20 most beautiful places of Crimea

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Crimea is deservedly considered one of the most beautiful and ancient corners of our planet. Local nature and cultural sites repeatedly transmitted to the canvases of great artists. But not a single one the picture is not able to convey the grandeur and richness of colors peninsula. Many-sided, magical and exciting – Crimea fits in many bays, waterfalls, mysterious caves, magnificent palaces and many other pearls of nature and architecture. To your attention to 20 beautiful places from the many magnificent.

The magical beauty of Crimea: top 20 most impressive places peninsula

Nomination a place Sight rating
The magical beauty of Crimea: top 20 most impressive places peninsula 1 Vorontsov Palace 5.0
2 Cape Ai-Todor 4.9
3 Chufut-Kale 4.8
4 Taraktash trail 4.8
5 Wuchang-Su Waterfall 4.7
6 Massandra Palace 4.7
7 Ai-petri 4.7
8 Koyashskoe lake 4.6
9 Lavender fields 4.5
10 Marble Cave 4.5
11 Jur-Jur Waterfall 4.5
12 Baidar Valley 4.4
13 Foros Church 4.4
14 Tarhankut 4.3
15 Ak-Kaya (White Rock) 4.3
16 Yusupov Palace 4.2
17 Temple of the sun 4.1
18 Panagia Lake 4.1
19 Cape Chameleon 4.0
20 Mount Roman Kosh 4.0

Vorontsov Palace

Attraction rating (Crimea): 5.0

Vorontsov Palace

Massive building located in Alupka – once a possession Russian prince Vorontsov. Designed by an English architect the complex is a multilayer work of art: in The construction process used several styles at once. The northern facade is made in the style of the Tudors, the facade facing the sea – in moorish. The southern entrance is guarded by marble lions. Generally the architecture of the palace can be called neo-Gothic.

The historical site is represented by five interconnected buildings consisting of 150 rooms. Inside there is also a billiard room, library, chapel, dining room and even a winter garden. Vorontsovsky the palace is considered one of the most picturesque on the peninsula and is very significant from a historical point of view: in its halls are represented luxurious collections of paintings, porcelain, fine furniture work.

All this splendor is complemented by a park that spans 40 hectares around the palace. Worked on the creation of this green paradise German gardener Karl Kebach. He managed to create a real natural amphitheater with more than 200 species of flora from all over the world.

Here is located an impressive tourist construction unusual kind called Chaos. Presented by huge pieces of diabase an object 10 meters high is located in the upper part of the park. She is more restrained, perhaps even harsh. The lower part of the park is real a collection of magnificent fountains, slender cypresses, magnolias and small lakes. An amazing combination of incompatible makes this The park is unique and worthy of attention even of a sophisticated tourist.

Cape Ai-Todor

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.9

Cape Ai-Todor

Deservedly considered one of the most spectacular and memorable natural beauties of Crimea. This is a huge rocky massif, almost impregnable from the sea. Protected landscape for most tourists seem like a real trident of Neptune, crashing into the sea water column. Rocky spurs create such a vivid picture, as if blocks of stone going into the sea. Central and largest of them – “Burun Monastery”. In medieval times it was located here monastery of St. Theodore, on whose behalf the name cape.

But the middle spur (more precisely, its eastern part) is already more than a hundred years is known as the place where one of the most famous peninsula architectural landmarks – Swallow Nest. A castle towering at a height of forty meters, built in Gothic style, became the idea of ​​an unknown Russian officer, who took the liberty of building a unique structure, as if soaring between the sky and the sea. Today Swallow’s Nest attracts thousands of tourists every year, becoming a visiting card peninsula.

No less famous is the third threshold of the cape, the southernmost and highest among all – Ai-Todorsky. For many centuries, it has been reliable. reference point for sailors. Back in 1835 there was built a lighthouse, which is not only preserved to this day, but all still functional.

Chufut-Kale

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.8

Chufut-Kale

Located in close proximity to Bakhchisaray, this The ancient cave city began its existence before our era. AND in the 5th century (presumably) AD it turned into one of the most powerfully fortified Crimean fortresses. Historians believe that the fortress originates from the small settlement of Fulla, records of which are found in the Byzantine chronicles. In those distant times Chufut-Kale actively developed: handicraft flourished here, coinage, typography was born.

After 10 centuries (in the 1500s) near the city began the famous Bakhchisaray – the future will grow rapidly residence of the Crimean khans. Over time, Chufut-Kale became gradually fade into the background: he turned into a prison, but far from the most commonplace. At one time, noble captives were kept here, for whom could get a good ransom.

