Awaiting Your Return From Shore
Protected on three sides
by mountains, the region around Yalta enjoys an exceptionally mild climate
accounting for its position as a favored vacation spot and spa center. The
area’s largest and most important resort is Yalta. Here at the Golden
Riviera, Russian aristocrats built their elegant summer palaces and palatial
villas, which rivaled those of Nice and Cannes. Livadia became the summer
residence of the tsars and earned fame as the site of the Yalta Conference
in 1945. Noted literary greats made Yalta their home, among them Tolstoy,
Chekhov and Gorky.
Following the 1917
Revolution, most of the opulent mansions were converted to sanitariums,
where Soviet citizens came to recuperate. Today, many of the palaces have
been reinstated to their former glory.
The principal shopping area is spread all along the Roosevelt and Lenin
Embankments. Painted wooden Matryoshka dolls, lacquer boxes, traditional
embroidery and amber jewelry are popular buys. Other interesting items
may include caps, caviar, vodka, hand-painted wooden articles,
balalaikas, and pins.
Almost any restaurant downtown serves "Crimean" dishes, a combination of
Turkish, Tartar, Georgian, Armenian, Russian and Ukrainian cuisine. It
usually is hearty.
Chekhov House-Museum. Famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov
spent the last years of his life here in this small cottage in the
center of Yalta.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. The largest Orthodox church in the
Yalta region houses beautiful icons and prides itself in the fine
woodwork of its altar.
Awaiting Your Return
Return to Your
Suite and Sail Away to The Next Adventure
and Dancing Await You