Crimea, An Oddly Mediterranean Place
Crimea is a very lovely region with a lot of history attached to it. It’s Mediterranean to a point, yet it brings something very different to the table. It’s like a little island all to itself, and it’s time for tourists to check it out than what they’ve been doing.
You have the Coastal Beach Cities, which are extremely tourist friendly. Russian tends to dominate the landscape, but you can get by with English and some good gesturing. The houses are extremely cheap to rent because everyone loves a tourist here!
If you want to go hiking and camping, you can turn to the Coastal Mountains. Camping is a bit rough and tumble, but you can be assured of plenty of quiet time. That’s just something that you have to look into a bit more.
You need to get a guidebook if you’re going to really explore the Crimea, but you can find these just about everywhere that you look once you land. The weather is incredibly nice during the summer, and the water is pretty warm. If you’re used to true Mediterranean beaches, the water around the Crimea may feel downright chilly. Get over it and embrace your surroundings. You’ll be glad that you did.
Now then, what about getting around the country? You definitely want to take the mini buses, because they’re going to be cheap. You don’t want to try to drive, because the road system is very bad. This is a part of the country that isn’t wealthy by any stretch of the imagination. It’s going to be very important for you to be as respectful as possible. Even if you’re a little less than impressed, try to make the best of your surroundings. The incredible beauty of the Crimea makes up for the fact that you aren’t going to be greeted with five star comforts.
The best thing that you can do for yourself is make sure that you’re seeing all of the sights around you. One site that you’re going to want to look at would have to be the Khan’s Palace. It’s absolutely stunning. It’s a structure that goes all the way back to 1443! That’s a long time for any type of building, let alone a castle. It was actually the seat of the Ottoman Empire for a really long time. You’ll find mosques, cemeteries, an old harem and plenty more. If you’re really interested you can take a guided tour to get the full scoop. It’s not expensive at all.
You also need to check out the Bolshoi Canyon — it’s a bit of a drive, but it’s absolutely beautiful. It’s incredible beautiful and you’ll want to make sure that you pack your camera.
Did you know that the Crimea has caves? That’s right — you have Krasnaya, Mramornaya, and Emine-Bayir-Hosar. These are the easiest for tourists to access. There are other caves, but you are going to have to have spelunkers’ tools to make it happen.
Be warned about the food in this region: it’s not for those with a weak stomach. Plenty of spices, tons of flavor. Lots of deep frying and plenty of meat. There’s a lot of great food for very cheap. Since this isn’t a very wealthy area, you definitely want to support the local street vendors as much as you can. You can also go with small restaurants. It all circulates around the local economy, which is a very good thing.
Now is definitely the time to start looking around at Crimea and all of the different little cities that make up this stunning place. Check it out today!