Love Yalta: 34 interesting places
Crimea’s most popular resort is a huge number of attractions, the best infrastructure and insanely beautiful nature. Take a look at the jagged wall of Ai-Petri, ancient palaces and the transparent sea, and you will love Yalta for life!
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Yalta is often called the Crimean Sochi, but this is only partly true. The first vacationers came to Yalta in the second half of the XIX century, while Sochi received the status of a resort only in 1925.
In Yalta and its surroundings have survived many monuments – royal palaces, elegant mansions, churches, castles and baths. But that is not all. There are a lot of interesting things to see and do at the resort: pleasant promenades by the sea, breathtaking views of the coast from the cable car, cozy parks, where you can smell the pine needles and flowers. We will tell you why it is impossible not to fall in love with the beautiful Yalta!
Yalta has a wonderful promenade along the Black Sea coast. It is the oldest street in the city. About the beautiful embankment in Yalta wrote Nekrasov, Chekhov, Bunin and Gorky, it drew many artists.
On the promenade, a kilometer long, there are the best restaurants and discos. The street is decorated with fan palms, monuments and shaped lanterns. It is pleasant to walk, dream, admire the sea and feed the seagulls.
Yalta embankment and views of the city.
The Uchan-Su waterfall
Want to see the “flying water”? This is how the name of one of the most famous waterfalls in Crimea is translated. Uchan-Su is located almost 400 meters above the sea level. Water rushes off the ledge of 98 meters and hitting the limestone cliffs, breaks into a myriad of sparkling spray. It seems to be flying instead of falling!
Photo: Mokritsky Pavlo / wikimedia.org
“Glade of fairy tales” in Yalta
This marvelous world of fairy tale characters is meant for kids, but even adults won’t be bored at the Glade of Fairy Tales! There are funny figures on the glade of Russian and Ukrainian fairy tales, the glade of Pushkin’s fairy tales and the glade of European and American fairy tales. You will see the house of Baba-Yaga, a Slavic settlement and the Kingdom of the crooked mirrors.
The exposition in the museum. Photo: alexjstas64 / Depositphotos.com.
Nikitsky Botanic Garden
Nikitsky Botanical Garden is the oldest, most beautiful and largest park on the peninsula. Tulips, irises, chrysanthemums, orchids, clematis and other flowers cover almost 1,000 hectares. If you are fond of flowers and plants or just like to admire the beauty, you should definitely visit this luxurious park near Yalta!
Palm alley in the garden. Photo: olga_log / Depositphotos.com.
One of the jewels of the southern coast is the luxurious palace of the former governor of Moscow Felix Yusupov. This Yalta’s landmark is worth visiting: the beautiful building was built in the Neo-Romanesque style with the elements of Italian Renaissance, and the interior decoration is made in the Art Nouveau style. The entrance is decorated with terracotta lions.
Yusupovsky Palace. Photo: olenka-2008 / Depositphotos.com.
The jagged castle with the romantic name Swallow’s Nest overhangs directly over the sea on the high Aurora Cliff. The tiny architectural monument perfectly fits into the landscape of Ai-Todor cape and attracts tourists. It seems that the building on the top of the 40-meter cliff is many hundreds of years old, but it appeared only in 1912. Learn more about the Swallow’s Nest.
But the editors of our site this castle seemed overrated and they classified it as one of the most boring places in Crimea.
Swallow’s Nest (Photo: irinariviera / pixabay.com)
The beautiful white palace is known as the residence of the royal family and the site of the Yalta Conference during World War II. It was built in the best traditions of the Italian Renaissance with elements of Tudor style.
According to many people, the most attractive place of the palace is the elegant Italian courtyard with a rose garden. And around the palace stretches a large picturesque park, where it is so pleasant to walk! Learn more about the palace.
Livadia Palace (Photo: SunTW / wikimedia.org)
The romantic castle of Russian Emperor Alexander III resembles the elegant buildings of the French Renaissance. The monument of architecture captivates with its open galleries and picturesque balconies.