After the Crimean peninsula is attached to the Russian Empire, Chufut-Kale begins to die gradually. At the end of the 19th century the last inhabitants left the city. Today it is one of the most significant and well-preserved ancient historical monuments attracting many tourists.

Taraktash trail

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.8

Taraktashskaya trail

This is the most famous and convenient way from Yalta to Ai-Petri. Trail it has a rather steep slope, so going down it it’s a pleasure, but the climb will be more difficult. But still, the view opening at the same time is so mesmerizing that immediately forget about all the hardships of a traveler on the road. Wild delight one of the most impressive natural places of Crimea – the Tarakash tract.

The homonymous trail is one of its main attractions. It was laid at the beginning of the 19th century. And although its difficult call easy, it was she who gained the most popularity as among local residents and among guests of the peninsula.

An arched rock rises several tens of meters above terrain, being the highest point and the pearl of the Taraktash ridge – It is located at an altitude of 1160 m above sea level. The trail leads along hollow and then through a rather narrow passage located in rocks where you can get out. This passage is often called Taraktash rocks and impressions sometimes from him a little creepy, but the delight of arriving at the desired place and its incredible beauty make you forget about everything.

Lonely standing rock is a multi-layered formation with rather thin walls at an impressive height. Surprisingly, time does not seem to act on it: it’s completely no signs of erosion. Those who have time to climb to the rock in the afternoon, when the sun is high, lucky enough to see how the walls of the rock shimmer in various shades of yellow. And during the descent along tourists trail unexpectedly find themselves at another no less An impressive attraction is the Flying Water Falls.

Wuchang-Su Waterfall

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.7

Wuchang-Su Waterfall

The largest waterfall of the Crimean peninsula at one time received truly poetic name, because from the Turkic “Uchan-Su” translates as “flying water”. It is this impression that makes powerful jet of water, spectacularly tumbling over stones almost from 100 meters high (98.5 m). Beautiful natural the attraction became the “brainchild” of the river of the same name, flowing along the slopes of the Yalta Yaila at an altitude of almost 400 m.

A mountain river effectively meets a sheer massif, creating incredible sight. You can see the waterfall in all its might during rain or snow melt. But in the hot summer, the waterfall is practically dries completely. About incredible natural creation has been folded not one legend. One of the most striking is the tradition of the beautiful Zeynab, for her dexterity received the name Wuchang. Abducted her the mountain spirit, which, after listening to her pleas, allowed her to turn into mountain stream, saving relatives from drought. Since then Zeynab has been rushing from above with a noisy stream, overcoming a huge rocky barrier.

Massandra Palace

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.7

Massandra Palace

The palace is considered one of the most beautiful on the peninsula, although beyond all his short history he was uninteresting in his own to the owners. The design of the building was developed by a French architect, and The construction began in 1881. Originally a palace belonged to Prince Vorontsov, who did not live to see the end of it construction. Then the palace was bought by Emperor Alexander III, after bringing the erection process was completed with some amendments. But also the Russian ruler, not having time to live in Massandra, died.

After the palace passed to Nicholas II, but he preferred summer vacation in Livadia. Massandra Palace – a vivid example french renaissance. Inside built a lot of open galleries, spiral staircases, beautiful balconies. Palace interior quite restrained, but in it you can not fail to notice obvious notes luxury. Massandra Palace is open today free access, and admission is absolutely free.

Ai-petri

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.7

Ai-Petri

An impressive mountain range belonging to the main ridge Crimean mountains stretched for 25 kilometers from east to west. Most the highest point of Ai-Petri is Mount Rroca, majestically towering at an altitude of 1347 meters above sea level. However the most famous among the guests of the peninsula was not she, but her smaller “sister” is Mount Ai-Petri. It is incredibly picturesque. a plateau 1234 meters high is spread in the form of a natural rocky education incredibly similar to a dilapidated castle with powerful steep walls. Spectacular alpine battlements formed over millennia. Once upon a time, Ai-Petri was huge a coral reef located at the bottom of the ancient sea. His current the appearance of the mountain was due to the efforts of the wind, inexorably limestone rock blown out of the former reef.

It’s easy to get to the famous massif: from the nearest village (Koreiz) a cable car was specially built for tourists, not less known than the mountain itself – it has the longest unsupported span in Europe. Those who dare to climb the mountain Ai-Petri will be truly rewarded with an impressive view of South coast.

