From the bloodthirsty pirates featuring in Homer's Odyssey to the Soviet nuclear submarine fleet – everyone used this beautiful curving fjord, invisible from the sea, as a secret hideout.
The British army wintered here during the Crimean War when a storm destroyed many supply ships moored outside the bay. Reading about it in the Times, concerned women back home began knitting full-cover woolly caps for the freezing sailors. These garments became known as balaclava helmets, or simply balaclavas.
Today the bay's turquoise waters surrounded by arid, scrub-covered hills shelter an armada of yachts, while pretty much the entire Ukrainian navy is tucked in the far corner.