Evpatoria is the center of the resort life of the Western Crimea. Unlike the southern coast of the peninsula, completely different climatic conditions and natural landscapes prevail here. The city is surrounded by arid steppe and lakes with therapeutic mud. For tourists, the main advantages of holidays in Evpatoria are sandy beaches, the opportunity to combine relaxation with treatment and the sea, which is warmer than in other parts of Crimea.
Evpatoria was founded more than 2.5 thousand years ago by the ancient Greeks. Since then, she managed to visit a part of different kingdoms that existed on the territory of the Crimean peninsula. The first tourists appeared in the city in the 19th century. Since that time, Evpatoria began to develop as a balneological resort. People came here to take baths with therapeutic mud, swim in the healing waters of Sasyk-Sivash, or simply enjoy the fresh sea breeze and clean air.
What to see and where to go in Evpatoria?
The most interesting and beautiful places for walking. Photos and a short description.
Embankment named after Gorky
City promenade, which is considered one of the most beautiful in the Crimea. It was restored and improved in 2003. The promenade starts from Frunze Street at the sculpture of Hercules and stretches for 800 meters along the coastal strip to Duvanovskaya Street. Along the embankment are concentrated architectural sights, beaches, souvenir shops, restaurants and attractions.
Embankment named after Tereshkova
The central embankment of Evpatoria, perfectly adapted for walking. There are no equipped beaches and tourist infrastructure, but there is a magnificent view of the sea, the Juma-Jami mosque and St. Nicholas Cathedral. Many tourists prefer to sunbathe and swim here. The plans of the city authorities include a complete reconstruction of the embankment, including its park part.
Central city beach
Public sandy beach, located at the beginning of the promenade. Gorky opposite the amusement park. Frunze. The place is perfect for small children, as there are no sharp stones and a fairly gentle entrance to the water. The sand strip is small, because of this, even in the low season there are a lot of people here. For this reason, many tourists prefer to go to paid beaches.
Cote d'Azur beach
A picturesque coastline 220 meters long with a gentle slope into the sea. "Cote d'Azur" is considered one of the cleanest and most comfortable beaches in Evpatoria and the surrounding area. It is equipped with everything necessary for a comfortable stay. There are bars, water rides, a VIP area with cozy bungalows at the very edge of the sea, awnings and comfortable sun loungers. The swimming area is fenced with a special net from algae and jellyfish.
The temple complex of the Karaite ethnic group, consisting of two prayer houses (Big and Small Kenasses), a religious midrash school, a dining room and outbuildings. It was erected on the site of a dilapidated city kenesa at the beginning of the 19th century and became the spiritual and cultural center of the Crimean Karaites. A small museum has been opened at the complex, combined with the national library "Karay-bitikligi".
An architectural monument of the end of the 15th century (in Crimean Tatar - Odun-bazaar kapusy). Several centuries ago, the gates were part of the defensive fortifications of the city of Gyozlev (Kyozlev), which was part of the Crimean Khanate. From here, the rulers went to Bakhchisarai after completing the prayer in the Juma-Jami mosque. The Gözlow Gate was destroyed in the 1950s. and restored in 2004 at the initiative of the city authorities at the expense of patrons.
The Muslim monastery of dervishes - ascetics who belonged to the Sufi branch of Islam. The complex is the only architectural monument of its kind in the Crimea. It consists of a madrasah, a mosque and a tekie, built in the period from the 15th to the 18th centuries. Since the 1930s the premises were used for the needs of the Black Sea Fleet. Since the 2000s Restoration work is being carried out on the territory of the complex.
The main Muslim temple of Evpatoria, which has the status of a Friday mosque. The construction was erected in the 16th century under Khan Devlet I Gerai (Girey). Over the following centuries, it was repeatedly restored and rebuilt. During the Soviet era, Juma-Jami served as a museum. In the 1990s the building was returned to the Muslim community of Evpatoria.
