Cheap Flights to Simferopol
Simferopol is the gateway to Crimea, the peninsula which stretches into the Black Sea, with both sandy and pebble beaches. It is an area steeped in history, so there are lots of places to explore for the intrepid traveller. It is also a wine-growing region with lots of different wines to try.
Travellers don't have to leave the town to taste the wines. One vineyard which has been producing delicious wine for over 100 years, Massandra vineyard, has cellars in the town, where you can taste the wine. If you enjoy being underground, head to the Marble Caves, not far from the city. If you prefer to look at the stars, you will love the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory. Here you can use their powerful telescopes to look up at the stars.
Simferopol may not appear to be an ancient city, but the area has been inhabited since the 3rd Century B.C.. It was originally a Scythian settlement called Neopolis. Later, it became under the control of Crimean Khanate. In 1784, it became part of the Russian Empire. Today, it is the gateway for the many tourists to Crimea, many of whom travel on the longest trolleybus line in the world (94 kilometres) which links Simferopol to Yalta.
Things to do
Apart from the beaches which may beckon you, there are lots of other things to do in Simferopol, so there won't be a dull moment during your visit.
These caves, which are not far from the town, are considered by some to be one of the most beautiful cave systems in the world. The cave tour takes you through several chambers, including one which has a stalactite 'forest'. The caves are 34 kilometres away from the city.
Crimean Astrophysical Observatory
This observatory, which welcomes visitors, has discovered over 14 minor planets. Travellers here will have the opportunity to look at the stars using the powerful telescopes. Doors open after 7 p.m. and the observatory is 34 km from the city near the town of Nauchnyi.
Savour some Crimean Wine
Crimea is a wine-growing region and there are lots of wines to try, some are unavailable outside the area. Massandra wine is one of the better-known wines. It has been produced for over 110 years. Novyi Svit, which is on the coast, produces a sparkling wine.
Calendar of Events
As with most holiday destinations, a majority of events in and around Simferopol are clustered around the summer period.
Festival of Tartar Culture. This region is the home of the Crimean Tartars. This festival is held annually on 20 May and travellers will see parades and have an opportunity to taste some tradition Tartar dishes.
International Jazz Festival. This lively jazz festival is held annually in August, with some concerts held on the beach.
Simferopol Day. On 4th June, the city celebrates its founding day. Travellers visiting the city then will see several parades, outdoor concerts and a real party atmosphere in the city. It is a date not to be missed.