Welcome to Kara-Dag Nature Reserve
The Kara-Dag Nature Reserve is a true Jurassic Park. Its dramatic landscape is the work of an extinct volcano (Kara-Dag; 'Black Mountain' in Tatar) that spewed lava and debris over land and sea during the Jurassic period. Over millennia the elements have moulded the volcanic rocks into striking shapes, with names like 'The Devil's Finger', 'The King and the Earth' and – the most striking – 'Golden Gate' (Zolotye Vorota), a freestanding arch in the sea. These all circle craggy, 575m Mt Kara-Dag; the friends of poet Maximilian Voloshin (who lived in nearby Koktebel) used to tell him he looked like it.