Top 30 Yalta attractions – description and photos

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The most popular resort of Crimea – Yalta – attracts tourists not only with its pleasant climatic conditions, but also with an abundance of natural and historical and architectural sights .

The Embankment

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, where 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:

  1. The colonnade that adorns the main gate,
  2. 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,
  3. Monument to Anton Chekhov,
  4. pump-room with mineral drinking water,
  5. A long palm alley with a viewing platform and a pond.
  • Location: Communarov street, 2a.

Swallow’s Nest

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.

Livadia Palace

Palace in a picturesque urban-type settlement was built on the order of Nicholas II by architect N. Krasnov in 1911. This place has gone down in history as the venue of the Yalta Conference (1945) 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.

Vorontsov Palace

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 cost to visit all exhibitions and expositions is 900₽ , individual expositions from 50₽ to 350₽ .

  • Location: Palace Highway, 18, Alupka.

Nikitsky Botanical 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.

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A butterfly exhibit, a cactus greenhouse, and a dinosaur exhibit in Seaside Park are available for tourists to visit.

Cost:

  1. Admission ticket – 150₽/300₽ for children and adults, respectively,
  2. visit to Montedor Park – 100₽/150₽ ,
  3. visit to the dinosaur exhibit – 300₽/500₽ ,
  4. visiting the Green Maze exhibition, butterfly and orchid exhibitions – 100₽/150₽ .
  • Location: Nikitsky Spusk, 52, Nikita village, Yalta.

Massandra Palace

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.

Ai-Petri

  • 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 crossing the bridge is 500₽ .

The ticket price for the cable car is 250₽ / 400₽ for children and adults respectively (ascending or descending).

Uchan-Su Falls

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 adults alike will be interested in the Glade of Fairy Tales museum, located on the northwestern outskirts of Yalta.

On the territory of the unique open-air museum there are sculptures with fairy tale themes. 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.
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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.

  1. Cost of visit – from 500₽ for children, from 600₽ for adults.
  2. Swimming with dolphins – 3000₽/5 minutes, 5000₽/10 minutes.
  • Location: Livadia, Vinohradnoe village, Bakhchisarayskoe highway, 17a.

Crocodilearium

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.

Active recreation

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.

Museums

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

The Historical and Literary Museum (YALM), which is one of the oldest museums of the Crimea, has a number of literature and history exhibitions. Museum funds include more than 160,000 items.

Shopping

Buying things in Yalta is a rather expensive affair. According to the opinion of tourists, the cost of goods is greatly overestimated.

Confetti

Confetti” shopping mall is situated at 10 Bolshevistskaya street. It consists of brand boutiques and gallery of clothes and shoes, supermarkets of home appliances and electronics, grocery supermarket.

Fountain

Fountain” shopping mall in the city center offers its visitors to buy fashionable clothes, cosmetics, 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.

Cinemas

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 people in Yalta, 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.

Sightseeing in Yalta

The Swallow’s Nest Livadia Palace Nikitsky Botanic Garden Fairy Tales Glade Foros Park Massandra Beach

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This website contains a list of Yalta sights – photos, descriptions and traveler’s tips. The list is compiled on the basis of popular travel guides and presented by type, name and rating. Here you can find answers to the questions: what to see in Yalta, where to go, and where are the popular and interesting places in Yalta.

Swallow’s Nest

Swallow's Nest (photo)

Unlike most other places of interest in Yalta, the history of the Swallow’s Nest can be traced back many centuries. It began in the late nineteenth century with the construction of wooden house, called Swallow’s Nest by its hostess. However, later the building was demolished, and by 1912, it was replaced by a miniature Gothic castle built by order of a Baku oil industrialist. It is this architectural masterpiece that is now known as the Swallow’s Nest, although it has changed slightly since the 1927 earthquake and subsequent reconstruction.

In the twentieth century the building was empty for a long time, because it was in disrepair, and after the new reconstruction it became open to the public again. Recently it opened an art exhibition dedicated to the famous master of landscapes Arkhip Kuindzhi.

