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CNN Sings the Praises of Ukraine’s Black Sea Coast

27. January 2011 by Christy 0 Comments

Planning a romantic visit with a special lady in Ukraine? Why not take her to the Black Sea Coast, a destination CNN calls the “Russians’ best kept travel secret.”


According to data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), Ukraine is the 12th most popular destination in the world. In 2009, 20.7 million visitors enjoyed the country’s cultural and historical wonders. However, the majority of travelers come from Russia as globe trotters outside of the FSU are unaware of the nation’s charms. For now, anyway.


"The Black Sea coast is easily as good as the Mediterranean, but far fewer people seem know about it,” said Oksana Yakovenko of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation. “At least for the time being,"

Here are a few Black Sea Coast recommendations from CNN and Lonely Planet travel writer Greg Bloom (places we’ve also suggested to our members).


Livadia Palace, Yalta

Nominated as a Monument of Modern History by Ukraine’s 10 Wonders Project, Livadia Palace is an important edifice in Ukrainian history. According to Bloom, it's "where the last of the Romanovs frolicked and where Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill met in 1945 to shape the post-war world.” Click to meet ladies from Yalta.


Swallow’s Nest, Yalta

One of the most popular tourist attractions along the Black Sea Coast is Swallow's Nest Castle, a beautiful seaside castle perched atop the 40-meter high Aurora cliff. Swallow's Nest is also one of Ukraine's most popular spots for wedding proposals.


Secret Nuclear Submarine Factory, Balaklava

Nestled in the seaside hills of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, the city of Balaklava holds within it a secret that has become a monument to 20th-century history: an underground military facility that served as base for nuclear submarines during the cold war.


Chersonesos Taurica, Sevastopol

Founded 2,500 years ago, Chersoneous Taurica is an ancient Greek colony on the outskirts of what is now Sevastopol. The site is known as the “Ukrainian Pompeii,” and here visitors can see the remains of a Roman amphitheater, a Greek temple, and ancient wine. Click to meet ladies from Sevastopol.

See CNN’s article to learn about other Black Sea Coast attractions or check out our Best of Ukraine category for recommendations covering the entire country. Happy traveling!