A great place to learn Russian culture and a different side of the world. Wide open nature but cold winters inland. The city itself doesn't get too cold because of the ocean winds but only has 2 fairly warm months in the year. Summer is the nicest time to visit with many festivals, activities, camping and fishing to do, including "white nights"...more
I was taken to one of their famous gulags, where famous scientist and political prisoners were taken for their knowledge and anti-government beliefs. It was I am sure a horror in the beginning and a horror at the time of my visit. There were old crumbling buildings, broken wire fencing and tons of mud.It was a very depressing site.What made it...more
6 Reviews and Opinions
13 Lenin Str
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
I don't know any restaurant, I would rather tell about local food.
Favorite Dish: The most famous local food is red caviar. Being delicacy in European Russia, it is quite common in Magadan region. 'Red fish' go up from the sea to the small rivers in July-September. 'Red fish' is the name of different species of local salmon. The meat of it is really red and deliciuos.
You can find here Kamchatkan crab with the body (only the body) of 30 sm in diameter. The taste is as great as the size.
Well, that week the Rotary Club was having a dinner party and I was asked to sing for the guest. What an experience, the very rich were there, of course Magadan is very poor in comparison to a lot of Russian Satellites. I had never witness so much toasting and drinking in all of my life. There were more toastings to the American Singer, one with the Champange, one with the Beer, one with the vodka,and one for or with the wine. By that time every one except the cooks, my interpreter,a few women,and the singer(myself) were not toasted.
Dress Code: Well for this particular event, people were dressed in suits and ties,some were dressed in black tie, the women were well dressed in silks,and satins,and wonderful jewelry.
Plane to the Socol(=falcon) airport. And it is THE ONLY way to reach Magadan with regular transport.
One can try to go by car from Yakutsk (couple of thousands kilometers) or with cargo ship from Vladivostok (even farer).
There are regular planes from Moscow - I used only this route. Some other Russian cities are also connected by airlines with Magadan Now there is also plane from Anchorage, Alaska.
Airport is 56km from the town. You can go from airport by regular bus. Buses are also the only public transportation. Most of the town you can explore by walking, it is not very big.
While its a wonderful outing and an honor to be invited to the 'banya' or the Russian version of the Turkish bath - usually a private building attached to a home, its important to pace yourself as they give shots of homebrew vodka as you alternate between the hot steam room and the cool down room. Else, you will be vomiting up those crab cakes and pickles quicker than you can say Prost. Don't be shy, ask for water so you can attempt to stay hydrated.
As always bring your own water,and as a singer it was quite essential for me to have water at all times. There is a bottle water that is bottled right in their springs,and it was an effervesent it was all right. They thought the world of it, I didn't because I don't like bubbly water. Beware,in the dead of winter in this particular region, your...more
Climate is not the most comfortable in Magadan, to say the least . It is much colder than in Helsinki or S-petersburg, although they all stand on the same latitude. Winter last from September-October to May. The latest time I saw snow was the beginning of June. It is not so cold in winter (-20C may be the lowest temperature), but always windy. Wind...more
Again, I was there as a part of my concert tour.I stayed in a wonderful hotel. I was treated like royalty. When I arrived I was greeted with television cameras and newscast people. You know most things are hard for the Russian people, and at this particular airport there wasn't any walkways to exit from the plane to the airport, you were to walk at...more
I was a child when my family lived in Magadan, so most of my memories are great as childhood memories usually are. There is feeling of being a setteler on the other planet. You may walk along the streets of the town and at the same time enjoy the view mountains (sopkas) surrounding it. And you don't need to walk to much out of the town to find...more