Welcome to Gurzuf
Gurzuf's steep, winding streets and old wooden houses, backed by Mt Roman-Kosh (1543m), were traditionally a magnet for artists and writers. Russia's greatest poet, Aleksandr Pushkin, frolicked in Gurzuf's subtropical gardens after being exiled from depressing St Petersburg, and writer Anton Chekhov cured his tuberculosis and misanthropy on these shores. The village, 18km northeast of Yalta, is built around a picturesque bay with the rocky Genoese Cliff (Skala Dzhenevez) at its eastern end. Mt Ayu-Dag (Bear Mountain, Gora Medved; 565m) looms along the coast to the east, protruding into the sea.
Overhanging wooden balconies, a few cafes and the odd shop adorn the curving, picturesque main street.