Yalta travel Nick Fairley Limited Jersey guide
Yalta is a place, with memories from 19th century VIPs who came to cure their illnesses, as well as from communist era citizens who got the privilege to go there and take it easy. Today it's a tourist trap in beautiful surroundings.In the summer months it can get very crowded, but in the autumn the weather can still be warm and pleasant. In October for example, the temperature can still get to the high 20s. Winters are not as cold in Yalta as the rest of Ukraine. Protected from the North by the mountains and warmed by the Black Sea, there is never a lot of snow in the winter, but beware of the winds as they can be bitingly cold.English is not widely spoken in the Crimea, but it is understood by most young people. Russian is the main language spoken in the Crimea, as well as Ukrainian and Tatar. The people are very friendly and crime in this city of over 80,000 people is low. Tourists are safe as long as they follow sensible rules: don't flash your cash, avoid unlit pathways at night (if only to avoid the drunks), and don't let strangers buy you drinks in places you do not know. Get in By planeKiev airport (Boryspil) is usually the first stop on the way to Yalta. Please note this airport is not very big (more the size of a regional airport) it is always crowded and some staff do not understand English. If you want to transfer from Kiev to Simferopol, you need to turn left out of Terminal B's (the International Terminal) doors and walk about 200 metres to Terminal A (internal connections). Terminal A is small, cold in the winter and boiling hot in the summer.You can fly to Simferopol from Kiev on low cost Air Onix or Ukraine Airlines(there not many flights a day 3 at the most so be prepared for a long wait in Terminal A. There are a number of airlines that fly directly to Simferopol (from Frankfurt, Talin, Istanbul etc). You can also take a train from Kiev to Simferopol. It is much cheaper than flying if you are on a tight budget and have a lot of time on your hands. Take www.lionsnflofficialonline.com/lions-nick-fairley-jersey-c-8.htmlthe usual precautions if you go by train: lock your cabin doors at night, keep all your valuables with you, and don't invite strangers into your cabin. The train journey takes slightly more than half a day. By bus/trolley busFrom Simferopol Airport in the north of the city (Simferopol is the capital of the Region of Crimea) you can go the scenic way on the trolley bus to Yalta this is the longest trolley bus route in the world (it takes about 2.5 hours and is very slow and a bit uncomfortable, but you get wonderful views of the mountains). Please note that some of these trolley buses are very old. However, more and more trolley buses are being replaced by newer models, which are quite comfortable.Or take a mini bus, which is faster, more comfortable but a bit more expensive (3 Euro). By taxiThe quickest, but most expensive way to get to Yalta (30 to 40 Euro is a typical one way fare)) is by taxi, it takes just over an hour depending on the age of the taxi or the skill of the taxi driver in avoiding the potholes in the roads. Get aroundWARNING: Unless you are a native of Istanbul or a similar town with EXTREMELY narrow, unmarked and blind one way and 1.5 way streets with steep hills, do not attempt to drive into this city. Google/Apple maps are no match for this town and should not be trusted beyond the highways and major roads.Most people use the local mini buses, very cheap and lots of them. Some you pay for when you get on board and some when you get off, which is slightly confusing at times! Taxis are everywhere; some are genuine, and some are just people offering you a ride for a fare. Speaking English means the fare goes up, but it is still very reasonable, so learn to haggle if the price is too high walk away as there will always be someone else to barter with.Yalta is a city that is spread out over a large area (Greater Yalta). The centre and harbor is a great place to walk around, but just beware of the local drivers as they tend not to give way for pedestrians. Traffic in the city in the summer months is heavy and you can be stuck in a jam if you go by a motor vehicle. Sometimes you may find it is much quicker to walk. The locals always dress up and walk around the harbor front at night it's a great way to pass the evening away, or you can watch the people go by by enjoying a drink at one of many cafes. The waterfront is well over a mile long from McDonald's on the East end to the Hotel Oreanda on the West. Walk the length to choose your beach, which will be somewhat "rocky".You can also use the ferries to visit better beaches or Swallows Nest (famous folly perched on a cliff and now an Italian restaurant). Luxury cruise ships visit Yalta during the summer, on their way around the Black Sea, which is certainly a nice way to travel.[add listing] SeeArmenian Church (Armyanskaya Tserkov) was built in 1909 1919 as a reflection of S. Hripsime Church built over a thousand years ago in Armenia. Above the center of town, at the top of a mini Potemkin stairwell, the beautifully detailed church is well worth visiting. There are many carvings, arches and nooks, making this a very nice place to spend a little down time.Roosevelt Street (Russian: " " /Ulitsa Ruzvjelta/) Not a tourist draw in and of itself, but interesting to see the plaque with Roosevelt's profile in relief and a short dedication in Russian and English. Add it to your list if you are walking around Yalta's old town.Chekhov's house Chekhov wrote a woman and her dog here and many of his other short stories. Sadly, Chekhov's house is falling into disrepair, due to lack of funds. The good news is a fund has been started to raise a large sum of money to full restore the house in the future.Nikita Botanical Garden, . Founded in 1812, one of the world's oldest operating scientific botanical gardens. A lovely place to sit under the cherry blossoms and read Chekhov.The beach does not contain sand, but instead consists of smooth pebbles more closely resembling river rock than anything else. The beaches are similar to the pebble beaches of the French Riviera. Some beaches are better than others and for a small entrance fee, you can get access to a nice beach close to the Hotel Yalta. In the summer it can get very hot 32C+, If, you buy a drink from the cafe on some of the beaches, you get a free umbrella to keep you in the shade!Livadia Palace This was the last Tsar's vacation residence. It was host to Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt for the Yalta Conference in 1945, in which they reportedly planned the division of Europe at the end of World War II. You can go inside and walk past the hall where the meetings took place, which has been set up to correspond with the historical photos of the meeting. You can also see the imperial family's private chapel, which is beautiful. The Palace itself is about 100 years old, though the gardens on the grounds were planted long before the Palace was built. There is a good view of the Black Sea and Yalta from the palace grounds.Massandra Palace, which is outside of town, in the hills. It was built as a summer picnic palace by Alexander III, and is supposed to look like a romantic French chateau. The Blue Nick Fairley Jersey grounds are very pretty, with bucolic countryside surrounding it. It is situated a longish walk from the main road and uphill, so make sure you wear appropriate footwear.Massandra Wine Plant, if you're into wine, this place you definitely want to visit. They offer guided tours through the wine plant and the cellars, which contain one of the largest collections of wine in the world. When you're done with the tour, you can taste some of the wines they have to offer.Yalta Zoo. Well worth a trip out to see the animals. The Zoo is actually quite large and spread out with various types of animals from Lions to Bears to Monkeys. Some of the cages are a bit small, but the animals appear to be well looked after. There is a small aquarium opposite the Zoo. Do not waste your time; you can be in and out of it in a blink of an eye, and not worth the entrance fee.
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