Dombay, Karachay-Cherkess Republic (Russia)
Dombay is the most famous ski resort and the center of mountaineering and tourism in the Caucasus. It is famous for its magnificent landscapes, trout lakes and narzan spring. This resort is located in Karachay-Cherkessia at the foot of the Main Caucasian Range in the Dombai Valley, which is part of the Teberdinsky State Reserve. In the mountains of Teberda and Dombay there are many waterfalls, high-mountain lakes formed after the retreating glacier at an altitude of 2690 meters and relict forests. Many hiking trails start from the Dombai Valley. From here to the top of Elbrus is 65 km.
In winter, the thickness of the snow cover in this area reaches two meters, and in some years even much more. The average temperature in the period from December to February at Dombay glade is -5 oC, on sunny days in February, the air temperature over the dazzling snowy slopes can reach +15-18 o C, which allows you to sunbathe and ski at the same time. Snow in the valleys falls in October-November, the snow cover sets in November, and melts around mid-April. Best time for skiing: December-April.
The Dombai Valley is located at an altitude of 1600 m above sea level, the mountains around it reach heights of 3000 – 4000 m. There are 18 trails of varying difficulty. There are 11 lifts: 5 chairlifts, pendulum-cable and 6 drag-towing. Tourists are offered 12 hotels.
Evpatoria, Crimea (Russia)
Evpatoria is located on the shore of the shallow Kalamitsky Bay. This resort has become widely known as a first-class climatic and balneological resort and a children’s health resort. The city is divided into three parts: the old city with winding streets, the new city with rows of high-rise buildings and the resort part.
The history of Evpatoria has more than 25 centuries. In the VI – V centuries. BC. in its place was the Greek city of Kerkenitida. Today you can see the ancient settlement with a necropolis, a chora and a port. 7 km west of Evpatoria there is another ancient settlement “Chaika”, where, along with amphoras, lamps, ceramics, two ancient masterpieces were found: a bronze figurine of a galloping Amazon and a limestone relief depicting a resting Hercules. A copy of the figurine is in the Evpatoria Museum of Local Lore. In the old part of the city you can find Karaite houses. They are distinguished by the elegance of carved ornaments of wooden parts, including inlaid patterns of walls and ceilings. Adam Mickiewicz, Alexander I and other famous people visited one of them. Among other sights of the city are the monastery of dervishes (XVI-XVIII centuries), the medieval Turkish bath (XVI century), the Juma-Jami mosque (XVI century), the Cathedral of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker (XIX century), the Armenian Church (XIX century.), St. Elias Church (beginning of the 20th century), house of S.E. Duvan, former mayor of Evpatoria.
Nature did not stint, endowing Evpatoria with magical properties to heal people’s ailments. Sanatorium institutions of this city have accumulated a unique experience in the treatment of various diseases, forming the largest mud and hydrotherapy resort in Europe. The main medical profile of the resort is diseases of the musculoskeletal system, respiratory organs (non-tuberculous), some gynecological diseases, consequences of injuries of the peripheral nervous system. In the vicinity of Evpatoria there are a number of salt lakes – estuaries, with mineralized water (brine) of various chemical composition. Of all the lakes, the large Moinak lake, located within the city, is used for medicinal purposes.
Sandy beaches and a smooth sandy bottom, gradually lowering from the coast, create in Evpatoria has excellent conditions for swimming not only for adults, but also for small children.
Yeysk, Krasnodar region (Russia)
According to Computerannals, Yeysk is a city on the coast of the Sea of Azov. It is the most remote point in the northwest of the Krasnodar Territory.
Favorable climate, smooth flat sandy bottom of the Taganrog Bay and the Yeysk estuary made this resort a convenient holiday destination for both adults and children. Yeysk is also a climatic and balneo-mud resort. On the seabed there are rich deposits of hydrocarbonate-sulfate and magnesium-calcium mud, which heal diseases of the heart and blood vessels, nerves and improve metabolism.
Yeysk is a very beautiful city, with straight streets leading to the sea, and neat houses, literally immersed in greenery in summer. Primorsky Boulevard stretches for several kilometers along the sea, one of the most picturesque places in the city. Main Attractions Yeysk – Museum. V. Samsonov, the memorial museum of I. Poddubny, St. Nicholas Church with unique wall paintings. Be sure to visit the Gostiny Dvor and the Yeysk market, striking with an abundance of southern fruits and Azov fish – the most delicious in the Kuban. Moreover, food prices for residents of the capitals and the middle lane will seem unrealistically low. In the evening you can spend time in numerous clubs or restaurants.
40 km south of Yeysk, along the coast, the Dolgaya Spit juts out deep into the sea.. This is the longest spit of the Sea of Azov, its length is 8 km, and its width is about 500 m. This unique landscape monument of the Krasnodar Territory separates the Taganrog Bay from the Sea of Azov. The spit is composed of sand and shell rock. There are numerous recreation centers that stand along the sandy beaches. It is believed that the water in the area of the Dolgaya Spit is the cleanest on the coast of the Sea of Azov. In addition to sandy beaches, this place is famous for its flora and fauna, as well as therapeutic mud, which has a healing and rejuvenating effect. Spit Dolgaya is the Mecca of Russian windsurfing. Here, not far from the village of Dolzhanskaya, there is an active recreation center where there is equipment rental, as well as a windsurfing school. Competitions in this sport are held on the spit.