Welcome to the map and guide of the cities, towns or places of interest around Crimea in Ukraine. Here you will find virtual tours and guides with 360° panoramas of various destinations linked to various Crimea maps.
Alongside each virtual tour and panorama is a Google map and some local and travel information to help you explore plan and your trip to Crimea and Ukraine. This growing guide of Crimea uses images and information provided by independent travellers, giving you the fuller picture of the various sights, hotels and attractions in Ukraine.
Crimea, fully known as the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, covers the Crimean Peninsula which extends from the southern edge of Ukraine into the Black Sea. The capital of the republic is Simferopol. The peninsula is connected to mainland Ukraine by a 5km wide neck of land, the Isthmus of Perekop. Much of the geography is semiarid prairie lands and steppes with a line of mountains rising abruptly from the Black Sea along the southern edge.
During Soviet times, after WWII, most of the indigenous Crimean Tatars were expelled from Crimea by Stalin and, following the collapse of the USSR they are beginning to return to their homeland.
Crimea - Travel and Tourism
The various ports and towns along the southern coast of Crimea were very popular among the ruling classes during Soviet times, and many of the large dachas still remain. This coast is still a popular tourist destination, lined with many picturesque beaches. The Crimean Riviera stretches along 200km of coastline from Foros and Cape Sarych in the south eastwards to Feodosiya. Along here lie the popular resorts of Alupka, Yalta, Gurzuf, Alushta and Sudak.
Crimea has a rich history stretching back thousands of years. Scattered throughout the peninsula are the remains of several bygone civilisations among the olive groves, fruit orchards and vineyards of the region. It is not uncommon to stumble upon yet another mosques, monastery, ruined temple or palace among the towns and fishing villages.
The Crimean mountains form a stunning backdrop to the southern coast, full of walking and cycling opportunities while scattered across the Crimean Steppes are numerous kurgans (burial mounds) of the ancient Scythians.
Some of the top attractions and places of interest in Crimea include:
Simferopol - occupied since Scynthian times, this is the capital of the republic on the outskirts of which is the ancient Neapolis and within which is the 16th century Kebir-Dzhami mosque.
Sevastopol - home to the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet this ancient city has the ruins of the Greek Chersonesos Taurica theatre, Black Sea Fleet Museum, Eduard Totleben Monument and Panorama Museum.
Kerch - located on the Kerch peninsula, an important tourist destination with a 2,600 year old history and considered one of the oldest cities in Ukraine in which are the ruins of the Greek city of Panticapaeum and the 8th century Church of St John the Baptist.
Yevpatoria - first built by the Greeks in the 5th century BC, this port town on the western coast is home to the 16th century Juma-Jami Mosque, St. Nicholas' the Miracle Worker Cathedral and Karaite Kenassa.
Feodosiya - founded in the 6th century BC by the Greeks, this port city is a very popular summer holiday destination surrounded by fine beaches.
Yalta - important holiday resort town with 2 blue-flag beaches with numerous museums, religious buildings and other attractions along the Yalta Sea Promenade (Naberezhnaya).
Dzhankoy - located in north Crimea it is important as a major land-based transport hub linking Crimea to the rest of Ukraine.
Bakhchysaray - built in narrow valley of the Çürük Suv with evidence of occupation since Mesolithic times, it contains the 16th century Hansaray palace, the only extant palace of the Crimean Khans.
Alushta - founded in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, this resort town lies on the souther Rivera and contains a Byzantine defensive tower and 15th-century Genoese fortress.
Livadia Palace - 19th century palace in Yalta and summer retreat of Nicholas II, the last Russian tsar.
Mount Mithridat - 90m high hill in Kerch on which is the Great Mithridates Staircase leading up to a panoramic viewpoint over the Straits of Kerch and Obelisk of Glory.
Kul-Oba - an ancient, Royal Scythian burial tumulus (kurgan) found near to Kerch dating from around 400BC.
Swallow's Nest - Neo-Gothic châteaux fantastique built near Yalta in 1912 on top of 40m high Aurora Cliff on the Tsar's Coastal Path near to Foros Church.
Chersonesus Taurica - ruins of an ancient Greek city found in the suburbs of Sevastopol, a popular tourist attraction and archaeological park.
Vorontsov Palace - found near Alupka in the Crimean Mountains this 18th century Tudor-style palace was built as a summer retreat for Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, it is one of the oldest and largest residential palaces in all of Crimea.