St. Nicholas Cathedral
An Orthodox church of the late 19th century, erected in memory of the liberation of Evpatoria from the enemy army during the Crimean War. Funds for the construction were allocated by the Muslim, Karaite, Greek, Armenian and Jewish communities. A considerable amount was donated by the Russian Emperor Alexander III. In the Soviet period, the temple was planned to be blown up, but he managed to survive due to the fact that the order for destruction was never issued.
Armenian Church of Surb Nikoghayos
The temple is located on the site of the former Armenian quarter, which during the time of the Crimean Khanate was located on the outskirts of the city of Gyozlev (Kyozlev). The construction of the church dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. During the Crimean War, the French garrison was located in the building, as evidenced by the names of soldiers scratched on the walls. During the Soviet period, the temple was used for household purposes, which is why it became somewhat dilapidated. In the 1990s its restoration began at the expense of the Armenian diaspora.
Religious building of the beginning of the 20th century, located near the Gözlow Gate. The temple did not serve the Jewish community for long, as it was abolished with the onset of Soviet power. During the Great Patriotic War, a stable was located here, later - warehouses. In the 1990s Divine services resumed in the synagogue. The temple has a museum of Jewish life and a kosher restaurant.
Church of Saint Elijah
Greek church of the early 20th century, located on the city embankment. Donations for the construction of the temple were collected slowly, so community representatives turned to the city authorities for a subsidy. The building was built in the Greco-Byzantine style and is decorated with arches, stained-glass windows and pilasters. During the years of Soviet power, the building fell into disrepair. Restoration work began in 2003.
Evpatoria Theater named after A. Pushkin
City Theatre, founded in 1910. The building was erected according to the project of architects A. Heinrich and P. Seferov in the neoclassical style. By grace and beauty it can be compared with the Odessa theater. F. Shayapin, K. Stanislavsky, E. Vakhtangov, A. Vertinsky, M. Savinai and other famous artists performed here at different times. After the last restoration, the auditorium was expanded to 900 seats.
Children's Theater "Golden Key"
The theater was opened in 1987 on the initiative of directors Oleg and Nina Permyakov. Today it has turned into a full-fledged cultural complex, where it will be interesting to visit viewers of all ages. The theater has creative studios, a photo club, the House of the Clown museum, a children's press center and a souvenir shop. Works by S. Ya. Marshak, A. de Saint-Exupery, K. I. Chukovsky, R. Kipling and other authors are regularly staged on the stage.
Contemporary art gallery "theHARASHO"
The gallery opened in 2007 in the building of the Golden Key Theatre. It exhibits works by independent artists and photographers, as well as works created by talented children in creative studios at the theater. During its existence, the gallery has organized more than 150 exhibitions of arts and crafts, painting, photography, small sculptures and children's drawings.
Evpatoria Museum of Local Lore
The museum was founded in 1921 for the purpose of preserving the cultural heritage and researching the ancient city of Kerkinitida, which existed on the site of modern Evpatoria from the 5th century BC. e. and up to the 2nd century. To date, the collection contains more than 80 thousand exhibits belonging to different historical eras. Next to the museum, under a glass pyramid, there are the ruins of ancient Kerkinitida, discovered as a result of archaeological excavations.
Museum of the History of the Crimean War
A branch of the Evpatoria Museum of Local Lore, whose exposition is completely devoted to the Crimean War of 1853-1856. The collection contains personal belongings of soldiers, awards, paintings, weapons and other items. With the help of an audio guide during the tour, you can learn a lot about the course of hostilities, key battles and memorable events of the campaign that took place in the vicinity of Evpatoria.
House of Wine
"House of Wine" combines an exposition dedicated to the history of winemaking in the Crimea, a tasting room and a shop. Here are wines of all famous brands of the peninsula: Novy Svet, Massandra, Solnechnaya Dolina, Koktebel, Inkerman, Zolotaya Balka and others. The choice of drinks is quite extensive. Guests are offered wine, champagne, cider, cognac and balsam. The collection of the museum contains antique exhibits.
Pharmacy-Museum "Old Marine Pharmacy"
The exposition is located in the building of a functioning pharmacy of the late 19th century, which once belonged to the pharmacist Rofa. The interior of the premises has survived to this day almost unchanged. There are rare pharmaceutical scales, a machine for making pills, flasks and test tubes where ready-made drugs were stored. The pharmacy-museum is the only institution of its kind on the territory of the peninsula.