The Swallow’s Nest has repeatedly been the object of close attention of cinematographers because of its amazing beauty. Here were filmed such masterpieces of the Soviet cinema as “Ten Negrites”, “Mio, my Mio”, and “The Blue Bird”.

Swallow’s Nest is a place with an amazing atmosphere that is worth experiencing in person.

Coordinates: 44.43053900,34.12846200

Gurzuf

Picturesque place, clean air and turquoise sea water! Gurzuf – urban village located between Alushta and Yalta. Picturesque surroundings Gurzuf, narrow streets, equipped with beaches, the lack of a large number of vehicles has always attracted big city residents who want to relax by the sea and be closer to the exotic southern coastal nature.Very interesting mountain Ayu-Dag – means Bear Mountain. If you look from the west, the mountain in its shape resembles a huge bear that drinks water from the Black Sea, there is a legend about which you will be happy to tell the local guides!

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Livadia Palace

Livadia Palace (photo)

This palace is an example of the 19th century architecture. During its history of more than a century and a half, Livadia Palace has been the place of many great achievements.

In 1861 it was firstly given the status of summer residence of the Russian imperial family. Between then and the death of Emperor Alexander III in Livadia Palace in 1894 the architectural ensemble was rebuilt and expanded, for example, at that time the Small Palace (destroyed during World War II) and the Church of the Exaltation of the Cross were built. When Emperor Nicholas II, construction continued, and on the site of the old Grand Palace was built White Palace, as well as there were such buildings as the palace of the Minister of the Court, Baron Fredericks. After the establishment of Soviet power Livadia Palace had time to be a sanatorium for farmers, and climatic medical complex, until 1945. In 1945 in Livadia Palace was the famous Yalta conference, largely determined the course of history in the postwar world. During the conference American delegation, headed by U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt was accommodated in the palace. In the 1970s the Livadia Palace became a museum with two exhibitions – historical and memorial and exhibition. Today they are transformed into expositions about the Yalta Conference and the history of the Russian Imperial family in the Livadia Palace respectively. Also in 1977 in Livadia was filming the famous film “A Dog in the Hay”.

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In addition to cultural significance, the Livadia Palace is now famous for the cardiological sanatorium “Livadia” and the famous Livadia Park, which is quite capable of impressing with its size. Livadia Palace is one of the interesting places to visit in the Crimea.

Coordinates: 44.46775400,34.14349100

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Nikitsky Botanical Garden.

Nikitsky Botanical Garden (photo)

The garden was created in 1812 by order of Emperor Alexander I. The plan of the garden was designed by the famous Steven. Today the garden is not only a stunningly beautiful place for walks, but also a research institution, developing new milestones in botany and fertility.

The garden’s grounds can be divided into three large and one small park. Paved paths of Nikitsky Botanical Garden, meandering, lead fascinated tourists now and then into the dense bushes and then to the magnificent open-air viewing platforms, from which a breathtaking panorama opens on the tops of centuries-old relict trees.

The upper park has long been an arboretum, today it has dense shade plantings, transitioning to open lawns. The park is situated on a level surface, and it is here that the ceremonial pool, rose garden, fountains and wrought iron arches are located. As well as a gorgeous rocky garden topped with alpine plants, surrounded by cypresses and thistles. And how beautiful is the collection of chrysanthemums, what fragrances hang in the air!

The lower park is located on a rocky slope. Old terraces are intertwined with stairs. Water plays a role not only as a means of irrigation, but also as an element of decor. There are several interesting pools, fountains, all kinds of streams that turn into a fountain, then into a cascade. In the water of the fountain are lilies and papyrus. It is here that the most valuable species of fruit and ornamental trees grow. The park is decorated by a long Palm Alley, which opens to the guests a lot of varieties of palms, and a sculpture of the Boy, taking out a splinter.

