Sevastopol' Travel Guide

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Sevastopol' Highlights

  • Pro
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     Great Weather, Great Beaches & Lively Nightlife 

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     geeting things sorted 

  • In a nutshell
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     So special... 

Sevastopol' Things to Do

  • Harbor Excursion

    Well we were out walking by the water today and as usual the "harbor excursion" operators were doing their best to convince my wife and I to join one of the perpetually departing tours, so I thought I would gather some info to share here with you.I talked to one of the many tour operators, a guy named Valeri, now I can't vouch for him, but he was a...

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  • Daytrip to Bakhchysaray

    My favorite day of the three we spent near Sevastopol was the day we took the bus to Bakhchysaray and visited the Khan's Palace and Chufut-Kale, one of the many cave cities in this region of the Crimean Peninsula.The trip by bus took about an hour from Sevastopol's bus station, you can easily visit the Khan's Palace, Chufut-Kale and Uspensky...

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  • Monuments

    Sevastopol is a city with a long military history, home to the Russian Black Sea fleet. It was a city closed to the general public until 1997, but the city still has military attachments, we saw young men dressed in their smart uniforms marching and walking about town. Understandably military monuments are a big part of the scenery in Sevastopol,...

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Sevastopol' Restaurants

  • Salads, Coffee and Deserts

    a good place for a morning coffee/tea, lunch or a savoring a delicious desert. a good variety of salads, a wide selection of coffee and tea, along with creative dessert cart. the restaurant's specialty, the rich-flavored Black Prince, will satisfy once cravings for a chocolate dessert with nuts.

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  • Ready to go pizza by the slice!

    The wife & I stopped by Fiesta Pizza for a quick bite to eat the other day. We have eaten at this brightly orange painted-Bob Marley/reggae decorated spot a number of times and it has always been satisfactory.For my wife & me Fiesta Pizza has always been a little bit overshadowed by Celentano Pizza/Potato House (more on that here) since they...

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  • Real Italians making home made gelato!

    I wanted to share my experience at a new gelateria here in Sevastopol on Aivazovkova street just off Nakhimova St. This was actually my second time to visit Buonissimo - which I will share about in a moment.My first experience was great - I had my favorite flavors of coffee and stracciatella and I was thinking that this gelato was so tasty that...

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Sevastopol' Nightlife

  • serenades at port..

    enjoy night until morning with friends and people around..drink..sing....chat..but especially sing...it was an amazing experience to stay on port and sing with people we met just there...we danced ,we laughed,,we cried...never forget to drink nemiroff vodka otherwise u cant get in the mood the re...

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  • shock

    i will only say this !go and taste! ...a night club in the centre ..i necer saw such beautiful women in my life..especially the one who bellydanced us..oh my gosh....if u re drunk and not married imsure u will propose her to marry u ...as we did....also sweet chirsitina the barmaid and lena who was the only good english talking person we met in...

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  • Black Sea Fleet Review

    If you can get in on a performance by the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet Review, do it! You don' t have to know Russian to appreciate the splendid voices, band, and dancing. There are plenty of Russian favourites, western standards, and songs with obvious stories danced out in front of you. A particular favourite was the solo mandolin who grinned...

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Sevastopol' Transportation

  • Electric trolleybus

    When we arrived back at the Sevastopol bus station from Bakhchysaray, we wanted to go back into the center of the city but didn't know which bus to take, we were standing near a bus stop but couldn't read any signs. The cabbies all picked up on the scent of clueless tourists and were circling like vultures but we fended them off until an older...

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  • From Kiev to Sevastopol

    There are several options to get from Kiev to Sevastopol, I didn't even consider the bus after reading about the condition of the roads. We briefly considered the train but at 17 hours, we decided that was a bit too much. So we flew from Kiev to Simferopol, the transport hub for the Crimea and arranged for a driver to get us from the airport.We...

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  • Bus to Bakhchysaray

    From Balaclava, we took a #9 marshrutky to 5 km and then either a #17 or #20 bus/marshrutky from 5 km to get to the bus station in Sevastopol. You will see the train station first, wait until the bus loops back around and you see the bus station before getting off the bus.We got there just a few minutes before the next bus to Bakhchysaray left so I...

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Sevastopol' Shopping

  • Market at 5km

    I'm not sure what days which part of this market are open, all the signs are naturally in Cyrillic but I can tell you that the market was in full swing on a Sunday when we were there, row after row after row of goods-clothes, food, household items, toys, electronics, home improvement items, there seemed to be some logic in the setup as vendors...

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  • Flea Market

    Every Saturday and Sunday in the park in Sovyetska on the hill above Lenin Street, and next to a museum and church a pitch up flea market takes place. You'll find items dating from the 1000BC to Present Date Items, but mostly it's stuff from the Crimea War in 1854 and also German Nazi stuff from the WWII, but beware of fakes. It a great laff...

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  • Art Market in Port

    Art market on weekends outside the city hall. Good quality paintings by local artisits. Bargain prices from a western point of view.

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Sevastopol' Local Customs

  • Military presence

    You can't avoid the military when visiting Sevastopol, the harbor is home to a multitude of Ukrainian and Russian naval ships, there are 100s of monuments and statues commemorating Sevastopol's role in WWII and the Crimean War, many of the streets are named after military heroes. We also saw a lot of young men in the city marching or walking around...

