Tsar's Hunting Lodge converted into Stalin's summer house.
Beautiful Palace and architecture. Small but worth walking around garden.
Take marshrutka to the palace (2 gryvnnya's per person). Make sure you tell the driver so he will stop there and tell you where to go. To get up there is quite a hike and uphill. You will walk through some neighborhoods, but don't worry you are not lost. There are signs with arrows everywhere how to get there.
Don't taste wine outside of it. They pour out of plastic bottles and god knows where the wine came from. They tell you the wine recieved 5 medals, hahahah, based on whom? If you are a big wine snob you won't like wines in Ukraine at all. They are all too sweet.
The delphinarium of Massandra is situated in the hotel "Yalta-Intourist". Driving on dolphins and white whales. Swimming with dolphins. Feeding of animals and underwater immersing. Photographing with dolphins. All these pleasures offers this local delphinarium.
Time of a session 14.30. Duration 1 hour. Cost of a ticket 50 grivnas ($10).
The swimming pool in Yalta hotel is a good decision even in summer when the temperature of water is below 20 degrees. It has warm (+28 degrees) sea water! every season of the year! It's rather large 50 meters.
Do you know what we did every evening in January? Yes, of cause! We were swimming in the pool! It was a great pleasure to swim when the temperature of air was about +5 though the temperature of water was +28!
It is free of charge for those who lives in the hotel (for us). Others should pay 20 grivnas ($4).
The Black Sea is the main sight of the Southern coast of the Crimea, Yalta and Massandra. However the sea happens comprehensible for swimming and bathing only a few months in year - from July till September when water gets warm up to 22-25 degrees. However even in summer the temperature of water can fall till 10-12 degrees. Therefore resorts of Crimea always were exclusively summer resorts.
We arrived to have a rest there in January. Certainly, we could not even dream about any bathing and swimming. However the sea attracted me every day. I came to the beach every morning and every evening and enjoyed its greatness and beauty.
Sacred Nikolay Chudotvorets church has been constructed in 1916 under the project of the architect N.Maksimov for sanatorium of bottom grades and officers of the Russian imperial fleet sick of tuberculosis. The ground was allocated in Bottom Massandra, in a specific manor.
After erection of the health resort it was given under protection off the Empress Aleksandra Fedorovna. Buildings of the sanatorium had names in honor of all children of the imperial family. In 1914 it was consecrated in honor of great princess Olga at the Emperor Nikolay's and Aleksandra Fedorovna presence. And at the same time there was designed the temple for needs of patients of sanatorium. In October, 5th, 1916 it was consecrated in honor of Sacred Nikolay Chudotvorets and the martyress tsarina Alexandra - heavenly patrons of the imperial couple. The temple was executed in Old Russian style.
The address: Yalta-Massandra, Drazhinsky Street, ph. 35-00-43.