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Odessa Travel Guide

Odessa is a big city-port located in the south of Ukraine. It lies at the Black Sea sOdessa. Old buildinghore and is famous for the combination of beauty and economical power. Odessa is a big industrial city with about 1 million inhabitants, but in the same time it is a great resort with sunny beaches, warm sea and a special way of life.

Numerous historical places attract a lot of tourists to Odessa each year. Buildings with magnificent architecture and lightness of forms, wide streets of Odessa city make the tourist feel the wellness and richness of the city. It seams that sun never leaves Odessa city. The small yards (you will find a lot of them) with its own life and kind people make a very special atmosphere.

For its beauty and location Odessa is called the pearl of the Black Sea. Tourists will find a lot of hotels and restaurants located at the seaside. If you prefer to rent private apartment you may be assisted by on of real estate agencies which are always ready to offer you a nice apartment at a good price.

Odessa climate is famous by its softness and the abundance of sunny days. An original regulator of climatic conditions is Black Sea - it weakens heat in the summer and softens frosts in the winter. The combination of a sea and steppe climate, the warm sea, fine beaches, a plenty of sunny days an Beaches of Odessaabundance of fruit and vegetables - all this creates here exclusive conditions for rest, tourism and strengthening of health of people.

In summer thank to breezes, even in hot days you don't feel heat of the nearby steppes. The cultivate dirt of estuaries and mineral sources attract to Odessa a lot of visitors. Odessa resort is stretched on ten kilometers along the coast of the Black Sea. One of the most popular entertainment summer arias in Odessa is Arcadia, which is situated on the coast of the sea and includes a lot of night clubs, famous beaches and places for summer activities.

On the coast of Odessa you can find such beaches as: Luzanovka, Lanzheron, The Joy, The Dolphin, the group of beaches of Big Fountain, Chernomorka and others. You also can visit very famous beach "the Gold Coast", it is a luxurious beach with soft white sand, small cafes where you can sit in the shadows of the tents, drinking cold ice beverages and watching the waves, playing around the berth. The increasing popularity is won with a new resort zone Carolina-Bugaz, Zatoka. In the summer about 100 bases of rest the Resort here operates to be in 60 kilometers on the South from Odessa.

Odessa is also well known for the beauty of its parks can find desired Odessa. Theatre of opera and balletcoolness under the leaves of age-old trees. From the first of May the citizens of Odessa Ukraine begin the tradition of the pick nicks on the nature beside the sea. The tradition to have pick nicks at first days of May is very popular in Ukraine. Travel to Odessa and enjoy the beauty of this wonderful Ukrainian resort. Even during a short trip you will see that it is real Pearl of the Black Sea.

Use Odessa guide to plan you travel to Ukraine and Odessa city tour. The most interesting attractions of Odessa are listed below.

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Odessa and the Black Sea
Architecture of Odessa
Odessa at night
Sunset in Odessa

  1. Vorontsov Palace in Odessa

    Vorontsov Palace in Odessa

    Vorontsov Palace, located in Odessa on the Primorsky Boulevard, is the monument of architecture of the early XIX century. It was built on the edge of the seaside hill, on the place of the former Turkish fortress Hadzhibey in 1827 by architect F.K. Baffo

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  2. Alexander Avenue in Odessa

    Alexander Avenue in Odessa

    Alexander Avenue (Alexander Prospect) is one of the central streets of Odessa. However the avenue is not a popular place for walking, it has a very interesting history and there are a large number of monuments.Alexander Avenue is a long street with lots

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  3. April Fool's Day in Odessa. 1st of April The Day of Humor in Odessa

    April Fool's Day in Odessa. 1st of April The Day of Humor in Odessa

    The 1st of April (April Fool's Day)– this day doesn’t belong to any holiday or significant date but one can refer it to the international one because of its popularity in Russia, Ukraine, Germany, England, France, on the Scandinavian

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  4. Primorsky Boulevard in Odessa

    Primorsky Boulevard in Odessa

    Primorsky Boulevard is one of the main streets of Odessa and the favorite walking place equally with Deribasovskaya Street. Here is situated the monument to Duke de Richelieu, gun of frigate "Tiger", City Hall, monument to Pushkin, Vorontsov Palace and

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  5. Potemkin Stairs in Odessa

    Potemkin Stairs in Odessa

    Potemkin Stairs are the famous stairs in Odessa, connecting the center of the city with the port and seaport buildings. They were named in honor of the masterpiece of world cinema, the movie "Battleship Potemkin". In 2007 Potemkin Stairs were recognized

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  6. Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater

    Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater

    The building of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre is one of the greatest architectural monuments of Ukraine and one of the most beautiful theaters in the world. Opera is a real jewel of Odessa, which worthy enters the list of the Seven Wonders of