The palace park has many old trees, well-kept flower gardens, planted medicinal plants and roses. Walk the shady park paths and admire the sculptures and fountains! Learn more about the palace.
Massandra Palace (Photo: A.Savin / wikimedia.org)
The palace of Count Mikhail Vorontsov blended seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. The architect so successfully combined English, Gothic and Neo-Moorish styles that it is amazing!
The interiors of the palace are very cozy and homely, not at all pompous, and the quiet park in the English style is above all praise. Learn more about the palace.
North facade of the Vorontsov Palace
Ai-Petri is a very famous and popular sight in Yalta. The height of the mountain is 1234 meters above the sea level. Its slopes and cogs can be admired if you are resting in the resorts of Big Yalta. From the top you can admire the coast. However, the view from the cliff is not all there is to the top.
Learn more about Ai-Petri.
The cableway to the top of Ai-Petri from Miskhor.
The Palace of Emir of Bukhara
The magnificent Moorish palace was built for the rest of Emir Seyid Abdul Ahad Khan and his family at the beginning of the last century. Nowadays the old buildings belong to the sanatorium “Yalta”. Tourists are not allowed into the palace, but everyone can see the patterned facades and stroll through the luxurious park!
The Palace of Count Mordvinov
This magnificent palace complex in the Crimea is a legacy of Nikolai Mordvinov and his descendants. It is an absolutely unique landmark of Yalta, and admirers of the Mediterranean architecture love it. Look inside! The slender columns, high fireplaces, expensive marble, cozy balconies and rich stucco literally takes your breath away!
Another wonder of the Southern coast of Crimea is situated in Koreiz, the nearest suburb of Yalta. This wonderful palace in the Oriental style was built in the late 19th century for Pyotr Romanov. In Tatar its name means “beautiful”. White walls and silver domes surrounded by palm trees… It’s easy to imagine you are in Egypt!
Today, the sanatorium owns the buildings. Excursions to Dulber do not conduct, but for 200 rubles tourists are allowed on the territory, so they could walk through the park and admire the facades of the amazing palace.
Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky
Yalta’s main iconic sight is the Orthodox Cathedral in the city’s historical heart. One of the most luxurious Crimean temples was built in Pseudo-Russian style to commemorate the dead Tsar Alexander II. Expressive zakomars and golden cupolas on thin drums look very impressive against the background of Ai-Petriskaya Yaila.
The Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky (photo: A. Savin / wikimedia.org)
The Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Roman Catholic Church in Yalta was built in 1906 by a famous Crimean architect Nikolai Krasnov. The building looks very modest and solemn. According to Catholic tradition, the interiors of the church are also modest, but the music played here is truly beautiful. Come to the temple for an organ concert, and you will see that you can love Yalta, not only for the beautiful views, but also wonderful sounds!
Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Photo: Valeri Pizhanski / flickr.com)
Chekhov House Museum
What to see in Yalta for lovers of Russian literature? Go to the house where Anton Chekhov lived and worked! The white cottage is surrounded by a green garden. Everything in the building is imbued with the atmosphere of Chekhov’s plays and stories.
Walk up the creaky wooden stairs, look at the strict cabinet and a bright terrace with a rocking chair! Tickets cost 300 rubles, children under 16 – free admission.
The Yuri Gagarin park at the seashore
One of the most beautiful parks of the Crimean coast continues the embankment of Yalta to the west of the city. The green recreation zone extends for 2 km – there is a place to walk and breathe fresh air!
Yalta Park was created soon after the end of the Great Patriotic War. Since then, more than 65 years had passed, but among the plantings there are still a lot of trees of the first planting. On the territory of 20 hectares are dominated by natives of the south – eucalyptus, palms, olives, cypresses, thuas and plane trees. Opposite the monument to Anton Chekhov there is a pump room with free mineral water.
The green recreation area extends for 2 km – there is a place to walk and breathe fresh air! Photo: olga_log / Depositphotos.com. A monument to Chekhov in the park. Photo: olga_log / Depositphotos.com.
Zoo “Fairy Tale”.
If you are in Yalta with a child, go to the zoo. For more than 20 years, parents with children come here, and everyone is satisfied.
