Sudak and Noviy Svet
Took a day tour from Yalta to Sudak and Noviy Svet. They offer those tours everywhere. It is around 110 hryvnyas per person ($22). It's a 2 hrs drive in a micro bus and you will end up going with a group of about 20 people. Definitely worth going! Got to see the fortress, listen to history of Sudak and Crimea. Afterwards we were taken to Noviy Svet. Walked on Galitzin's Path and went to Shalapin's Cave. Further down we hiked up the mountains, walked to the beach "Pirates Cove". And then walked back to Noviy Svet through mountains
- Historical Travel
- Mountain Climbing
They say there's one of the best beaches in Crimea and surely the landscape is breathtaking... but unfortunately a bad street accident between a bus and a car didn't allow us to go to Novy Svet, 7Km west of Sudak. And after loosing around 1 hour in a queue we decided it was better to go to Feodosiya. Pity we couldn't see this place, but at least we could enjoy the wonderful view from the Genoese fortress.
I arrived in Sudak when the sun was already down behind the fortress, so it was too cold for swimming...
The following day I spent much time at the fortress and then we couldn't find a single centimetre free on the main beach close to our hotel, and since we had to go to Feodosiya we decided to go swimming somewhere else.
So I never tried Sudak's beaches, I just put my feet inside the water, not so much! :)
Anyway the beach is nice as well as the long walk along the seaside, full of people, places to go at night and people selling any kind of goods.
The Genoese Fortress
The main reason to come to Sudak, apart the beaches on the Black Sea, is to visit it's number one (and only) tourist attraction, the Genoese fortress.
The Genoese took Sudak from the Venetians in 1365 and kept this fortress, with the name of Soldaia, for 110 years, before the Ottoman Empire wrestled it from the Genoese and gave it to the Crimean Khanate.
16 are the towers which used to proted the Genoese fortress in Sudak, which is the best preserved Genoese fortification in Crimea (other major fortifications are found in Balaklava and Feodosiya).
One big complaint with Ukrainian/Crimean authorities: to enter the Genoese fortress you pay quite an expensive ticket. Inside the fortress perimeter it's full of rubbish, everywhere. It seems they don't spend a single kopek to keep this wonderful historical site clean, and that's really bad.
Another little complaint: inside the fortress is full of people acting like King Arthur movies, with Celtic or country music, dressed in kilt and things like that... I've great positive simpathy for Scotland, but the fortress is Genoese, it would be better to se St.George's flag there! ;)
Noviy Svet Walk
Noviy Svet has a wonderful scenic walk along the beach, mountains and nature.
With a tour it's about 1.6 mi long
- Hiking and Walking