matrix Mega Dance Club. Address: 35/2 Lenin Street. Directions: One more phone number: 068 487 46 43;  0654 328 336. 0654 328 228. Website: http://www.kayak.com/Yalta-Hotels.Oreanda_Hotel.75529.ksp

You can get to Yalta from Simferopol by trolley bus or by bus. If you are in a hurry, you can hire a taxi, which will allow you to stop wherever you like, to take pictures and to enjoy the views to the full.

 Tasting some fruit grown in Crimea: grapes, peaches, and plums was marvelous.

Livadia Palace
Crimea is famous for its vineyards and grapes are on sale everywhere...Visiting the settlement of Massandra located 3 km to the east of Yalta along the Yalta-Simferopol highway. This small town is famous for its winery established in 1936. Lots of well-known brands of Massandra wine were awarded lots of medals for their quality, among them Red Stone brand that received two first-prize awards. You can have a look at the cellar and the wine museum and taste some wine brands. Attending the wine tasting ceremony in Massandra was a great experience. You can see that the Crimean wine-growers and wine-makers create many fine brands of wine whose bouquet is in no way inferior to that of the best wines of France, Spain, Italy and other countries famed for their wines.

Visiting the Miskhor resort located approximately six miles away from Yalta is also a must in Yalta.

A view of Yalta from Crimean Mountains
You can see Cape Ai-Todor with an unusual castle on it called Lastochkino Gnezdo (Swallow’s Nest). This unique castle was built in 1912. Like a swallow’s nest the castle sticks to the 38-meter-high cliff. You can admire its turrets, spires, crenellations and loopholes and have a bite in the café located inside the castle.

Visiting the Yalta waterfall called Uchan-Su. Uchan-Su is the biggest of all the Crimean waterfalls (98 m high) and the most spectacular one. There is an observation platform on the upper part of the waterfall. That place is called Eagles’ Nest. The ancient Greeks called the waterfall "Kremastro-Nero" ("hanging water"). The Turks called it Uchan-Su

("flying water") and now it is often called simply the Yalta waterfall.

The coat-of-arms of Yalta
The waterfall is very beautiful in spring and in the rainy season. This waterfall is located on the northwestern outskirt of Yalta on the highway to Mount Ai-Petri (7 km) in the source of the Waterfall River.

Livadia Palace was built in 1911 for the Russian czars. The former czar's palace is a luxury indeed. They knew where and how to built!...Now it is a place of pilgrimage of lots of tourists. It attracts us by its history, its design, beautiful parks and splendid sea views. You can have a tour of the palace visiting the famous hall where the Yalta Conference of the Allied Powers was held in February 1945.

Do not overload your suitcase with things not needed on the trip. The summer season in Yalta starts in May. People dress lightly in summer, southern-style.

Yalta Hotel
. Even in the evening the vacationers prefer to wear cotton clothes. A light-colored summer suit is quite appropriate dress for a man planning to spend the evening at a restaurant, variety show or the theater. However, a wool jacket or sweater might not amiss during an evening walk in May and the beginning of June or in September. In spring or in autumn a raincoat or light coat may come in handy on occasional rainy days and in the evening.

Summer in Yalta is hot and dry. The average temperature in July and August is +24 degrees Celsius. Summer is the season when roses, magnolia, oleander and pomegranate trees are in bloom and when aromatic Crimean fruit becomes ripe.

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Swallows Nest
Swallow's Nest
Coat-of-arms of Yalta
Coat-of-arms of Yalta
Swallows Nest Castle
Swallow's Nest Castle
Uchan-Su waterfall
Uchan-Su waterfall
Yalta beach
Yalta beach
Livadia Palace
Livadia Palace
A view of  Yalta from Crimean Moun…
A view of Yalta from Crimean Mou…
The coat-of-arms of Yalta
The coat-of-arms of Yalta
Yalta Hotel
Yalta Hotel
A birds eye view of Yalta
A bird's eye view of Yalta
Lenin monument in Yalta
Lenin monument in Yalta
Cactus Restaurant&Club at the Sea …
Cactus Restaurant&Club at the Sea…
Livadia Palace
Livadia Palace
Livadia Palace
Livadia Palace
At Oreanda Hotel with my friends
At Oreanda Hotel with my friends
Livadia Palace
Livadia Palace
Downtown Yalta
Downtown Yalta
During a guided tour
During a guided tour
At Massandra winery
At Massandra winery
During a guided tour
During a guided tour
Oreanda Hotel, Yalta
Oreanda Hotel, Yalta
Yalta symbols
Yalta symbols
A view of  Yalta from Crimean Moun…
A view of Yalta from Crimean Mou…
A view of  Yalta from Crimean Moun…
A view of Yalta from Crimean Mou…
A view of  Yalta from Crimean Moun…
A view of Yalta from Crimean Mou…
A birds eye view of  Yalta
A bird's eye view of Yalta
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol symbols
Simferopol symbols
Crimean symbols
Crimean symbols
Crimean symbols
Crimean symbols
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
Simferopol railway station
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