In addition to enclosures and cages with animals and birds, the zoo has a playground, attractions, hotel, hotels and exotarium. Opposite “Fairy Tale” there is an aquarium and a dolphinarium. Entertainment and fun – for the whole day!
Winemaking in the Crimea is no less famous than the wonderful beaches, ancient palaces and natural monuments of the peninsula. If you like tasting great wines, take a trip to one of the oldest wineries in the region. This landmark of Yalta is located in the outskirts of the resort, in the village Massandra.
For tourists spend a tour of the cellars and show bottles of wine, which was made at the end of the XVIII century. You can taste the best wines of the Crimea! There is a store at the factory. The prices there are the same as in other places, but the choice of Crimean wines is excellent!
Wine Factory Massandra (photo: facebook.com/fgup.massandra)
A small ropeway
One of the three elevators in Great Yalta was built in 1967 and is still in operation today. The lower station is located in the center of the city, and the upper one – on the low hill Darsan. The brightly colored cabins are not big and can only accommodate two people.
In 12 minutes, passengers travel 600 meters and ascend 120 meters. It’s enough to admire the picturesque panorama of the coast and take pictures!
There is little chance of a shipwreck near the South Coast of Crimea, but the port of Yalta has its own signal tower. The white stone lighthouse is situated near the Sea Station, in the center of the resort.
The 17-meter high tower has been standing on the breakwater in the bay since 1892. Surprisingly, the Yalta lighthouse is still working today. To see its bright flashes, take an evening walk on a yacht!
Yalta Lighthouse (Photo: Anaxibia / wikimedia.org)
The Greek galley on the Yalta seafront is photographed by everyone! The spectacular ship on stilts was built in the 1990s as a reminder of the founders of the seaside city. Then the ship was restored and a cozy cafe was built inside. Visitors can enjoy two bars, an outdoor area with a view of the seaside town and a fusion menu.
Cafe “Orange” in the evening
One of the most recognizable symbols of Yalta seafront is near the Oreanda Hotel. In 1959 the plastic umbrella-shaped structures were used to construct the pavilions of the American exhibition, which was held in Sokolniki Park in Moscow. After the exhibition the modules were disassembled and brought to the Crimea. Modern umbrellas are exact copies of American umbrellas. The old gazebos were dismantled in 2003.
Umbrella arbors in the evening (Photo: Valeri Pizhanski / flickr.com)
Monument “The Lady with the Little Dog.
To see the heroine of Chekhov’s famous story, go to the embankment of Yalta. The beautiful bronze monument stands in front of the five-star Hotel Sofia. The elegantly dressed lady is leaning on an umbrella and looks away independently, and the small dog doesn’t take her owner’s attentive eyes off. Standing a little further away is the author of the story himself – AP Chekhov.
Art Yalta works as a museum and a store. The gallery in the city was created in 2003 to promote the creativity of Crimean artists. Young and famous artists exhibit here beautiful landscapes of Crimea, portraits of local residents and genre paintings. Several times a year, the gallery organizes interesting author exhibitions. Take a look at the familiar places of Crimea through the eyes of Crimean artists!
The facade of the Saint Hripsime Church in Yalta (Photo: Vahe Martirosyan / flickr.com)
Unique sights of Yalta
Church of St. John Chrysostom . The Yalta church on Polycourt Hill has been destroyed several times, but it has been rebuilt anew. Now the Church of St. Chrysostom looks exactly as it did under Count Vorontsov.
Armenian Church . The ascetic church was built at the expense of Pogos Ter-Gukosian in honor of his early deceased daughter in 1909-1917.
Villa Sofia . This elegant old building 300 meters away from the sea is one of the most comfortable hotels in Yalta. Everything is beautiful here – both the facade and the interiors!
Dacha “Omur” . It is the famous mansion of the end of XIX century, where Chehov, Tolstoy, Voloshin and Gorkiy had a rest. Since 2006 the museum “Chekhov and the Crimea” was opened there.