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  • Drinking and smoking

    Drinking and smoking are quite common in public throughout Ukraine, I caught this young man doing both outside the bus station at around 9am. You would see people strolling or sitting in the parks with bottles of beer or mixed drinks that come in cans. It's a little odd to see coming from a country where it is prohibited to drink in public places...

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  • Cyrillic and the language barrier

    Some travelers to Ukraine may find it a bit difficult to communicate and get around as most everything in written in Cyrillic only and it's one of the more difficult places to find people who speak English. This was our fourth trip to Russia or Ukraine, we never seem to have trouble even though we know only a handful of Russian words, we always are...

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Sevastopol' Warnings and Dangers

  • Crossing the street :-)

    Sevastopol (as with many Ukrainian cities) cannot be accused of an over population of stop lights. There are however many relatively well marked crosswalks crisscrossing the roads of Sevastopol. This means that pedestrians get to brave oncoming traffic on their own with out the "protection" of red lights stopping traffic.Pedestrian crosswalks...

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  • The Street Dogs of Sevastopol

    One of the first things you will probably notice when you arrive in Sevastopol besides the lack of building codes and the short skirts is the street dogs.As boggling as it is to the Western mind, there is a completely different paradigm present in Russian & Ukrainian cultures in regards to stray dogs loosely roaming the streets. These street dogs...

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  • Beaches

    Perhaps a bit spoiled from living near a large lake with nice beaches or within a few hour flight of so many places like Mexico or Jamaica with spectacular beaches, I was a bit surprised when Balaklava which I had read was a "resort" area had pretty crappy beaches. We ran across a few here, one was a beach club and the sunbathers were sitting on...

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Sevastopol' Tourist Traps

  • Tacky souvenirs in Sevastopol

    not sure if you would call this a tourist trap warning but... close enough.As I have mentioned it in some of my other posts, Sevastopol still caters to Russian speaking tourists from various parts of the former Soviet Union. This is both good and bad for visiting westerners. For one, I find it intriguing to visit places few of my peers or...

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  • On the streets and stores you...

    On the streets and stores you may be often confused by prices asked not in 'Hryvnya'(s) but 'Rouble'(s). That's a track of the Soviet times; suppose in such situations you've been asked for 'Hryvnya'(s) really. At Sep/2001 you can trade your 1 (ukrainian)Hryvnya for 6 (russian) Roubles and 1 (american) Dollar stands for 5 (ukranian) Hryvnya.Before...

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Sevastopol' What to Pack

  • Crimean packing list

    If you are planning on taking public transport to/from airports or around Crimea, try to pack light. Longer range buses have storage under the bus, smaller marshrutkys do not and your luggage will be something that you need to move around We did a lot of climbing in this area, bring shoes with good traction Bring some tissue with you for the...

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  • Packing List

    This bell was taken by the French during the French / British expedition to the Crimea around 1852. It was in Paris until 2 years ago, when it was handed back.

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Sevastopol' Off The Beaten Path

  • Chersonesos Reserve and Museum

    In 1827, 50 years after the foundation of Sevastopol, the first excavations at the site of Chersonesos commenced. Soon afterwards, Chersonesos received the epithet of "Russian Troy." With every year new houses and streets, squares and churches of the ancient city appeared from under layers centuries-old.The excavations produced so many finds that...

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  • Foggy bell

    «The foggy bell» is a symbol of Chersonesus. It has been produced of trophy guns in 1776. The bell warned the ships of danger in conditions of bad visibility. It is considered that Frenchmen have taken out a bell after defeat of Russia in the Crimean war. They established it on the Belfry of Notre-Dame de Paris. In 1913 Russian diplomats achieved...

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  • Apostle Andrew in Korsun'

    It was Apostle Andrew Called at the First who said the Holy Word on the Land of Geraclean Chersonesus (Korsun' in Russian). According to the legend it was said on the place of present Balaklava St. George Monastery. Climent of Rome with his pupils was exiled to Korsun in 98 A.D., here he leaden a congregation of more than 2000 people. With his...

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Sevastopol' Sports & Outdoors

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    Dive-center "AKVAMARIN" is located in Balaklava, on the cost of Balaklava cove, and represents by itself separate one-floor building. The centre offers course for the beginner and dives for the qualified divers.

    Equipment: Contact the Dive Centre Direct, however the Center is offering a full range of diving services, rendering assistance in allocation, organizing excursion programs.
    Inside the center you will find diving shop, rest room, dry room for an equipment, compressing room, shower cabins

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Sevastopol' Favorites

  • Sevastopol site

    Ran into a great Sevastopol site with a map and a bit stumbling English.The Russian-language sister-site is very entertaining, with funny ads like 'Realty bureau Mowgli'http://www.sevastopol.info/monument/eindex.html Sensible practical advice for visitors, toohttp://www.sevastopol.info/gostyam/For more info contact (or try to)...

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  • Finding a pharmacy & over the counter...

    Just a heads up for travelers. In Sevastopol (and across Ukraine as well) non-perscription medicines are NOT available at grocery stores. You will need to stop by a dedicated pharmacy, pronounced "apteka" in Russian. If you are familiar enough with the Russian language and can read the cyrilic it will be easy to find one of the myriad of pharmacies...

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  • Russian Black Sea Fleet

    Sevastopol’ has long since been known all over the world as the city of the Russian naval glory as a firm stronghold in the South of Russia. Its name which translated from the Greek means "majestic", "worthy of admiration" has been justified by the whole more than two-century-long history of the city.The history of Sevastopol inseparably connected...

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