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  7. Greek Square in Odessa

    Greek Square in Odessa

    Greek Square is located in the very heart of Odessa and adjacent to Deribasovskaya Street. This square is the largest and central in the city. It has the shape of the oblong rectangle and is paved with the granite tile. There are several flower beds, two

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  8. Deribasovskaya Street in Odessa

    Deribasovskaya Street in Odessa

    Deribasovskaya Street is one of the main streets of Odessa as well as the attraction of the city. Its pavement is of stone blocks, and the most of the street is just walking and completely closed to traffic. The first built in Odessa Park is adjacent to

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  9. Colonnade of the Vorontsov Palace

    Colonnade of the Vorontsov Palace

    The majestic colonnade, located on the amazing beauty step socle in front of the Vorontsov Palace at the Primorsky Boulevard at the edge of the ledge, emphasizes the idea of austerity and majesty, which reigned in times of the influence of the Empire

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  10. Odessa port

    Odessa port

    Odessa sea port is located on the Black Sea coast in the Gulf of Odessa. It is a major trading port of international importance; it has one of the largest passenger terminals in Europe and is regarded as the main cruise port in Ukraine. Port includes

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  11. Odessa Catacombs

    Odessa Catacombs

    Odessa Catacombs is a network of underground tunnels and labyrinths, located near Odessa. Most of them are the former stone quarries, where was produced the building stone, limestone, used for construction of urban buildings. According to recent data,

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  12. Odessa Cathedral. Odessa Transfiguration Church

    Odessa Cathedral. Odessa Transfiguration Church

    Odessa Cathedral, aka Odessa Transfiguration Church, is the largest Orthodox Church in Odessa, laid down in 1794, consecrated in 1808, destroyed in 1936, re-consecrated after the restoration in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2010. Orthodox Cathedral is located in

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  13. City Garden in Odessa

    City Garden in Odessa

    City Garden in Odessa is located in the heart of the city, on the Deribasovskaya Street. It was founded by the brothers de Ribas in 1803 and completely gratuitously presented to the city. From 2006 to 2007, the City Garden was under restoration. The

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  14. Monument to Duke de Richelieu in Odessa

    Monument to Duke de Richelieu in Odessa

    Monument to Duke de Richelieu, located in Odessa on the Primorsky Boulevard, is a bronze statue of a full-length dedicated to Armand Emmanuel du Plessis, Duke de Richelieu, who made a solid contribution to the development of the city. The monument is

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  15. Passages of Odessa

    Passages of Odessa

    The word “passage” means “roofed gallery with a number of stores which have access to the parallel streets”. At the beginning of last century there were about a dozen passages in Odessa, nowadays most of them are no longer valid.

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  16. Odessa Zoo

    Odessa Zoo

    Odessa Zoo, which met the first visitors in 1938, is located in the center of the city, near the famous Odessa market “Privoz”. The idea of creating a zoo first appeared in 1889, but the embodiment of this idea has not happened. In 1914

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  17. St. Panteleimon Cathedral in Odessa

    St. Panteleimon Cathedral in Odessa

    For the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Odessa there was given the official permission by Synod for the construction of Athos town church, and already on May 9, 1893 it was founded the construction of the temple. It had lasted only for three

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  18. Wall-House in Odessa

    Wall-House in Odessa

    Architectural structure with the name of “wall-house” is a unique building. At first glance one can think that this is the most common dwelling house, but from one side it looks entirely different. There is a visual illusion: it seems that

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  19. Mother-in-law’s Bridge (Teshchin Bridge) in Odessa

    Mother-in-law’s Bridge (Teshchin Bridge) in Odessa

    Mother-in-law’s Bridge is a large pedestrian bridge in Odessa. It was built in 1969, made by architect Vladimirsky. The bridge passes over the Military Descent and connects Primorsky Boulevard with M. Zhvanetsky Boulevard. Initially the project was

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  20. Monument “To Sailor's Wife” in Odessa

    Monument “To Sailor's Wife” in Odessa

    September 2, 2002, within the celebration of the day of the city, there was opened the monument “To Sailor’s Wife” in Odessa Sea Port. The monument depicts a woman standing on the balcony floor, holding a baby in her arms and gazing

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  21. Odessa Holy Assumption Monastery

    Odessa Holy Assumption Monastery

    The history of the origin of Odessa Holy Assumption Monastery is associated with the name of Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia, Gabriel. In 1814 he founded the bishop's courtyard on the lands, which were donated by the Moldavian nobleman Alexander Teutul.

