Crimea: a scenic tourist spot you won’t be visiting anytime soon

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When you click planet alonefrom the Crimean guide, you receive a warning against all travel to the region. Which should come as no surprise to anyone following the news lately. But before Crimea became the center of Vladimir Putin’s volatile clash with Ukraine, the peninsula was actually considered a hidden gem of a tourist spot.

A beach in Koktebel, Crimea. | (CC BY: Tiia Monto)

During the Soviet era, the Mediterranean-like place became the perfect vacation spot for Russian monarchs and ordinary working people. Since Ukrainian independence, the area has lost its hard-working reputation, but it has continued to attract Russians, Ukrainians and even growing numbers of Westerners seeking rest and relaxation by the sea. beach. In 2013, National geographic ranked it among the best trips of the year.

Crimea offers an impressive range of vistas, from mountain ranges and limestone plateaus to volcanic formations and pebble beaches of the Black Sea. Here, a short tour of the rather picturesque sites of this unique paradise.

Swallow’s Nest: This decorative castle, built in 1912, stands atop the Aurora Cliff overlooking Cape Ai-Todor on the Black Sea coast. | (CC BY: Derevyagin Igor)

Uspensky Cave Monastery: Built into the side of a cliff by the sea, the monastery dates back to at least the 15th century. In 1921 the monastery was closed by the Soviet government. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the independence of Ukraine, the monastery was reopened to the public. | (Rob Howard/Corbis)

Black Sea coast: “The coast is a hitchhiker’s dream,” says Oksana Yakovenko of the US-Ukraine Foundation CNN. “There are endless spectacular cliffs, breathtaking sea views, stunningly beautiful sunsets – the complete works!” | (FotoS.A./Corbis)

Livadia Palace: The summer retreat of the last Russian Tsar, Nicholas II, Livadia hosted the Yalta Conference in 1945. It was here that President Franklin Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Prime Minister Joseph Stalin carved out post- war. | (CC BY: Voevoda)

Genoese fortress: Located in the town of Sudak, the Genoese fortress is considered one of the greatest fortifications of medieval Crimea. Located on an ancient coral reef, the Genoese spans over 70 acres of land. | (CC BY: Qypchak)

Yalta at dusk: The most famous town in Crimea at the southern tip of the peninsula. | (CC BY: ahenobarbus)

The Crimean campaign | (Rob Howard/Corbis)

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