Top 25 Anapa Attractions, Russia

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Anapa is a Black Sea resort with modern infrastructure, a long coastline (55 km), well-maintained recreation areas and all possible entertainment. Its feature is convenient sandy beaches, which is why families with children prefer to come to the city. In general, Anapa is focused primarily on young tourists: water parks, attractions, an oceanarium and a dolphinarium are always filled with children's laughter.

But adults will not be bored either - the city is surrounded by a large number of picturesque natural places where you can go for a walk. Some of them are generally unique for the familiar landscapes of the Black Sea coast. There are also historical sights that have been preserved since ancient times.

What to see and where to go in Anapa?

The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.

Anapa Lighthouse

The lighthouse is located on Cape Anapa, where the walking area ends. From the platform located around it, a panoramic view of the mountains of the Greater Caucasus and the Utrish Peninsula opens. The building was built in 1955 to replace the signal tower of 1909, which was blown up by German troops during the Second World War. The height of the lighthouse reaches 43 meters, the searchlight range is 18.5 miles. In addition to its practical function, it also plays the role of a city landmark.

Anapa Lighthouse

Central embankment

The main pedestrian alley of the resort, stretching from the seaport and the mouth of the Anapka River. The central part of the embankment was landscaped in 2002. As in all coastal cities, the promenade is the center of holiday life. There are cafes, hotels, attractions, entertainment facilities. The walking area is decorated with flower beds, lanterns, landscape sculptures and lined with paving stones.

Central embankment

musical fountains

The complex of five cascades is located near the city administration building. It consists of stone bowls arranged one after another. The diameter of the largest (main fountain) is more than 20 meters. If you catch a good angle, then during the color-musical performance you can capture the entire ensemble at once. Jets splash to a height of 15 meters to classical, jazz and modern melodies.

Musical fountains

Beaches of Anapa

A feature of Anapa is the presence of a fairly long coastline, consisting mainly of sand. That is why it is considered a children's resort (although there are also pebble beaches here). The most famous are Central, "Golden Bay", "Small Bay", "High Coast", Medical Beach. You can also note the beaches stretching towards Dzhemete, the Central beach in Vityazevo, as well as the beach in Sukko.

Beaches of Anapa

Archaeological Museum "Gorgippia"

An open-air archaeological park-museum, organized at the site of the excavations of the ancient colony of Gorgippia. This settlement was founded by the Greeks in the 4th century BC. The total area of ​​the ruins is about 2 hectares. Among them, you can see the foundations of residential buildings, cellars of wineries, fragments of a defensive wall and sections of paved streets. Also exhibited here are objects found during excavations: parts of temple columns, pieces of mosaics, sarcophagi, tombstones.

Archaeological Museum Gorgippia

Museum of Local Lore

The museum collection is dedicated to the history of Anapa. Here you can see artifacts from the time of the Bosporan Kingdom, exhibits from the period of the Russian-Turkish wars, materials on the origin and development of tourism in the city, as well as natural collections that acquaint visitors with the fauna and flora of the Black Sea coast. The section that tells about the culture of winemaking in the region is very popular.

Museum of Local Lore

Russian gate

An architectural monument of the 18th century is the remains of a Turkish fortress built under the rule of the Ottoman Empire for defensive purposes. Once it was a powerful stronghold of eight bastions and walls, stretching in length for more than 3 km. After the capture of the city in 1828 by the troops of the Russian Empire, the remaining gates were dubbed "Russian" in honor of the difficult victory.

Russian gate

Park named after the 30th anniversary of the Victory

The central park of the city, one of the key places for recreation for tourists and local residents. It is located just a few steps from the Medical Beach. Many different attractions attract families with children, the opportunity to take a break from the heat under the shade of trees - sunbathers tired after sunbathing. There is also a cinema, a concert hall and a "living corner" with exotic animals.

Park named after the 30th anniversary of the Victory

Dolphinarium "Nemo"

The Dolphinarium is part of a large entertainment complex, which also includes a penguinarium, a terrarium and an oceanarium. In the "high" season, several performances are organized here a day, since there is usually no end to visitors. In addition to the shows, in which bottlenose dolphins, fur seals, lions and walruses take part, in Nemo you can order a dolphin therapy session or swim in the company of these animals.

Dolphinarium Nemo

Marine Aquarium "Bathyscaphe"

The collection of the aquarium is dedicated to the inhabitants of the Black Sea and reservoirs of the Krasnodar Territory. It is widely believed that there are quite a few living creatures in the Black Sea. And the one that is, does not deserve special attention. The Bathyscaphe collection can debunk this harmful myth: here tourists will see stingrays, flounder, sea dragon, scorpion-ruff, sultan and other interesting species.

Marine Aquarium Bathyscaphe

Water parks "Golden Beach" and "Tiki-Tak"

Water parks are the same invariable attribute of a modern resort as comfortable beaches. "Golden Beach" is located in the very center of the city and is the largest in terms of the number of attractions. "Tiki-Tak" is located on Pioneer Avenue in Dzhemet. It is usually difficult for tourists to choose one thing, since the conditions and prices in both are approximately the same. The main criterion, as a rule, is the location.

Water parks Golden Beach and Tiki-Tak

Water ski park "Sea of ​​Pleasure"

The only park in Anapa offering jet skis, skis, pucks and other devices. Instructors work here who teach tourists the technique and monitor safety, since not everyone can keep their balance while walking at speed on the waves - certain skills are required. For maximum comfort, visitors are dressed in wetsuits, because the water is quite cold.