Koyashskoe lake

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.6

Koyashsky lake

Koyashskoye Lake is the pride of the inhabitants of Kerch peninsula. It is located in the Opuksky reserve, where severe the steppe meets the raging sea. Located nearby cape and mountain of the same name with the reserve. Koyashsky lake belongs to inland reservoirs of estuary origin. True, this salty the pond cannot boast a large area – only 5 square meters, and the greatest depth is even more modest – only 1 m.

But there is one thing that makes Koyash Lake truly magnificent is the color of its water. Throughout the year he surprises a variety of incredible shades ranging from pale pink to saturated red. In addition to water, crystals are also colored. salts periodically acquiring a violet aroma. Reason for this a surprising phenomenon lies in the microparticles produced the algae that lives at the bottom of this reservoir. Not every a microorganism is able to survive in such salt water, and Dunaliella salina is one of those.

The best time to visit this place is spring: at this season, the pink lake is literally buried in dense steppe greenery. But in the summer, water from the lake evaporates, leaving whole icebergs made up of salt.

Lavender fields

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.5

Lavender fields

Those who plan to stay on the Crimean peninsula between June to July, you should definitely take the time to visit the local lavender fields. This sophisticated evergreen shrub, homeland which is the Mediterranean, perfectly took root in the Crimea. It was first grown here on an industrial scale (with the purpose of obtaining essential oil) in 1928.

Although over the past few decades, many plantations have been abandoned. But there are still a few so large and beautiful that they can be safely compared with the famous French Provence. Tourists find magical beauty of the field near Bakhchisarai (village Turgenevka), near the villages of Growing and Covenant (in the mountains), nearby suburb of Alushta (in the village of Lavanda), etc.

The endless purple sea, stupefying with incredible aroma and changing its shade depending on the time of day – such a marvelous beauty is revealed to the traveler. Impressions from Seen will certainly be remembered for a lifetime.

Marble Cave

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.5

Marble

A huge underground formation with a whole system of complex, confusing moves were discovered not so long ago (in 1987): cavers stumbled upon an amazing cave located in lower plateau of Chatyr-Dag massif. Soon appeared here immediately several tourist routes, and today thousands of tourists annually visit these mysterious marble halls.

The cave is located almost at a kilometer height, its depth is 60 m, and the length of the halls exceeds 2 km. Each of the many halls of the cave are striking in their beauty and the names of many speak for themselves: there is a Palace, Chandelier halls, Tales gallery, Chocolate, etc. The most outstanding (in literally) – Perestroika Hall, considered the most large on the peninsula: its length is 100 m and its height reaches 28 m.

The incredible underground chamber consists of complex, indescribable compositions resembling columns, chandeliers. There are openwork bathtubs with water and even waterfalls. Amazing beauty composition, unusual the “decor” and the scale of the cave make it one of the most beautiful not only in the Crimea, but throughout the world.

Jur-Jur Waterfall

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.5

Waterfall Dzhur-Dzhur

The deepest among the Crimean waterfalls, Jur-Jur is hidden in one of the highlands of the peninsula (Hapkhal, p. Solnechnogorskoe), overgrown with dense forests. Its plain The waterfall received its name from the onomatopoeia of noisy water. The Ulu-Uzen River gave birth to an unusual natural education East, flowing along the gorge at an altitude of almost 470 m above the level seas.

Jur-Jur got its name for a reason: huge streams of water colossal power with noise plunged from a 15-meter height into a huge foundation pit, and even in the driest season the waterfall doesn’t subsides for a minute. Often, along with a stream of water, they fly down and stones, therefore it is not recommended to approach the waterfall too close. Better enjoy its magnificent view with some distance. By the way, not far from the waterfall is hidden in wilderness cave of the same name.

Baidar Valley

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.4

Baydar Valley

The valley combines a lot of amazing natural beauties. The foundation pit located in the southeast is all sides surrounded by colorful green mountains. From here to everywhere numerous rivulets flow together, forming the same small but very spectacular waterfalls.

Guests of the valley can find landscapes for every taste. In its center Chernorechenskoe reservoir is located – the largest on peninsula. Crystal clear mountain fills it with moisture. Black River. There are several large canyons in the northwest, southeast (to the delight of cavers) a couple of caves. Will delight the eye and give me aesthetic pleasure sunlit meadows drowning in the aroma of mountain flowers. About 50 species can be found in the valley. plants. Among them are healing herbs, relict trees and much other

Due to its incredible beauty and very mild climate The Baidar Valley acquired a different name – Crimean Switzerland. Its picturesque places are beautiful at any time of the year, so the valley can be visited year-round.

