Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Bakhchysaray

Chufut-Kale

Rising 200m, this long and bluff plateau houses a honeycomb of caves and structures where people took refuge for centuries. It's wonderful to explore, especially (gingerly) the burial chambers and casemates with lar…
Top Choice Palace in Bakhchysaray

Khans' Palace

When she was busy ordering the mass destruction of Bakhchysaray's mosques in the 18th and early 19th centuries, Catherine the Great spared the Khans' Palace. Her decision was reportedly based on the building being '…
Top Choice Street in Sevastopol

Primorsky Boulevard

The city's bay-facing showcase greets seafarers with an array of whitewashed colonnaded buildings. Fresh from a Russian-funded spruce-up, the boulevard is also a pleasant place to walk or hide from the scorching sun…
Top Choice Museum in Sevastopol

Mikhaylovskaya Battery

A massive piece of fortification seen across the bay from central Sevastopol, the battery served as a hospital when the Russians withdrew to the northern side of the bay during the Crimean War. It has recently been …
Top Choice Museum in Simferopol

Taurida Central Museum

Crimea's largest museum consists of three main sections. The first is a collection of golden artefacts, produced by Hellenized Alano-Goths in the princedom of Feodoro – currently Mangup-Kale. It is located in a guar…
Top Choice Area in Yalta

Lenin's Embankment

Everyone's favourite pastime in Yalta is walking up and down the seafront nab Lenina and the pedestrian zone along the Uchan-su River, where you'll find a small History Museum and a Catholic church. A popular attrac…
Historic Building in Around Yalta

Livadia Palace

It's not the most sumptuously furnished Crimean interior, but Livadia Palace reverberates with history. It's the site of the 1945 Yalta Conference, where dying US president Franklin Roosevelt and heat-allergic Briti…
Historic Site in Crimea

Mangup-Kale

If you liked Chufut-Kale and want more, head to Mangup-Kale, the peninsula's most spectacular cave city. Located 22km south of Bakhchysaray, this remote plateau is in the shape of a hand with four fingers. Allocate …
Castle in Sudak

Genovese Fortress

Its vertiginous location is one of the major appeals of Sudak's Fortress. This once-impregnable complex is perched on a massive seaside cliff and in true Ukrainian fashion you're allowed to clamber all over it, at t…
Museum in Yalta

Chekhov House-Museum

With many of Yalta's attractions a short distance away, the Chekhov House-Museum is the only must-see in town. It's sort of The Cherry Orchard incarnate. Not only did Anton Chekhov (1860–1904) pen that classic play …