"The Nature Paradise" Sudak by om_212

Sudak Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 29 photos

a seaside resort on the east south of Crimea. a mild climate, beautiful nature and the longest bathing season (beginning of June +18C till mid-October +17C) makes Sudak a popular tourist destination.

Sugdeya, Surozh, Soldaya, Sudak

Sugdeya is believed to be founded by Alans, an Iranian language tribe, in the 2-3rd century (Sugda in Iranian means "Saint") as their main port. Having got a great geographical location, Sugdeya was a lucrative piece for the neighboring rulers who constantly had fought for it. the settlement has changed owners and names, passing from Byzantine empire (8th cent.) to Khazars (9th cent.), then to Kyivan Rus (9th cent) and Venetians (13th cent.). the latter turned it into the biggest trading center of their time. In 1365, the Genoese seized the city and rebuilt Sudak's landmark - the fortress, which still bears their name. after more than 300 years of Turkish rule (1475 - end of 18th cent.), Catherine II presented the place to her favorite, Prince Potyomkin, who tried to revive it by planting gardens and vineyards. after his death it has been divided into plots (dachas) for Russian nobility. Sudak got a status of the city only in 1979 (with population around 18,000).

Searching for a treelike juniper

Crimea is well-known for its picturesque scenery. while hiking from Sudak to Novyi Svet (7 km) one can see unique flora, including treelike juniper, a relic plant of Crimea, which can live up to 1000 and survives only in the areas with extremely clean air.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:increadible nature and climate
  • Cons:overpriced in summer, dead in other months, still in many ways Soviet infrustructure
  • In a nutshell:nature paradise
  • Last visit to Sudak: Jul 2009
  • Intro Updated Jul 6, 2009
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  • lotharlerch's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2007 at 4:36 AM

    I always thought (naive as I am) that the name means the fish but fist this fish does not live in salty water and second most topographic names on Crimea are not of Russian origin.

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