Memorial complex "Red Hill"
A memorial complex dedicated to soldiers and civilians who died during the Great Patriotic War. During the German occupation of the Crimea in Evpatoria, more than 12 thousand people were killed as a result of mass executions. The memorial was erected in 1954 on the site of a mass grave. In 2008, it underwent a major reconstruction, as a result of which an entrance arch, a memorial plate and a square appeared.
The Central Park of Evpatoria, which begins at the embankment. Gorky. It is a vast recreational area with an abundance of green spaces, well-groomed flower beds and walking alleys. There are attractions for visitors, as well as sports and playgrounds. It will be interesting for children to visit the "City of Fairy Tales" located in the park, ride a pony or mini-locomotives.
A picturesque green garden, where more than 280 species of trees and shrubs grow - several varieties of maple, palm trees, plane trees, almonds, figs, acacia, berry yew and many other representatives of the flora. The arboretum is a real miracle and the fruit of the diligent work of the creators, since the clay and stony soils of Evpatoria are not well suited for such a lush plant diversity.
Park "Crimea in miniature"
A theme park where the main sights of Crimea are located on a reduced scale. All exhibits are made in the size of 1:25. Here you can see models of palaces, temples of various religious denominations, medieval fortresses and memorial monuments. On the territory of the peninsula there are several parks of this kind - in Alushta, Bakhchisarai, Simferopol and Evpatoria.
The zoo is home to about 200 species of exotic fauna - amphibians, reptiles, primates, birds and rodents. The conditions of keeping in the "Tropic Park" are close to natural, so the animals move freely around the spacious enclosures. Some of them roam freely among visitors. It is better to come to the zoo with the whole family, as children will get an unforgettable pleasure from communicating with the inhabitants of the exotarium.
The Dolphinarium opened in 1997. Since 2012, he moved to a modern building, where he is still located. This is a great place to relax with the whole family, communicate with dolphins and get positive emotions. During the tourist season, colorful shows and performances with the participation of dolphins and fur seals are organized in the dolphinarium. You can swim with these amazing animals in the "Steppe Harbor", located on Lake Donuzlav.
The aquarium is located in the park. Frunze in the central part of Evpatoria. It is a small oceanarium, where about 150 species of marine life live. The building of the aquarium consists of two floors. On the first one there are pools with fish, on the second one you can see crocodiles, iguanas and turtles. The interiors are decorated in the form of a fabulous underwater grotto.
Aqualand "At Lukomorye"
Water park, opened in Evpatoria in 2014. The design of its territory is based on the fairy tales of A.S. Pushkin. Here you can see familiar figures of bogatyrs, Baba Yaga, Chernomor, goldfish and other magical characters from childhood. The water park has several slides of varying difficulty, a play area for children and outdoor pools. The youngest visitors are looked after by a nanny-animator.
Aquapark "Banana Republic"
A water park designed in Latin American style, equipped with 25 slides, 8 swimming pools and sports fields. It is located 9 km from Evpatoria in the Saki district. For the convenience of visitors, recreation areas in the shade of exotic trees have been created. The territory of the water park is designed for a comfortable stay of 2.5 thousand people. It is one of the largest in the Crimea.
A reservoir located in the city of Evpatoria, the bottom of which consists of therapeutic mud. Once the lake was part of the Black Sea, but over time it was separated from the big water by a sandy spit. The healing properties of local mud were discovered in the 19th century. The first clinic was opened here in 1886 by doctors S.P. Tsetsenovsky and S.I. Khojash. From that moment, Evpatoria began to turn into a full-fledged medical resort.
Salt reservoir located to the east of Evpatoria right at the sea edge. The name of the lake is translated as "stinking mud". Such an unsightly name was given to the place in the XIV-XV centuries due to the unpleasant smell that filled the surroundings during the drying up of individual sections. Salt has been mined at Sasyk-Sivash since the time of Tauric Chersonesos. The lake has an unusual pink tint to the water due to the presence of a special type of algae in it.