located in the heart of a mountain in Balaklava is the ultra secret soviet James Bond-style underground submarine base. Tunnelled into the mountain and now disused, has become a modern day Tourist attraction. It's open to tourists (guided tours only).
A quick 30 minute drive out of Sevastopol and you'll come to the upcomming holiday resort of Balaclava. The restaurants and boulevard bars are delightful, and you will also have access to boat trips and diving gear should you wish to venture into, or under the Black Sea
There is also a boat trip which takes you across the harbour directly into the Soviet Submarine pens.
Or you may fancy a hard walk up to the Genoese Fort, where you may take some spectacular photos of Balaclava.
The roads to and from Sevastopol are quiet, and you may take a taxi, public transport or mini-buses.
On suburbs of Sevastopol and in private areas it is possible to see grazed goats. They like to regale on a sweet cherry. If you see one of these nice goats please feed it with a sweet cherry. They’ll be so happy…
In the hills there is a cave city (see picture) where various groups of people of various religions lived, but not at the same time. The city was abandoned about 100 years ago when its inhabitants moved to live on the shore in the Sevastopol area.
Visiting Sevastopol, or just taking a ride around the Crimea, You definitely should visit Balaklava. It is a unique place – local people say that Balaklava bay is located so that no storm can occur in it. This is one of the oldest existing settlings in Crimea – on this photograph you can see ruins of the old Genoese fortress. You can go to Balaklava by any mean of transportation that can move over the sea, or you can use a bus or so called ‘routed taxi’ from Sevastopol. It costs for less than a quarter of American dollar, and takes for about 20 minutes to get. Balaklava is widely accepted by Sevastopol inhabitants as a place where to go swimming-sunbathing rather than Sevastopol itself. Scuba-divers are welcomed in Balaklava – it is a special bureau for them just in front of the mooring line. Just some kilometers from Balaklava’s center preserve area begins, so the nature is especially pleasant. Water is fantastically transparent here for the country where the care about ecology is still in the embryonic state.