Six Senses” Japanese garden . There is an unusual Yalta’s landmark – a luxurious garden with a 15-meter waterfall. The rocks and plants were brought here from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Sycamore Platan of Isadora Duncan . The tree, under which the famous dancer met Sergei Yesenin and fell madly in love with the young poet.
Museum of Wax Figures . The exhibition includes portrait copies of famous politicians, historical figures and show business stars.
Crocodilearium . There are live crocodiles in the Crimea! You can see the huge reptiles, turtles and snakes near Yalta. A ticket for an adult costs 600 rubles, and for a child – 400 rubles.
Walks along the medical trails . Botkinskaya, Taraktashskaya and Stangievskaya trails are therapeutic routes over Yalta. The picturesque trails are laid out in amazingly beautiful places!
Taraktash trail leads from the Uchan-Su waterfall to Yalta Yaila (Photo: @art_maltsev / unsplash.com)
What to see in Yalta in 1 day
If you come to Yalta for just one day, you won’t have time to see much. You can go to a couple or three places in the surrounding area or focus on the best sights of the resort itself:
Yalta sights all places in one article
Crimea’s most popular resort, Yalta, attracts tourists not only with its pleasant climatic conditions, but also with an abundance of natural and historical and architectural sights .
The Lenin embankment is the oldest promenade in Yalta. Lenin embankment is the oldest promenade, which stretches for 1 km along the sea from Lenin Square to Gogol Street. It is considered to be the heart of the city and is a place of attraction for both citizens and guests of the resort.
On the upper tier of the two-tier embankment is a large number of catering establishments, stores and, of course, attractions.
Of particular interest to tourists are :
- The buildings of the hotels “Oreanda”, “Villa Sofia”, “Tavrida”;
- the baths of Roffe;
- the installation “Yalta Umbrellas”;
- ship “Argo”;
- A. Duncan Plantation, under the crown of which the famous dancer, according to one legend, met with S. Esenin;
- monuments to N.P. Krasnov, M.I. Pugovkin, the composition “A.P. Chekhov and the Lady with the Doggy”;
- A symbol of friendship “The Rose of the Winds”;
- Chapel of the New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia.
The hallmark of the embankment is the square in front of the monument to Lenin.
The lighthouse is connected to the main city embankment with a concrete breakwater, on which there is a small pier and places for repairs. The purpose of the lighthouse itself – ensuring the safety of ships passing along the South Coast, and when entering the city.
Gagarin’s Seaside Park
The Primorsky Park is probably the most visited park in Yalta. On its spacious territory there are several hundred species of vegetation: trees, bushes and flowers.
When strolling through the park, you should pay attention to the following sights:
- The colonnade that adorns the main gate,
- Monument to M. Gorky and the obelisk in memory of the Bolshevik decree, which gave a start to the life of Yalta as a resort,
- Monument to Anton Chekhov,
- Pump Room with potable mineral water,
- Long palm alley with observation platform and a pond.
- Location: Communarov street, 2a.
This is a true symbol of the peninsula is the miniature palace-castle Swallow’s Nest. It was built on the rock of Ai-Todor cape according to the idea of oil industrial baron P. L. Steingel.
The entrance fee is 50₽/100₽ for adults/visitors under 16, pensioners and students respectively.
- Location: 9a Alupka Highway, Gaspra.
Palace in a picturesque town-type settlement was built on the order of Nicholas II by architect N. Krasnov in 1911. This place went down in history as a place where the well-known Yalta Conference (1945) was held with the participation of Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt.
In the halls of the palace operates a museum, which presents permanent exhibitions devoted to the Romanov family and the Yalta Conference. There is a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour of the palace.
The entrance fee is 400 ₽, with a discount of 250 ₽.
- Location: 44a Baturin Street, Livadia.
This palace was built for M.S. Vorontsov in Alupka, right at the foot of the mountain Ai-Petri. The museum-preserve consists of 5 separate buildings, courtyards and a terrace. The palace is surrounded by a unique park complex, known as Alupka Park.
The entrance fee to all exhibitions and expositions is 900₽, and for individual exhibitions it ranges from 50₽ to 350₽ .
