Odessa is the third-largest city in the Ukraine. It is also an administrative centre of the Odessa Oblast. The city is located by the Black Sea, which magnetizes travellers from various destinations. Over 1,000,000 people live in the city. Some of the holidaymakers may be surprised, but the city has a short history as an independent city.
However, the area where the town is now located has a rich historical past. At the beginning it was a Greek settlement, and later it belonged to the Russian Empire and took part in the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917 during the Ukrainian-Soviet War. Unfortunately, even during the Second World War the Odessa citizens could not sleep well, as the city was also a part of military activities during those times. The events taken from the history books are also entered in the monuments, historical buildings and ordinary streets in the territory of the city, which are worth visiting and discovering the history of the city on your own.
The Potemkin Stairs – the symbolic gate to the city
A lot of cities have beautiful and enormous gates which have let the ancient visitors in to the city centre.
When it comes to Odessa, there is a famous and giant stairway. The stairs were designed to link the city centre with the harbour. There was a wood bridge located there before, but it was impractical so Italian architect Francesco Carlo Boffo designed the stairs in 1825. The stairs have quickly become famous and even 'played' in a film of Siergiej Elsenstein called Battleship Potemkin. In fact, the stairs have taken the name after the battleship. Today, there are 192 stairs and travellers who do not enjoy walking can choose the cable railway which is located to the left of the stairway.
The Vorontsov Lighthouse
It is a white and red lighthouse which is situated in the entrance of the harbour. It is 27 meters high and it is the third lighthouse in this place. The two previous were destroyed during the First and the Second World Wars. Today, travellers are able to visit the lighthouse, which was rebuilt after the Second World War. The name of the landmark was taken from the name of the governor of the Odessa region.
Entertainment in Odessa
Odessa is a city full of attractions dedicated to people who enjoy high culture. One of the places where the culture lover can go while being in Odessa is The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In this building the audience is able to experience the most breath-taking moments while watching the shows which are performed by talented and experienced artists from the Ukraine and other corners of the globe. The theatre is the oldest organization of its kind in Odessa. It was built in 1887, and it was the first building where the illumination was applied by an American company.
During a stay in Odessa, it is noteworthy to go inside the theatre and see the Italian Baroque-style ornaments, including the busts of important people of Ukraine and the region. The building is also a symbol of the city
- the Potemkin stairs and the theatre are calling cards of Odessa.
Odessa Airport [ODS]
Odessa Airport is an international airport in the south part of Ukraine, near the Black Sea. It is the third
-biggest airport after Kiev and Lviv in this country. The airport has been open since 1961 but since May 2007 the airport has been recognized as one of the most innovative airports in Ukraine. One of the significant features of the airport is the fact that the airport is not only dedicated to travellers who use it to travel to far-away destinations but also for business or pleasure purposes.
The Ukrainian Air Force also makes use of the airport. The airport staff served over 860,000 passengers last year. They decided to travel to various destinations choosing the best known airlines. Some of them could also visit the city centre, which is located only 7 kilometres (4,3 miles) from Odessa International Airport.
At the Airport
Holidaymakers who make a decision to fly from Odessa Airport will notice one terminal. However, it is huge enough to fit in banks, exchange offices, a luggage room, lots of shops and a car company. What is more, travellers who want to have a rest before their flight have an opportunity to make use of a VIP lounge. It is a special place where passengers can take a nap, have a shower, read some magazines, surf the Internet and even pray in the chapel. Outside the terminal, travellers will find a spacious car park.
Where to go From the Odessa Airport?
At the Odessa Airport, holidaymakers will have an opportunity to use the services of fourteen different airlines. The majority of them are well-known; for example, LOT Polish Airlines, Flydubai, Austrian Airlines and many more. The airlines provide domestic and international flights in three categories: regular (non-stop scheduled flight), seasonal (the flights are available only during certain times, for example, in summer holidays – June, July and August) and seasonal charters (the planes are rented by the travel agencies). Some of the most popular destinations chosen by holidaymakers are Moscow, Kiev and Warsaw. During the summertime, at the departure and arrival board, you are able to notice some well-known seaside resorts, for instance, Barcelona, Sharm El-sheikh, Haraklion, Thessaloniki and more.
To the City Centre
The Odessa Airport is located quite close to the city centre – it is only 7 kilometres (4,3 miles) away. Three ways are provided to get to the Odessa city center in a quick way. They are buses, minibuses and taxis. The buses and minibuses leave the airport every 30 minutes, and the journey to the city center lasts about 30 minutes. When it comes to buses, two lines are provided – numbers 117 and 129. The first bus leaves at 7 in the morning and the last bus goes at 8 in the evening. The taxi is more flexible for travellers because the taxi rink is right next to the terminal. The journey is much shorter in comparison to the buses. It lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. What is more, the taxi driver will help you to get to the right address and not get lost in the city.
Odessa is a city located in Ukraine by the Black Sea. It is full of interesting places noteworthy to visit. It is also a great destination where you can spend the beach holidays. The accommodation which can be found in the city is tailored for every traveller. There are luxurious and extremely expensive hotels as well as inexpensive rooms in small guest houses which will make happy the guests who prefer cheaper stay.
By the Black Sea
The majority of tourists travel to Odessa to relax and enjoy the sunny weather and warm sea. As an outcome, there are numerous hotels and guest houses which are located close to coastline. The accommodation which is available for the tourists includes the most expensive hotels (such as 4 or 5-star hotels) as well as inexpensive guest houses. The price for one night start from $12. However, the spots are usually located about 2 kilometres from beach so you need to take a bus or walk.
However, if you dream of staying in a beach hotel which is located right next to beach, there is one hotel which will meet the expectations of the most demanding customers. It is called Nemo Hotel and it is located at the beach. The guests of the hotel have only access to the beach. What is more, the majority of rooms overlooking the sea. The hotel is full of various facilities, such as indoor and outdoor swimming pool, high quality restaurant where is served international cuisine, fitness center with gym, hot tube, free of charges Wi-Fi and a lot more. The rooms are also prepared for the guests who expect a little more from the hotel room. All the rooms are air-conditioned, have minibar and refrigerator.
Close to tourist attractions
Odessa is also popular destination where plenty tourist attractions are provided. The unusual museums and monuments attract lots of visitors from different corners of the world. Fortunately, in Odessa is located accommodation situated close to Potemkin stairs and The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. There are usually located low cost hostels and expensive hotels as well. It all depends on your budget. The hostels provide basic facilities such as breakfasts in the morning.
The low cost accommodation in Odessa
In Odessa you are able to spend the cheapest holidays in your life. There are plenty of places where you can spend your holiday and do not pay more than $30 per one night. If you set the price range to maximum of $30, you will find more than five hundred different places to stay. The largest number of them are holiday rentals (more than 200), speciality lodging (about 200), B&B Inns (about 100) and hotels (less than 100). The rooms which are provided to the tourists are usually small but cosy and practical. There are located flat screen TV and spacious wardrobe which is suitable for two people. The rooms are usually designed for two or three people. The staff can communicated in English and they are happy to provide some basic information about the main tourist attractions as well as public transport in the city.
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