Popular Adventure Travel Region of Crimea
Crimea in Ukraine has changed rulers and occupiers so many times most would have lost count by now. But the continuous fight for Crimea has led to this peninsula having the richest and most diverse history of any other destination in Ukraine. Here visitors will hear the stories of the Goths, Cimmerians, Mongols, Greeks, Huns and Iranians, who have all left their mark on Crimea. Even the Nazi’s tried their hand at ruling Crimea during World War II. To be surrounded in history, nostalgia and breathtaking sights, Crimea in Ukraine is the ideal destination.
On 5 May 1992, Crimea won their independence to have their own
government, while remaining a part of Ukraine. Simferopol is the capital of
Crimea and has a strong population of approximately 1.9 million residents.
Although Crimean Tatars are native to this part of Ukraine, they only make
up about 13% of the present population. Most of them were forced to leave
Crimea under Russia’s rule and that of Stalin’s iron fist. Due to its
location on the Black Sea, many conflicts arose after Ukraine declared
their independence from Russia. And to add to the frustrations, the Crimean
Tartars wanted their land back.
Crimea, as seen today, is divided into fourteen districts that fall
within twenty-five regions and are overseen by eleven municipalities. Many
cities within these regions play vital roles in the mechanics of the Crimean
peninsula. Dzhankov is a significant railway city and Eupatoria takes on the
diverse role of resort, railway connection and a major port city. Yalta is
one of the busiest tourist destinations, while Bakhchisaray is steeped in
historical importance. Tourist destinations such as Sudak, Noviy Svet,
Alushta, Feodosiya and Staryi Kym are important to the economy. Tourism is not the only industry in Crimea, as it produces various products such as fruit, livestock, metal, fertilizers, fish, tobacco and leather.
Crimea is known as the most favored destination in Ukraine for rock
climbing, hiking, sightseeing, mountain biking, windsurfing, horseback
riding and many other outdoor activities. Sightseeing enthusiasts can look
forward to the Lastochkino, also known as the Swallow’s Nest, a medieval
castle that looms over a rocky cliff and was constructed in the years 1911
to 1912. The Meadow of Fairy Tales (Polyana Kazok) near Yalta, is a popular
attraction filled with approximately 200 different sculptures created by
local artists. It also has many charming restaurants, picturesque beaches
and a vibrant nightlife.
There is no end to the sights and attractions in Crimea, with each relic
and building having its own unique story to tell. Crimea is a destination
filled with adventure, history, excitement and honor. It is a part of
Ukraine that has a pleasant surprise waiting around each corner.