- Location: 18 Palace Highway, Alupka.
Nikitsky Botanic Garden
- A detailed article about the Nikitsky Botanical Garden with answers to all your questions awaits you here.
The Botanical Garden, which is situated in Nikita, 11 km from the city, is one of the oldest in the world. It was founded by order of Alexander I in 1812.
The park consists of 4 gardens, spread on steep slopes: the Upper, Lower, Seaside and Park “Monterdor”, opened in 2017. In total, the garden’s collection includes more than 28,000 plants from around the world, including exotic and unique plants.
A butterfly exhibit, a cactus greenhouse, and a dinosaur exhibit in Seaside Park are available for tourists to visit.
- Admission ticket – 150₽/300₽ for children and adults, respectively,
- visit to Montedor Park – 100₽/150₽ ,
- visit to the dinosaur exhibit – 300₽/500₽ ,
- visiting the Green Maze exhibition, butterfly and orchid exhibitions – 100₽/150₽ .
- Location: Nikitsky Spusk, 52, Nikita village, Yalta.
Colorful palace in Massandra built for Alexander III is often called “little France” and “Crimean Versailles” . His distinctive feature – a mixture of styles: Baroque, classicism, Gothic, Romanesque.
Inside the building visitors can see the royal interiors and see the exhibits of everyday utensils of the Soviet times.
You can enter the territory free of charge. The cost of the main composition is 200₽ for children, 350₽ for adults, and the “Artifacts of the Soviet era” exhibition – 100₽/200₽, the cost of a tour around the palace grounds – 100₽ .
- Location: Simferopolskoe highway, Massandra.
The Palace of Emir of Bukhara
This luxurious palatial ensemble in neo-Moorish style was built for Bukhara emir Seyid Abdul-Ahadkhan. The residence is located above the Seaside Park.
- Location: 12/43, Sevastopolskaya street.
Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
Cathedral was built in the early XX century. It is the main functioning temple of the city, built in memory of the tragic death of Alexander III.
- The editorial team of the krym.in website has made a detailed article about Ai-Petri Mountain with the tips on how to get there, prices for the cable car and the selection of excursions – you can find it here.
The picturesque Ai-Petri is the most popular peak of the Crimean peninsula, the calling card of the South Coast of Crimea, and one of the most visited places in Yalta.
The height of the main peak is 1234 meters. You can get to the top by the cableway “Miskhor-Ai-Petri” or by a serpentine road with a car or a minibus.
The main attractions of Ai-Petri:
- Uchan-Su waterfall.
- Silver pavilion.
- Caves. Free to visit Geophysical, Ice (Trekhglazka) and Yalta.
- Rope bridge , nyanut between the cogs. The cost of passage over the bridge is 500₽ .
Ticket price for the cable car is 250₽ / 400₽ for children and adults respectively (ascending or descending).
The Uchan-Su waterfall
Uchan-Su Waterfall is located on the slope of Ai-Petri, 6 km from the city. It is 98,5 m high and ranks first among other waterfalls of the peninsula. The best time to see the natural landmark tourists call the beginning of spring, when the snow is melting.
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Entertainment – what to do in Yalta?
Glade of Fairy Tales Theme Museum
Children and grown-ups alike will be interested in the ‘Glade of Fairy Tales’ museum, which is located in the north-western outskirts of Yalta.
This unique open air museum features fairy tale sculptures. Most of them are characters from children’s fairy tales. Some of them are Buratino, The Little Waterman, The Little Mermaid, Karlson, Doctor Aibolit, the Three Little Pigs, etc. Visitors are entertained by animators in the guise of favorite fairy tale characters.
The cost of admission is 200₽ for children, 350₽ for adults. Admission is free for visitors under 6 years old.
Fairy Tale Zoo
In the collection of the zoo “Fairy Tale”. Located next to the Glade of Fairy Tales, there are more than 700 animals. Its inhabitants are lions, tigers, cheetahs, cougars, giraffes, wolves, foxes, monkeys and others.
Here are also opened a permanent fish exhibition and exotarium.