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  22. City Council in Odessa

    City Council in Odessa

    The building of the Odessa City Council (City Duma), the previous place of Stock Exchange, is one of the most beautiful buildings in Odessa. City Council is situated on the Primorsky Boulevard. In front of it there is a small square with a monument to

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  23. Monument to Catherine II in Odessa

    Monument to Catherine II in Odessa

    Monument to Catherine the Great and her companions - the founders of Odessa - de Ribas, de Volan, Zubov and Potemkin rises at Ekaterininskaya Square in Odessa. It was erected in 1900, but 20 years later, in 1920, dismantled. The restoration of the

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  24. Pushkin Street in Odessa

    Pushkin Street in Odessa

    The Pushkin Street appeared on the map of Odessa city in 1827, although the street acquired its final name on June 25, 1880. The street is famous and named due to the fact that the Great Russian writer and poet, Alexander Pushkin, has lived and worked

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  25. Seaport Buildings in Odessa

    Seaport Buildings in Odessa

    The architects of the seaport buildings, the largest and most modern in Ukraine based on the new pier in 1968, were V. Golovin and V. Kremlyakov. The seaport buildings are located under the Primorsky Boulevard from which there go the Potemkin Stairs and

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  26. Monument to Vorontsov in Odessa

    Monument to Vorontsov in Odessa

    After the death of Mikhail Semenovich Vorontsov the Count M.D. Tolstoy has made an offer to open the monument to His Serene Highness. The idea was endorsed by the Emperor Alexander II, who first made a donation of his personal funds for the erection of

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  27. Orange Monument in Odessa

    Orange Monument in Odessa

    The Monument to Orange, is a bronze monument, situated in the Shvanetsky Boulevard. The monument is devoted to one of the historical events, to 3000 fresh oranges, which have been donated the Russian emperor Paul I and have been brought from an Odessa&rsq

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  28. Monument to Leonid Utesov in Odessa

    Monument to Leonid Utesov in Odessa

    Monument to Leonid Utesov, the famous Odessan performer and artist, stands in the heart of Odessa in the City Garden, located in the Deribasovskaya Street, the central street of the city. Its solemn opening took place on September 2nd , 2000 and was

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  29. Monument to Sergey Utochkin in Odessa

    Monument to Sergey Utochkin in Odessa

    Monument to Sergey Isayevich Utochkin, the famous sportsman, motorcyclist and aviator, the conqueror of “the fifth ocean”, is situated in the heart of Odessa, in the Deribasovskaya Street, in the City Garden at the entrance to the cinema &ldqu

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  30. Pushkin Monument in Odessa

    Pushkin Monument in Odessa

    The Monument to the genius of Russian literature Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin is situated on the Primorsky Boulevard of Odessa, in front of the building of the Odessa City Council (City Duma). The poet spent 13 months in this beautiful city. There are

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  31. Monument to The Twelfth Chair in Odessa

    Monument to The Twelfth Chair in Odessa

    The Monument to The Twelfth Chair in Odessa, devoted to Ilf and Petrov, famous authors of the novel “Twelve Chairs”, is situated in Odessa, in the heart of the city, in the City Garden, on the Deribasovskaya Street. Its solemn opening took

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  32. Greek St. Trinity Church in Odessa

    Greek St. Trinity Church in Odessa

    Greek St. Trinity Church (Svyato-Troitskaya Church), also known as St. Trinity Cathedral or Troitsky Cathedral, is an Orthodox church of the Odessa Eparchy of the Moscow Patriarchy. Since January 2006 the church was called “Svyato-Troitsky

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  33. The Gun on Primorsky Boulevard

    The Gun on Primorsky Boulevard

    Monument “The Gun on Primorsky Boulevard” is dedicated to the successful repelling of an attack on Odessa during the Crimean War. The grand opening of the monument took place in 1904. In 1854, during the Crimean War, Odessa had been

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  34. 10 Best Hotels in Odessa

    10 Best Hotels in Odessa

    We bring to your notice Top-10 best hotels of Odessa in 2011. The top list was formed by the Odessa Ukraine Hotel Reservation System. Over 5000 tourists took part in the polling. The hotels were evaluated in 5 positions: quality of hotel rooms, hotel

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  35. Top 10 Places to see in Odessa

    Top 10 Places to see in Odessa

    What to see in Odessa? What place should be given the most attention when you visit Odessa during Euro 2012? We present our ranking of the best attractions in Odessa done by ua-traveling. The "Pearl of the Black Sea" Odessa is located on the south-west

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  36. New Year 2012 in Odessa

    New Year 2012 in Odessa

    New Year rush has already started in Odessa. That makes no matter whom are you waiting for the New Year's Eve – Ded Moroz, Santa Claus or Joulupukki - a variety of Christmas programs in Odessa will not leave you without a gift. The list of

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