Jun 01

ODESSA, ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BLACK SEA RESORTS (ODESSA)

What can be said about Odessa except for nice words?! The town is charming, located in the north-west of the Black Sea and is the capital of Odessa district, one of the largest in Ukraine. It is an important commercial, tourist, industrial and cultural center and one of the biggest Russian ports. It was founded two centuries ago, and only a century after the founding, it became the third largest center of Russian Empire after St. Petersburg and Moscow. Empress Catherine the Great honored the city with the status of Porto Franco – meaning free port. During the communist period, Odessa was the most important trading spot in the USSR. It has a population of over one million inhabitants and nowadays it is increasingly visited by tourists from all over the world.

The city is easy to roam thanks to its wide generous boulevards, many of them on one way, which greatly facilitates the traffic flow. The streets are arranged like a chessboard, being parallel and perpendicular to each other. Avenues and streets are “guarded” on both sides by tall, thick trees that provide shade all day, giving a cool, fresh air all the time. So it is a pleasure to walk on the famous Primorsky, Richelievskaya, Panteleymonivskaya boulevards or Pedestrian Deribasovskaya. All are animated, with many restaurants of different culinary styles (Ukrainian, Georgian, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, etc.), very chic cafés, pubs and shops, ultramodern malls, such as Europe or Athena, historical monuments, museums, theaters where you can enjoy opera and ballet performances, the Vorontov Palace – a true architectural gem -, the City Hall, the statue of Pushkin standing with the back towards the building as in an act of defiance. You can see many other buildings with a wonderful architecture (for instance the Passage), the Variety Theater, the Russian Drama Theater, the railway station (beautiful both on the outside and on the inside) with a huge chandelier decorated with gold hanging under the dome that dominates the entire building, the Orthodox Cathedral, the Synagogue, the Mosque, and several renowned nightclubs: Ibiza, Europarty Club, YO Club, Vis-a-Vis etc.

An important attraction are the famous Potemkin Stairs that took their name after the famous Soviet silent film “Battleship Potemkin” where a group of civilians were massacred by tsarist troops. These steps seen above, give you an optical illusion that gives you the impression that only the first step of each group is visible, when they are actually 192 steps. You can either climb all the steps by foot, or take the funicular. The steps lead to the port, where encounter the passengers’ terminal, a modern naval station.

Here we the magnificent four stars Odessa Hotes is awaiting. Constructed on a strip of land that was imbedded into the sea, the Odessa Hotel is offering its guests a wonderful scenery consisting in the infinite horizon of the Black Sea. In front of the terminal, there is a futuristic bronze sculpture named “Golden Children”.

Odessa also has beautiful parks with ancient trees that are suitable for visits during any season; however, the fall offers an amazing scenery doe to the change of the leaves colors, which, beginning from late September, they turn from green to yellow, orange or rust and the autumn flowers are in bloom.

Odessa is known as the most popular seaside resort, and has two important beaches: Arkadia, with a wide and smooth entry into the sea, an amusement park, and the largest dolphinarium in Eastern Europe, called Nemo.

Odessa is delightful and has many beautiful and interesting places waiting for you to visit; afterwards, you will leave with great memories and beautiful pictures.

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Jul 18

Odessa beach resorts (Sejur la plaja in Odessa)

Whoever said that the beach is the beach regardless of the state you find yourself in was badly mistaken. Even if we are considering the states that are opened to the same sea, the differences between them are noticeable. And we are not referring solely to the clarity of the water or the delicacy of the sand, but also to the accommodation and services you are bound to find while on vacation.

This article is dedicated to the beaches in Odessa and will analyze both the beach resorts available in the third largest Ukrainian city, but also the points of interest located throughout the city, which might attract the tourists who want to gain some insight into the cultural and historical aspects al Ukraine.

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First and foremost, it is worth mentioning that Odessa is one of the largest ports found in the southern part of the state. Dedicated mostly to industrial activities, Odessa has a powerful economy which is stirred by the labor of about 1 million inhabitants. But aside from its economic tendencies, the city is also renowned as a resort, where tourists from different part of the world come to experience, even if for a short period of time, the way of life that Odessa has to offer.

Besides the Sunny Beaches which indulge both locals and foreigners with a warm sea and a relaxing atmosphere, Odessa is also a tourist magnet due to the historical sites located here. Upon entering the city, it is impossible not to notice the wide streets and the imposing buildings with their beautiful architectural design. It is a clear example of civilization at its very best, emphasizing the affluence of the city.

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The high season is quite long, lasting from May until October, and you do not have to worry that the weather might spoil the perfect vacation you have planned. On the contrary, the possibility of seeing a cloud on the sky is quite remote, the sunlight being always by your side. It is no wonder that the city bears the name of “Pearl of the Black Sea.”

When it comes to accommodation, you should rest assured that there are numerous hotels spread along the coastline. Even if you do not call in advance in order to make a reservation, chances are that you will find a vacant room.

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But because you want to be certain that nothing can harm your vacation, you should book a room beforehand. From a monetary point of view, it is advisable to look into private apartments, especially if you come as a group. This is practiced a lot in Odessa so you will have no problem in finding a real estate agent to show you flats located at the seaside.
The temperate climate is usually characterized by sunny days, but the air does not become irrespirable due to the sea breeze which makes the heat bearable, and quite pleasant. So it seems that nothing can stop tourist from coming to a place which offers them a resort area which extends over 20 km and consists of warm sea and well-maintained beaches.

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One of the most popular beaches along the coastline is Arcadia Beach where the majority of the night clubs are located – this being the reason for which many young people choose this specific area. Arcadia consist of numerous bars, clubs, restaurants, spas and hotels so it is no wonder that it has become known as the epicenter of summer nightlife.

The hotels are located in close proximity of the sandy beaches and have numerous services to offer, depending on the guests’ needs and wants, as well as on their financial possibilities. But regardless of the type of room you choose, be it in a 5 star or a 3 star hotel, the services provided will be impeccable.

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In terms of other tourist attractions, you can visit the Opera and Ballet House, which has one of the most impressive architectural designs in all of Ukraine and has come to be known as one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. The monument combines elemens of the Italian Baroque architecture with those of the Renaissance. Statues representing allegorical scenes adorn the façade of the building together with the busts of famous writers and poets.

The Archeological Museum, which took form in the 19th century (1825), has more than 160.000 items on display, among which one can find remnants of Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, items belonging to the primitive and classical culture, as well as a numismatics collection.

So if you are looking to spend some quality time in a beach resort, Odessa is the answer for you.