Admission to the zoo in 2022 is 800₽ for adults, 400 ₽ for children 3-10 years old, to the Marine Aquarium exhibition is 150₽/300₽ , to the exotarium is 100₽/200₽ respectively.
Atlantis Water Park
Water park “Atlantis” offers its visitors a wide range of water activities: pools and slides, including extreme ones.
Cost to visit is from 750₽ for children, from 1300₽ for adults.
- Location: 7a Kommunarov St.
Theater of sea animals “Aquatoria”
Theater of sea animals “Aquatoria” is one of the best dolphinariums in the Crimea. Here are regularly held colorful performances with the Black Sea dolphins, sea lions, white whales and walruses, work Aquarium, turtle farm and dolphin therapy center.
- Cost of visit – from 500₽ for children, from 600₽ for adults.
- Swimming with dolphins – 3000₽/5 minutes, 5000₽/10 minutes.
- Location: Livadia, Vinohradnoe village, Bakhchisarayskoe highway, 17a.
Crocodillarium in Yalta was opened as a branch of Alushta Aquarium, where a few crocodile pups, who had no place in the aquarium, were born in 2009. The collection includes the most interesting representatives of fauna: crocodiles, caimans, snakes, reptiles, turtles, etc.
Prices are 500₽ for children, 700₽ for adults.
- Location : 1 Ignatenko str.
Lovers of a rich holiday in Yalta is unlikely to be bored. In the vicinity of the resort town you can do:
- rock climbing in the Nikitskaya cleft, Simeiz (from 1200₽);
- You can go hiking on the famous Botkin trail (described in detail here);
- paragliding and hang-gliding on Ai-Petri;
- horseback riding, bicycle tourism ,
- diving in Great Yalta.
Chekhov House Museum
One of the most famous in the city is Chekhov House-Museum . In Yalta, the writer spent the last 5 years of his life. In the resort town he created the plays “The Cherry Orchard”, “Three Sisters”, the short story “The Lady with the Dog”.
Here Chekhov also built a house, called “White Dacha” (1898), where there is a museum of the writer.
The cost of admission tickets is 300₽ .
Historical and Literary Museum
Historical and Literary Museum (YALM), which is one of the oldest museums of the Crimea, brings together literary and historical exhibitions. There are over 160,000 items in the museum funds.
Buying things in Yalta is a rather expensive affair. According to the opinion of tourists, the cost of goods is greatly overestimated.
Trading and Entertainment center “Confetti” is situated at 10 Bolshevistskaya street. It includes brand boutiques and gallery of clothes and shoes, supermarkets of home appliances and electronics, grocery supermarket.
Fountain” shopping mall in the city center offers fashionable clothes, cosmetics and souvenirs. The complex is located on the Lenin embankment, 5a .
The shopping and office center “Beam” offers clothing and footwear, electronics stores. The complex is located at 24b Kievskaya Street.
The modern Saturn IMAX cinema is situated in the central part of Yalta, at 4 Kievskaya Str. Here you can find the IMAX hall and two digital halls where you can watch new movies in 3D and 2D format. Prices start at 200₽.
Which tours are worthwhile?
Group with shuttle service
An 8-hour tour, travelers can visit several key attractions of the South Coast: to visit the resort village Gurzuf, Alupka and other picturesque places.
The cost of the tour for groups of up to 6 people is 6,500 ₽. Optional tickets to the Vorontsov and Livadia palaces (from 250 ₽).
Individual walking tour
During the three-hour individual walking tour you can get acquainted with the Old Town and its history and architecture, learn many interesting facts about the life and creative work of talented Yalta people, and admire the architecture of the New Town which was created by the end of the 19th century.
Cost – 3700 ₽, number of participants – up to 4 people.
Tour to Ai-Petri
This tour allows you to fulfill the dream of many travelers to conquer Ai-Petri peak. The tour program includes a visit to the Uchan-Su waterfall, Taraktashsky ridge, a walk on a suspension rope bridge (for the brave!) etc.
Cost – 1200 ₽ per person, the maximum number of participants – 15 people. The tour lasts for 10 hours.