Odessa boasts a fantastic climate, long beaches and beautiful natural environment on the edge of the Black Sea!
The buildings are attractive and nearly all the streets and squares are lined with green trees. The city really does enjoy a great location beside the sea. There are a large number of restaurants and cafés to try out, many of which are outdoors. The food on offer is tasty and fresh and if you like then you can enjoy a good glass of Ukrainian wine or a tasty Ukrainian pastry.
The lovely beaches offer great bathing opportunities. When you tire of the beach then you can easily take advantage of the many excursions on offer to the coast, Crimea or indeed Kiev.
By European standards, Odessa is a young city. It was founded in 1794 by Catherine the Great, when the Russian Queen decided her empire could use a port on the Black Sea. A colony from ancient Greece may have once occupied the site of the city, and Crimean Tartars traded there in the 14th century. The Russian-speaking city of Odessa is built around a large seaport, which explains its role as an important business and cultural centre in southern Ukraine.
Italian and French architects played a pivotal part in the city´s construction. This is why Odessa closely resembles a typical southern European city with lots of nice cafés and restaurants in the city centre.
Odessa is home to 1.1 million people. Its development as a seacoast resort community has contributed to a population that has almost tripled over the last hundred years. A mild climate, plenty of beaches, and the Black Sea attract thousands of tourists to Odessa throughout the year, earning it the title of ´Southern Palmira´.
Foundation: 1794, by Catherine the Great
Climate: Moderately continental and comparatively dry, with a short mild winter and long hot summer
GMT Offset: GMT +2 hours
To do and see: Day trip to Sofia Park in Uman, Day trip to Belgorod-Dnestrovski fortress, Museums, Visit the opera and concert hall, Odessa’s churches and monasteries, The catacombs, Odessa city tour,
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