Foros Church

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.4

Foros Church

Red Rock is a bright point that figuratively connects between Yalta and Sevastopol, a mountain range and a raging sea. In this rock, like a little toy in the palm of a giant, stands famous church of the Ascension of Christ. This place is very good. viewed from a nearby nearby track and literally every involuntarily turns his head to hold his gaze for a couple of seconds on this architectural miracle.

Standing on a steep slope more than 40 meters above the level of the sea, Foros Church is deservedly considered a highlight of the South Crimea. Its chiseled outlines stand out clearly against the background of the surrounding terrain – among gray rocks, the azure sea and bright greenery. Here baptisms and marriages take place every day, and the object itself included in all local lists of tourist spots required visits.

According to historical facts, the construction of the church was preceded a real miracle: in 1888, the train from Crimea to St. Petersburg, crashed. On this very train followed Emperor Alexander III with his family. Miraculously no one Suffered. Then the local tea magnate Alexander Kuznetsov ordered build a nearby church as a thank you to God for salvation of the Russian omnipotent. There is more prosaic version of the story: in those days, the monopoly on the sale of tea belonged exclusively to the royal family, and the church was a kind of lender. Anyway, the emperor liked the gift: he is quite visited her while on the peninsula.

Tarhankut

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.3

Tarkhankut

The wild peninsula and the westernmost point of Crimea, throughout visibility will remain a place inaccessible to humans. Too much formidable in his sight: severe steep cliffs and impregnable deep caves under water. The sea here is so clear that from a cliff You can see the stones at the bottom of the sea. But the most impressive view Tarkhankut has from the sea: impressive sea grottoes sharply cut through the peninsula and then go into caves and rocks bizarre and a little frightening shape.

Sometimes the force of nature brings down part of the coastal cliffs and then new architectural forms open to the eye. In the territory Tarkhankut is a protected area – Atles, represented by the whole cascading cliffs of white limestone. There are truly magical sculptural creations of nature. Bowl of Love – a rock in the form of a circular pool of 6 meters depth. You can only get into it through the underwater tunnel. Turtle – a rock that resembles a shape it is this armored animal. There are completely unexplored here natural objects. Among them – a 150-meter cave, get inside which can only be sailed under a sheer cliff standing above by the sea.

Ak-Kaya (White Rock)

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.3

Ak-Kaya (White Rock

An impressive white stone plateau pompously rises above valley, ending with a sheer powerful rock of 150-meter height. Ak-Kaya – real evidence of the millions of stories here places After all, once it was limestone with an admixture of sandstone plateaus was nothing more than a seabed. Attentive tourist be sure to pay attention to unusual “traces” on the walls of the rock: these are fossils of underwater inhabitants of the ancient world. Here you can see sea urchins, crabs, mollusks, and in the most recent layers (almost on the surface of the plateau) – even whale bones and teeth sharks.

Natural stone formation is a constant decoration valleys and proudly seen from afar. If you go straight to the foot rocks, its height will exceed 300 meters and seem endless. From a distance, the White Rock seems perfectly flat, as if faceted, but it is noticeable nearby that this is not so: on its surface there are many ledges, thresholds. Only the most dare to conquer this peak experienced climbers.

In the 20th century, archaeological studies that paid off: on a plateau were discovered the remains of Neanderthals, their tools, as well as traces of habitat mammoths, cave bears, saigas, which is not typical for modern Crimean fauna. White Cliff is located in the Biyuk River Valley Kara-Su. This is Belogorsky district of Crimea.

Yusupov Palace

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.2

Yusupov Palace

One of the most beautiful places in Crimea hides no less beauty architectural gem – Yusupov Palace. On one of Korea’s steep rocky cliffs stands the most mysterious and not the analogous palace and park complex of the peninsula. Made in the style of the Italian Renaissance, the palace is amazing imagination with perfection of architecture and luxury of an interior.

Throughout its existence, he repeatedly passed from hand in hand. So, his first owner, at whose request he was the complex was built, Princess Golitsyna became one of the most mysterious women of the 19th century. The wayward granddaughter of Peter I was different unconventional outlook on life and a taste for luxury. Built for her, the “Pink House” was distinguished by its elegant appearance, and the broken around it, an exquisite park effectively complemented the picture.

After the princess, the winemaker Morozov owned the complex, and by 1880 the palace passed into the ownership of the Yusupov family, who completely updated the estate to your taste, giving it a Neo-Romanesque style. All the facades were decorated with marble lions, which are unshakable even today “guard” the palace. Today it is in the top 20 to visit the sights of Southern Crimea and is considered the card of Koreiz.

