Tuapse may pale in comparison to the more popular tourist areas of Sochi and Anapa, but it also has its own unique sights that are in no way inferior to more advertised places. Although the architecture of the city is rather trivial, there are an incredible number of scenic nature trails in the surrounding area, and the local pebbly beaches are quite comfortable to relax on.
After a day's rest on the beach in the evening, it is worth taking a walk along Primorsky Boulevard, sitting in a summer cafe with a glass of wine or admiring the lights of the seaport, which continuously receives ships from all over the world. Or you can arrange a quest for yourself and go around the ancient dolmens, trying to unravel the age-old mysteries of these amazing places.
What to see and where to go in Tuapse?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
A sheer cliff rising 46 meters above sea level and stretching 60 meters wide. This unusual natural monument is part of the protected area of the Kadosh Forest Park. The rock was named after the artist A. A. Kiselev, who depicted the sight in his paintings. Until 1917, his dacha was located here, later destroyed along with other similar buildings.
Central city beach
The central beach adjoins the city port and stretches for 1.2 km along the coastline. This is the main swimming area in Tuapse. It is covered with small pebbles, in some places diluted with sand. Due to the gentle entry into the sea and the gradual increase in depth, the water here warms up quite quickly. A little further away is the city promenade with numerous cafes, bars and shops.
Tuapse sea port
Tuapse pier is considered one of the largest and busiest on the Black Sea coast of Russia. It was founded in 1898 and today is engaged in the acceptance and dispatch of large bulk carriers (mainly fertilizer, grain and vegetables), oil transportation and passenger transportation. Vessels from 36 states arrive at the port and moor at 19 berths. The harbor stretches for 3.2 km along the coast.
Tuapse port control tower
The tower is located on the central city square; it was built in 2003 by decision of the Ministry of Transport. It is a glass ball crowning a tall hexagonal pillar. At the top there is a clock showing the time and temperature. In fact, the control room could be located in any room on the territory of the port, but the management liked the project, and they decided to build something extraordinary.
Walking area 400 meters long, which begins at the Tuapse port. From here you have a view of the ships, docks, control tower and the sea coast. The embankment is decorated with several monuments, mainly of a military theme, and a fountain. There are small street cafes, children's attractions, berths for sightseeing boats. The embankment is the most popular meeting and walking place for locals.
The pedestrian street in the city center is 800 meters long (if you count together with the section that runs along the carriageway, then the length will be 2 km). The first plane trees along the alley were planted in 1913 in honor of the 300th anniversary of the accession to the throne of the Romanov dynasty. Under the canopy of centuries-old trees, there are comfortable benches for relaxing, where you can take a breath and admire the surrounding beauty.
The green zone is located within walking distance from the embankment - from here it is convenient to get to the city museums and other attractions. It is a classic park for walking and relaxing with paved paths, lawns, monuments, attractions, benches and a fountain with evening illumination. There is also a concert hall on site. After the reconstruction in 2015, the park began to look even more picturesque.
The singing fountain is a place of attraction for all guests of the city in the evenings. People come here to admire the jets of water shimmering with all possible colors to melodic music. The central cascade rises into the air to a height of 18 meters. The fountain does not have the usual reservoir for collecting water - it seems to “grow” out of the pavement, which makes the attraction even more spectacular.
Fountain "Stone Flower"
The “Stone Flower” is not as spectacular as the singing fountain in the central square, but its sculptural composition, based on the well-known fairy tale by P. P. Bazhov, is masterfully and with imagination. She depicts Danila the craftsman at work - he carves a beautiful stone flower from the rock under the gaze of the Mistress of the copper mountain, which has taken the form of a lizard.
Hill of Heroes
The memorial is located on a hill where in the pre-war years the church was located, and during the Second World War - an artillery battery that fired volleys at enemy aircraft and protected the city from the onset of the German army. The monument, consisting of the Eternal Flame, the monument to the unknown soldier and memorial plaques with the names of the dead, was created in 1965. In post-Soviet times, the church of St. Alexia.
Historical Museum of Local Lore. Poletaeva
The museum was founded in 1946 on the basis of a circle of amateur local historians. The most active collection began to replenish in 1950-60s. Basically, the exposition is devoted to the flora and fauna of the region, as well as the inhabitants of the depths of the Black Sea. Here you can also look at archaeological finds, ethnographic exhibits and get acquainted with historical materials, the section of arts and crafts is actively developing.
Tuapse Defense Museum
The museum collection is entirely devoted to an important episode of the Second World War - the defense of Tuapse in 1942. It is located in two rooms: in the first one you can get acquainted with the chronicle of events, the second - the Hall of Memory of the dead. Of greatest interest are an expanded map illustrating the balance of power during the operation, and a diorama created by the artist A. V. Sidorov. Also, visitors here can see awards, weapons, personal items and letters from soldiers.
House-Museum of A.A. Kiseleva
Memorial Museum of the artist A.A. Kiselev, located in his former home. In his paintings, the painter skillfully depicted the landscapes of Tuapse, which won the love of the locals. The building was recognized as an architectural monument in 1975, and the exposition opened in 1988. The collection is dedicated to the life path and work of the maestro. In addition to his paintings, you can see authentic furnishings, documents and personal items here.
Tuapse railway station
The first railway station building was erected in Tuapse in 1913. After the transfer of the tracks, a new station was built, and the old one was not used for some time. After restoration, a waiting room and administrative offices were opened in the historical building. The station is made in the classical style, typical for the provincial stations of the beginning of the century - an entrance decorated with arches, galleries decorated with rows of columns and white balustrades.
Dolphinarium "Aqua World" in Nebug
The Dolphinarium is not located in Tuapse itself, but in the village of Nebuga, located about 15 km from the city. In the summer season, tourists from all nearby resorts come here. Black Sea dolphins, sea lioness and fur seal perform for visitors. Although there are few actors, they are able to surprise guests with vivid performances. After the show, you can take pictures with all the animals.
Aquapark "Dolphin" in Nebug
In the village of Nebuga there is another place of attraction for travelers - a complex of water attractions that offers recreation for the whole family. It has been operating since 1997 and is one of the first open-air water parks in Russia. There are all kinds of entertainment on the territory: extreme and classic slides, high-speed descents, an artificial river, a swimming pool, recreation areas, a food court and a bar.
Dolmens of Tuapse
Dolmens are mysterious buildings of the ancients. Scientists still cannot figure out their true purpose - either burial places, or places of power, where unknown gods were worshiped on pagan altars. On the territory of the Tuapse region, several hundred dolmens were discovered, which date back to the 3rd - 2nd centuries BC. Several are located right in the city of Tuapse.
Waterfalls on the Dederkoy River
A group of cascades located a few kilometers from the mouth of the Dederkoy River. The height of the largest is about 7 meters. The sights can be reached along a hiking trail, but the route is more likely to be mastered by hardy tourists, as you will have to overcome several kilometers. Above the highest of the waterfalls there is an impromptu observation deck from where you can see the entire gorge and the lake lying on its bottom.
Perun has an impressive height of 33 meters and is considered the largest cascade in the Kuban. The most striking sight appears to the tourist during the spring flood - the stream is filled with water, and the roar of its jets spreads far into the surroundings. During the dry summer season it does not look as inspiring, although due to the beauty of the surrounding scenery, this place is still worth a visit.
The summit is located about 40 km from Tuapse on the territory of the Black Sea reserve. The mountain was chosen by climbers who train here from April to October with a break in July-August. Also, this place is perfect for hiking, as there are many hiking trails leading to quite picturesque places. The mountain got its name due to the fact that its shape resembles a turkey comb.