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History and information about Yalta!


Picture of the famous Livadia palace outside Yalta in Crimea.

There are not many coastal areas within Europe that can compete with the Crimea´s rich history and culture. The Crimea moreover is a very affordable destination that enjoys a Mediterranean climate. With a population of about two million and a coastline stretching over 1000 km as well as a certain degree of political autonomy the Crimea almost feels like a country in its own right. Russian is without doubt the dominant language in Crimea in spite of the cultural mix in the region.

Nearly all visitors arrive to the Crimea via its largest city Simferopol, where the airport and railway stations are located. If you have the time it is well worth exploring the older parts of the city among the onion domes and minarets.

Travelling on to Yalta from Simferopol is easy you simply take the trolley bus the whole way. The 90 km trolley bus route between Simferopol and Yalta is the longest in the world. The pleasant journey takes you through undulating fields swathed in red poppies and where the impressive pine covered mountains meet the Black Sea then you know you have reached the spa town of Yalta.

History
It was during the 1800s that the Russian aristocracy and then later Soviet dignitaries became regular visitors to Yalta where they enjoyed the warm climate and beautiful views from their luxurious summer dachas lying scattered on the slopes covered in cypresses, vines and olive trees. Walking along the beachfront you can still see that some of the elegance from Pushkin and Chekhov´s time. The spa town enjoys a lively folk culture and the streets are often full of musicians. Much has happened within this spa-town since the aristocrats arrived and the casino, night clubs as well as the statue of Lenin (opposite McDonalds) that has survived the test of time all add Yalta´s character. Yalta hosts a number of popular beaches where you can sunbath Russian style with holidaymakers.
Yalta coat of arms Facts & Figures
Population: 7,000
Foundation: End of 8th century
Climate: Mediterranean climate
GMT Offset: GMT +2 hours
To do and see: Nikita Botanical Garden, Vorontsovsky Palace in Alupka, Massandra Palace and wine cellar, The Livadia Palace, Gaspra, Yalta, Crimea and Black Sea,









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