Crimea: A Diamond In The Black Sea
A diamond-shaped peninsula, Crimea juts out into the Black Sea and is Ukraine’s pride. It is an exemplar of the importance of geography to history. The strategic importance of its harbors cannot be stressed enough. Having been conquered several times, it is an autonomous republic within the Republic of Ukraine.
Crimea is one of the best tourist spots not only in Ukraine but all over Europe. Millions of tourists from around the world throng the place. It is valued not just for its strategic location but also for its climate and natural beauty. The co-existence of old Soviet style sanatoriums with western entertainment creates a beautiful mix that sometimes borders on bizarre. Ranging from the KaZantip Festival, which is a 4-week-long non-stop disco party to beaches, popular foam discos, wines, spas and therapeutic health resorts with their mud baths and mineral waters – anything goes.
Many films and television series have been shot along the Crimean coastlines and countryside. Trekkers can revel in the peaceful and natural environment. Ancient caves woo people with the remains of prehistoric bison and mammoth. The thrilling cable car rides atop the mountains is as unforgettable as the Crimean cuisine. You would be thrilled to know that young Crimean girls are some of the most beautiful in the world. In fact, as of 2012, a study rated Ukranian and Swedish women as the world’s most beautiful. That in itself is a highly enticing factor.
Palaces and castles adorn Crimea like diamonds in an Emperor’s crown. Swallow’s Nest is a must-see when you are in Crimea. It is a medieval castle sitting firmly on Aurora Cliff near Black Sea at Yalta City. This “Castle of Love” as the locals call it, was built between 1911 and 1912 and is 20 meters long and 10 meters wide. Don’t forget to look down the Black Sea from the castle, as this beautiful building clings to a cliff over the sea.
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