Seaside Park in Nikitsky garden was founded to celebrate the centennial of the garden. The park is located on the territory adjacent to the sea. This is where the guests will see a collection of subtropical thermophilic plants. The youngest park in Nikitsky garden – Montedor, created about 50 years ago, welcomes visitors with junipers, downy oak, relict pines and metasequoia.

Every year Nikitsky garden holds flower balls. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful sight!

You can get to the garden by numerous excursion buses as well as by any route taxi from Simferopol to Yalta.

Coordinates: 44.51073800,34.23417100

Wax museum

Every year during the holiday season in the center of Yalta in the building of the Museum of Local History the Museum of Wax Figures of St. Petersburg opens its doors.

Here you can admire the wax look-alikes of famous actors, musicians, historical figures – from tsars to today’s politicians. In general, the museum is a great place for visitors who just want to have some fun or just want to get a closer look at famous people and learn something interesting and new – in principle, for all categories of tourists and city residents.

Glade of Fairy Tales

Glade of Fairy Tales (photo)

Attractions can be different. Some of them arise from nature, while others come into being because of the diligence and skill of man. But there are also those that combine the brush of nature and the chisel of man. One of them is the Glade of Fairy Tales in the Crimea.

It is located not far from Yalta, and the place for its placement is chosen exceptionally well. The Glade of Fairy Tales is inscribed into a very picturesque forest, at the edge of which is the main exhibition. This is certainly a very good decision, since the images of famous fairytale characters such as Leshy and Baba Yaga look amazingly natural in a forest landscape. In total, at the Glade of Fairy Tales found their home more than two hundred sculptures from the best cartoons, children’s books and folk tales, made by artists from different countries.

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In order to ensure that the figures fit in with the nature around them as well as possible, as a rule, the method of floristics is used, which consists in taking as the basis of the work some object (for example, a boulder or stump), which initially has some resemblance to the fairy tale character, which is going to portray the master. Glade of Fairy Tales – a wonderful vacation spot for adults and children, allowing you to experience the fairy atmosphere and immerse yourself in memories of your favorite fairy tale characters, as well as learn a lot of new and interesting things. It can not be left without attention!

Coordinates: 44.49846400, 34.11529500

Foros Park

Foros Park (photo)

Foros Park was founded in the 19th century. But originally it was just a deserted area with one fountain. In 1885, the new owner of these lands, a merchant Alexander Kuznetsov, decided to completely transform the park and 5-6 years later he achieved the desired, having spent a huge amount of money. A large number of rare plants not growing in this area, but able to adapt, were brought into the park.

The area of the current park is 70 hectares, of which 30 are cultural plantations and the other 40 is a large forest park. The park has more than 350 species of trees and shrubs. Of particular interest is the Paradise corner – six lakes, located on different levels, connected to each other by a small channel. The park is declared a monument of landscape architecture and is protected by law.

Coordinates: 44.39083200,33.78737200

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Massandra Beach

Massandra beach (photo)

Massandra Beach, like a magnet, attracts numerous guests of the city. First, it is very conveniently located, and secondly, it is full of entertainment. This is a true paradise on the sea where life never stops for a moment. During the day here you can sunbathe and swim in plenty, and in the evening tourists love to stroll slowly along the coast, where the nightlife of Yalta is in full swing.

Massandra beach is considered one of the best in Yalta, but perhaps its main disadvantage is a huge number of holiday-makers in the high season – it seems that there is nowhere to fall. But if you set aside this nuance, you can have a great time here. Among the activities that are offered to the attention of tourists, there is everything – and the opportunity to relax, and the opportunity to ignite the rest.

The beach is a whole complex consisting of six beaches, three of which will impress fans of high comfort, and three – more democratic. Almost every corner of the beach has its own interesting story that makes them especially attractive. Undoubtedly, on Massandra beach you will plunge into the warm atmosphere of pleasure and sunshine.

Coordinates: 44.49963500,34.18620100

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