One of the highlights of Alupka/Yalta is Vorontsov Palace. Built by Count Vorontsov with a Chinese, Turkish, Sottish inspirations. (Wiki has a better description probably) If you are going there from Yalta, don't take the bus tour (around 110 gryvnyas per person). They are very overpriced (obviously targeted for tourists) and none of them speak...more
Masterpiece of landscape designing is the Palace Park. Alupka Park makes up a joined ensemble with Vorontsov Palace. Nowhere in the Crimea except Alupka would you see such combination of architectural genius with the landscape painter's genius. The combination of sea with mountains, stones with woods, nature wildeness with civilization grace...more
I have been many times to Alupka and had stayed in a different place each time however recently i had stayed in AlupkaRose Guesthouse and it beat staying in a hotel in every way. It was cleaner than the hotels in the area, closer to the sea and to the town, the staff were very friendly and the prices were excellent. I highly recommend staying there...more
One of the highlights of Alupka/Yalta is Vorontsov Palace. Built by Count Vorontsov with a Chinese, Turkish, Sottish inspirations. (Wiki has a better description probably)If you are going there from Yalta, don't take the bus tour (around 110 gryvnyas per person). They are very overpriced (obviously targeted for tourists) and none of them speak...more
Take a cable car up to Ai Petri hill.it's 25 gryvnyas per person one way. You can come back either by a bus or by cable car again.There are some beautiful views from the mountain.Lots of good tatar food.Be prepared for dirty over priced toilets. Lots of people try to get you to ride on camels, donkeys, etc.Watch out for the people with birds, once...more
The Lower Park is arranged in Italian gardens style of Renaissance. There is "Fountain of Tears" representing the variant of the famous Bakhchisaray fountain glorified by A.S.Pushkin. You can also see the "Shell" fountain and the "Cat's Eye" spring, "Tea House" spring, the I.K.Ayvazovsky rock. The fountain "Trilbi" attracts everybody’s attention....more
There is the beautiful the lions' terrace with three pairs of white marble lions: sleeping, awaking and kept vigil. Six gorgeous Italian marble lions flank the staircase outside the palace's seaward front. The inscription on the pedestal says that all the six sculptures are made from carrack marble in the studio of the famous Italian sculptor...more
Alupka Palace is now an architectural and art museum. It contains the furnishings and art collections, which had been in the palace itself and the collections from other estates of the Southern coast of the Crimea.After the revolution the Palace was nationalized. The museum was opened in 1921.In February of 1945 the English delegation which arrived...more
There are about 150 rooms in the palace. A lobby, a dining room and a billiard room are tree trimmed in Gothic style. The winter garden and a blue drawing room with stucco moldings are very interesting. Highlights of the interior include an 1860 Becker piano, a beautiful sun room, and a main dining room with impressive woodwork and a balcony for...more
East and western styles were harmoniously combined in this palace. East style was produced on the southern part of the palace. The southern facade turned to the sea, is executed in Moorish style and copies a known fortress of Arabian caliphs Alhambra in Granada. On a frieze of a deep niche the 6-times inscription in the Arabian language repeats:...more
The northern part of the Palace was created in western style. This side of the palace is in the English Tudor style. The main idea of the Count Vorontsov and his architect Blore was to create an organic and integral part of the Palace and surrounding landscape. One way in which they achieved this idea was by building the Palace from the same stone...more
The garden is a masterpiece of landscape architecture. It includes a dense artificial forest, filled with enormous boulders that during the ages have fallen from the cliffs in odd shapes and lodged in positions which the landscape artist has utilized in an ingenious and artistic manner. There are said to be more then 1 million plants. Every tree...more
The coastal highway divides the park on the Upper Park and the Lower Park. The Upper Park is satiated with natural peps: severe stone messes and glassy ponds, fragments of natural south coastal woods and groups of wonderful foreign trees. All of them have poetic names: Moon Stone, Small and Large Chaoses; Trout, Mirror and Swan Lakes; Platan,...more
Masterpiece of landscape designing is the Palace Park.Alupka Park makes up a joined ensemble with Vorontsov Palace. Nowhere in the Crimea except Alupka would you see such combination of architectural genius with the landscape painter's genius. The combination of sea with mountains, stones with woods, nature wildeness with civilization grace impress...more
So, this Alupka's Palace is not just an old building - it's a museum inside and a beautiful Park-reserve, very big with small ponds with fishies and swans, palm alley.There is too muc inside it, so you'd better see it by yourself - you won't loose time:)more
Don't miss it even though you'll have to pass a huge queue. You'll be impressed when you get there. And also during your way too;) it's very high, believe me:)But even if the weather is hot, don't forget to take a jacket, the temperature there is much different:)There will be an ice cave where staying for 10 minutes will make you 10 years...more
Autostation is situated in Yalta on Lenin's street, 4.
The fixed-route taxi N27 from Yalta goes up to the Alupka park.
We got there by tourist mini-bus. It cost us 55 grivnas (including entrance fee to the Palace and guide).
As many gift shops are usual near any tourist sight in Alupka we saw them in plenty even in winter. Products of local manufacturers of souvenirs were on sale there. Badges, charms, pictures and many other things.
I have chosen a figure of a sleeping lion as a souvenir. Now he sleeps on my sideboard and reminds about Alupka...
Fine flora of the Palace Park is remarkably combined with surprising fauna. There were following representatives of local fauna: squirrels which in a plenty have mastered centuries-old trees, swans floating in artifitial lakes and cats almost everywhere.The pair graceful swans showed their love. Infinite quantity of cats which we saw in Yalta,...more
Twenty seven years later I have arrived again to Alupka and the Vorontsov palace. My last visiting took place in the summer of 1980. It was a year of the Moscow Olympiad. My friend and I went to have a rest in the Crimea and lived in Yalta. Ten days which we spent there bring me back splendid memories.Every morning we floated by the steam-ship to...more
After the connection of the Crimea to Russia in the end of the XVIII Alupka belonged to the prince Potyomkin, later - to the general Revelioti who was the commander of Greek Balaklava battalion (the Crimean boundary protection of that time). In the first half of the XIX manor has passed to the count M. Vorontsov.Vorontsovsky Palace is located in...more
Ai-Petri (Sacred Peter it is in Greek) - the mountain which has become one of favourite symbols of the Crimea. It is situated just above Alupka and create a spesific climate around it. Its height is only 1234 meters. It is not the greatest Crimean mountain, but the silhouette of this mountain finishes the most beautiful line of an amphitheater from...more
The Ai-Todor Lighthouse is situated near Alupka and the Swallow Nest. It doesn’t astonishes anybody (but nobody didn’t even try to hit this aim!), but every night it attracts people’s attention because of the green flashes which are seen at a distance of the many miles from the Lighthouse. It warns the sailors of the rocks and beach, it helps the...more