Temple of the sun

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.1

Temple of the Sun

One of the most mysterious places in Crimea. For someone this place accumulations of cosmic energy, and for some – the Holy Land. But everyone who once visited the Temple of the Sun, forever kept it in memory. Natural education came into being more than 150 million. years ago. It is during this period that the completion of the formation Crimean mountains. The reasons for the appearance of such an unusual rock scientists are still unclear. Some believe that this is the work of the ancients people, others consider this a magical action of nature.

The first mention of the object appeared only in the 13th century, when on the mountain near the Temple of the Sun, the Greeks erected a Christian Church in honor of St. Elijah. Later, they began to call the mountain Ilyinsky. When Crimea became part of the Russian Empire, grief returned the old name.

The area surrounding the temple was once home to the Scythians, Alans, ready and only nature itself knows what secrets she keeps. There are many legends about this place. According to one of them, the temple – the brainchild of ancient civilization (possibly Atlantes) that drew hence cosmic energy. There is another version owned by supporters of pagan cultures. According to her, the temple is a place of power, serving as gates to the other world.

Which option is more likely, everyone decides for himself. One one can say for sure: this place has long attracted to itself many people regardless of religion. Come here Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and even Old Believers. And in the temple itself often leave offerings to the gods in the form of personal things: amulets, coins, fruits, flowers, etc.

Panagia Lake

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.1

Lake Panagia

Crimea is known for the diversity and colorfulness of its reservoirs, but the most distinguished among them is Lake Panagia due to a bewitching look. Its waters have amazing purity and brightness turquoise hue, perfectly in harmony with the environment lush greenery. The lake is located near the village of Zelenogorye (suburb of Alushta) in the tract of the same name. Picturesque gorge framed by harsh mountain peaks, reflected in waters of the lake. Local Christians consider him God-protected, proponents of occultism call it the “place of power.”

The lake is of glacial origin. Today is the water level in It is supported by the Kushen-Uzen River. The shape of the pond resembles a “well-fed” comma. Rate it pretty difficult because he often changes them depending on the time of year. Panagia reaches its maximum by May: at this time its depth is 10 meters. By the summer it becomes shallow, but never dries up.

The reservoir is considered protected, as well as the territory that surrounds, nevertheless, having got here, you can not only enjoy stunning beauty of the natural landscape, but also plunge into the water: she it is warmer here than at sea. But making fires is not recommended, therefore, although it is allowed to put up tents here, tourists prefer to stay in the nearest village.

Cape Chameleon

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.0

Cape Chameleon

Koktebel Bay and Quiet Bay are secretly separated by an inconspicuous at first glance a natural border – a narrow stone ridge low height. But everything is not so prosaic: the cape has an unusual the form that it acquired (according to the ancient Crimean topographic maps) over several centuries. Consisting of clay breed, the land was gradually eroded by rains, trimmed sea ​​and wind, significantly changing its appearance and decreasing in sizes.

But the cape got its unusual name not at all because of changes in appearance. The thing is that its surface is capable of change your shade depending on weather conditions and features of natural lighting. Phenomenally colorful and Diverse, Cape Chameleon changes its color appearance up to 20 times a day. In the morning it can be seen in a gentle gray-blue shade. FROM at sunset, the rock is fancifully painted sun rays in golden color, gradually changing purple paints. Those who plan to visit Koktebel should without fail to find this place and see firsthand its bewitching beauty.

Mount Roman Kosh

Attraction rating (Crimea): 4.0

Mount Roman-Kosh

The highest point of Babugan Yayla is simultaneously the highest mountain range of the Crimean peninsula. Those who once visited the top of this mountain, for a lifetime remember the breathtaking panoramic view opening to the eye. From a height of 1545 meters almost the entire Crimea is visible at a glance. Having been here, you can enjoy incredible beauty of the peninsula, breathe in the air, drunk with the delicate aroma of steppe flowers and fragrant herbs, feel harmony and incredible peace.

According to one version, the name of the mountain is translated from Indo-Aryan as “supreme peace.” There is a more prosaic option: in Turkic, – “peak”. The path to the mountain is not long and it should be started, first getting to the nearest village – Gurzuf. Way to the top passes through a dense pine forest. In the valleys of the Roman Kosh often You can meet graceful roe deer and fast deer. Inexpressible the view of the mountain at sunset leaves an impression. Officially Roman Kosh located on the territory of the Crimean reserve, and today day climbing is prohibited.


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