Water ski park Sea of ​​Pleasure

Lion's Head Castle in Sukko

"Lion's Head" is an entertainment themed complex in Sukko, offering visitors to plunge into the world of the Middle Ages. The main show that takes place within its walls is a jousting tournament, where participants show their skills and various tricks, and also fight according to all the rules of past centuries. In addition to the main spectacle, you can visit other areas: a forge, a pottery workshop, a stable, a tavern, a torture museum, a shooting gallery of Robin Hood.


Church of St. Onufry the Great

An Orthodox church built in the 1830s at the behest of Nicholas I. Construction began almost immediately after the city was liberated from Turkish rule. The first building was destroyed in 1855 during the Crimean War, the next one was built towards the end of the 19th century, when the city had already finally fallen under the protectorate of the Russian Empire. In 1991, after decades of desolation, the temple was consecrated in honor of Onuphrius the Great.

Church of St. Onufry the Great

Temple of Seraphim of Sarov

The temple was built in 2004-2015. The Pskov-Novgorod style of religious construction, widespread in the 12th-14th centuries, was chosen as the main architectural style. It is characterized by the absence of external decor and the simplicity of decoration. The church has a Sunday school for adults and children, an Orthodox library, a parish charity service, and a family support center.

Temple of Seraphim of Sarov

Ship-monument "Scarlet Sails"

The sculpture adorns the Central Embankment of Anapa. It is a figure of a ship from A. Green's story "Scarlet Sails". The vessel is set in the middle of a vibrant flower bed, making it one of the most desirable backdrops for colorful photographs. Sometimes tourists even line up to take memorable pictures. "Scarlet Sails" is perhaps the most memorable art object on the city embankment.

Ship-monument Scarlet Sails

Monument "White Hat"

The monument is located in the park. 30th anniversary of the Victory. It is a comic collective symbol of a tourist vacationing on the Black Sea coast. The sculpture was installed in 2007. It is a white marble hat, put on a granite pedestal. Why this particular headpiece? Probably because many visitors buy this accessory upon arrival in Anapa to protect themselves from the scorching sun.

Monument White Hat

Monument to a vacationer

Another frivolous monument dedicated to tourists. It is made in the form of a huge 8-meter statue of a man reclining on the sand with an unchanged white hat covering part of his body. The sculpture is located near the entrance to the Central Beach. The statue usually amuses the guests of the city, as it reminds them of themselves at the moment of blissful "doing nothing" and enjoying the warm rays of the sun.

Monument to a vacationer

Monument stele "Soaring Eagle"

The statue of a soaring eagle on a stone pedestal marks the beginning of the Caucasus Mountains. The sculpture was installed near Anapa in 2013. It is made using metal-plastic technique. Since its opening, the eagle figure has become a must stop point for many tourists. Around the monument there is a paved observation deck, from where a view of the city, the bay and the vast expanses of the steppe opens.

Monument stele Soaring Eagle

bald mountain

Bald Mountain is located about 9 km from the center of Anapa. It is a steep hill of several hundred meters, almost devoid of vegetation (hence the name). The hill is a convenient viewing platform for viewing the endless expanses of the Black Sea and its shores. The slopes of the rock are made of light limestone and closer to the water are covered with multi-colored undersized shrubs.

Bald mountain

Sukko Valley

The valley runs along the course of the river of the same name, which originates in Abrau-Dyurso. It lies among low wooded hills covered mainly with beech and oak groves (pines and junipers are also found). On the seashore, which abuts the valley, there is a resort village of Sukko. It is sandwiched between Lysa and Soldiers' mountains. In this resort area, emphasis is placed on children's recreation.

Sukko Valley

Cypress Lake in Sukko

The lake is located on the outskirts of the village of Sukko. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that swamp cypresses grow right out of the water. This species is not found anywhere else in Russia, its homeland of origin is North America. Perhaps they were brought to the Black Sea coast in the 1930s as an experiment, and they took root on local soil. In any case, the spectacle is quite unusual and atypical for Russian expanses.

Cypress Lake in Sukko

Reserve "Big Utrish"

A protected natural area covering an area of ​​more than 5 hectares. It covers wild beaches, picturesque lagoons, groves of juniper and pistachio trees, coastal cliffs. Stellate sturgeon and sturgeon are found in local reservoirs. "Bolshoy Utrish" is famous for the fact that several rare species of Mediterranean butterflies and a huge number of waterfowl live here.

Reserve Big Utrish

Bugaz Spit

A narrow strip 12 km long and up to 300 meters wide, located between the Black Sea and the Bugaz Estuary. This is a unique place in terms of relaxation away from the crowds of tourists and bustle. Its beaches are completely covered with sand and small shell rock, it is quite warm here and there is a gentle entrance to the sea. The spit is recognized as an ideal place for kitesurfing due to suitable natural conditions. Basically, tourists stay in campsites.

Bugaz Spit

lotus valley

In the village of Strelka, not far from the city of Temryuk, there is a unique place - the lotus valley. This flower is familiar to the landscapes of Asia, but not to the Russian landscape. And, nevertheless, here it grows as a solid living carpet. The history of the place began in 1938, when this species was specially cultivated in the Kuban. After decades of hard work, lotuses nevertheless took root in local reservoirs and today tourists can admire their beauty.

Lotus valley