Crimea with its healing mild climate, beautiful and rich nature and endless seaside has been the top vacation spot for many generations of Ukraine’s and nearby countries’ inhabitants. During the Soviet era, many health centers were built throughout the peninsula. Crimean health resorts are popular among many visitors. New luxurious SPAs and hotels for wealthy vacationers have been popping up in Crimea over the past decade. The most craved for destination is the South Coast of Crimea which is home to the most popular resorts in Yalta, Sudak, Koktebel, Alushta and others.
Surrounded by hills, Yalta resort attracts many people with its mild climate, beautiful nature and touristy vibe. One of the most popular Crimean tourist attractions, the Swallow’s Nest, is a neo-gothic decorative white-stone castle, perched on a cliff near Yalta.
Other outstanding places of interest in Crimea are Livadia Palace and the Vorontsovskyi Palace and grounds. Livadia Palace was once a summer residence of the Russian imperial family. Vorontsovskyi Palace and grounds belonged to the local general-governor Count Vorontsov. The palace which is the mixture of English and eastern style architectural elements, was turned into a museum during the Soviet time.