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THE CRIMEA

The peninsula is situated in the South of Ukraine and is washed by the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. In the East of the Crimea is Kerch peninsula, in the West – Tarkhankut. The relief of the Crimea is quite diverse: mountains, steppes, plains, deep valleys, etc. The Crimean Mountains are located in the South; the highest mountain of the chain is called Roman-Kosh.

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From the earliest times the Crimea attracted travellers from all over the world. The reason for it is a huge amount of different attractions. Staggering amenities of nature, historical sites of all eras including Scythian and Sarmatian tribes, Greek and Italian colonies, Crimean khanate and the palaces of the Russian Empire. The Swallow's Nest, Livadia, Massandra and Bakhchisaray palaces represent great examples of Crimean architectural monuments of different historical periods. To see the wonderful nature and landscapes of the peninsula, visit Nikitsky botanical garden which is one of the oldest botanical gardens, old Livadia Park which dates back to XIX century or Vorontsov Park with numerous sights, such as Swan, Mirror and Trout lakes. If you like wild nature more visit Dzhur-dzhur Waterfall or the mountain Ay-Petri where you can ride horses or taste genuine Eastern pilaf. In case you're tired of big city life and want to bask in the sun contemplating the beauties of nature, Balaclava Bay is at your service. There are a lot of boats which can take you to deserted beaches where you will be all alone listening to the sound of the waves. The Crimea is popular not only among tourists but also among filmmakers; many famous movies of Soviet times were made there.

Gourmets can also find entertainments for themselves. Many nations, religions and cultures have set a seal on Crimean traditions and customs including cuisine. An integral part of Crimean cuisine is the cuisine of Crimean Tatars. It abounds in meat dishes which is not surprising as Tatars were nomads and breeders. You will certainly like such dishes as cheburek, bacla chorbasy which is a soup made of beans, and noodles with vegetables and gravy. Armenians made Crimean cuisine even richer with pork shashlik, thick pork soup – khash and Armenian kind of bread called lavash. Speaking about Crimean cuisine we can't but mention a great variety of wines, you can taste the best Crimean wines in Ukrainian oldest winery Massandra.

Travel to Ukraine to see this wonderful peninsula with clear sky, eternal summer and picturesque landscapes.

 

 

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