Yalta, in Crimea, is a city that some 80,000 people call home.
Yalta is located approximately 310 miles (499 kilometers) southeast of Chisinau and 450 miles (724 kilometers) south of Kiev, the national capital.
Once the private pleasure dome of this region’s most influential families, today, the doors to Yalta’s two most stately residences are open to visitors from all over the world. The Livadia Palace and the Massandra Palace are the ideal spots to delve into the city’s rich social and political past.
Lighthouses are usually wonderfully wild and dramatic places; the Yalta Lighthouse on the Yalta coast is one such place. The lighthouse’s distinct shape and setting offers plenty of opportunities for camera buffs, especially at dusk and dawn.
Broaden your horizons in Yalta when you step through the doors of the Anton Chekhov House-Museum. Admire the building and grounds, lose yourself in the exhibits, and then ask for tips from the locals to uncover some of the more eclectic museums in the vicinity.
The Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is an impressive place of worship that has a rich history. Visit this heritage building to learn about its symbolic significance and also to study its design.
Plant lovers will enjoy Nikita Botanical Garden, an important collection of plants in Yalta. Take the time to learn about the diverse collection of plant species on display.
Unwind and relax, throw a ball and catch some rays at the local beach known as Livadia Beach. This is the spot to visit when you are are ready for a break from indoor activities. Take off your shoes and explore the coast or just enjoy the view.
Yalta’s star attractions sometimes overshadow the city’s less visited, but equally fascinating spots such as the Swallow's Nest.