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The Southern Palmira

The Southern Palmira, the Black Sea Pearl, the small Paris, all these names have been attributed to Odesa.

According to European standards, Odesa is a relatively a young city. Founded in 1794 by Catharine II, when she decided that Russia needs a Black Sea port to gain the access to Europe.

Prior to that, the territory had been inhabited by Greeks (4 cent. BC), then Crimean Tatars and later by Turks, who named it Khadjebei and built here a Yeni Dunya fortress.

Khadjebei was captured in 1789 under the command of Jose de Ribas, a Spaniard who became a Russian admiral and played a major part in the victory. Later Jose de Ribas, one of the founders and the first governor of Odessa, is aknowledged by the most prominent street through the heart of Odessa - Deribasovskaya Street.

Thanks to favorable geographical location and talented city administrators, like Risheliu, Vorontsov and others, Odesa quickly developed into a trade and industrial center. By its centennial anniversary Odesa become one of four major cities of the Russian Empire, along with St. Petersburg, Moscow and Warsaw.

The two world wars and the soviet time had its negative toll on Odessa?s development, but the city is catching up. Lengthy sandy beaches, vibrant night life and excellent restaurant scene make the city a major tourist attraction.

The Ultimate Summer Time Destination

Vibrant night life and an excellent restaurant scene make Odesa a major tourist summer destination. Lengthy golden sand beaches of Dristrovsky estuary (to the west from Odesa, in Belgorod-Dnistrovsky direction) are definately the best in Ukraine.

A Gourmet Paradise

A density and variety of restaurants on and off Deribassovskaya, the Odessa central street, blows your mind and waters your mouth ( diversity and reasonable prices makes Kyivite and tourists). Steakhouse, we have passed by a Turkish Restarant, Irish Pub, Yokohamma (Japanese and Tai), Ukrainian "Lasunka" and 'Kampot," a Caribbean "Fidel" and numerous street cafes. places get full very quickly and even off the season. so come early or make your reservation in advance.

  • Last visit to Odessa: Sep 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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