Ai-Petri Mountain Adventure

Yellow Car On Aerial Cableway of Ai-Petri Mountain

It is estimated that Ai-Petri Mountain (named after St. Peter) is approximately 2 million years old. During the Jurassic period the surrounding area was a sea containing a huge 600 metre reef, however over the centuries the sea has receded, isolating and shaping the mountain into what can be seen today. And what was once […]

Swallow’s Nest Castle – The Most Famous Landmark of Crimea

Sailing in the Sea - Neo-Gothic castle "Swallow's Nest" in Gaspra

According to statistics, more than 70% of tourists (not only from Russia but also from Europe) can recognize the Swallow’s Nest Castle seen in this photograph. It is known as the “white pearl” of the Southern Crimean Coast and despite being located in the village of Gaspra which is 11 km from the “resort capital” […]

House-Museum of Prince Lev Golitsyn in Novy Svet

House-museum of Prince Golitsyn in Novy Svet

Before Lev Golitsyn purchased his estate in Novy Svet, the village was surrounded by what could only be described as a desert. Connected to Sudak by a single mountain road, the village attracted few tourists and was basically unknown. However, it wasn’t long before everything changed, and Prince Golitsyn not only became the first Crimean […]

Genoese Fortress in Sudak – fortifications of the XIV century in the Crimea

Ancient Walls and Towers of Sudak Fortress

The Genoese fortress in Sudak is one of the most significant and famous sights of the Crimea. It stands on an ancient fossilized coral reef that has risen over the millions of years from the sea to a height of more than 150 meters. The slopes of the Fortress Mountain are only half-covered with grass, […]

Mount Sokol: Climb to the Top of the Highest Coral Reef in Europe

At the Peak of Sokol Mountain at Sunset, Novy Svet

A legend says that in the old days, when people had not yet lived in Crimea, two birds fought over the sea – an eagle and a falcon. The falcon was younger, the eagle was stronger, and it is not known who would have won if the sea had not been angry. It was it […]

Champagne Wine Factory “Novy Svet”, Tour with Tasting

Fountain and Buildings of Novy Svet Champagne Factory

The Novy Svet factory of sparkling wines is a significant part of the history of Russian winemaking. It was here that they started making champagne, which won the Grand Prix in Paris in 1900. The development of winemaking on such a scale took Prince Lev Golitsyn more than 30 years. Moreover, he began his experiments […]