Welcome to Balaklava


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 and – as a sign of a new volatile epoch – Russian military vessels.


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