Odessa is a city on the shore of the Black Sea. Although it is a large seaport of the Ukraine, there has been created a sound resort atmosphere making it possible to have a good holiday. Also, there are many interesting historic sights in the city.
Odessa, notwithstanding its status of a major city, may also be considered a resort but only for lovers of club activities. If you plan a quiet vacation with children in the open, you should choose some other places.
So, Arcadia is the main resort area in Odessa. You should try and stay within walking distance of it. There you can find the best city beach of the same name, a good park, a great number of restaurants and even greater number of night clubs located along the shore. In the summer season all of them are full of pleasant people, so a holiday may be quite successful for the lovers of active club life.
Apart from Arcadia, you may single out the beaches Langeron and Otrada. They are also good sand beaches with a great number of restaurants and cafés, but less active night life. However, besides these three most famous beaches of Odessa, there are over a dozen other places where you may have a good holiday and swim.
All the most interesting sights of the city are rather compactly located in the neighborhood of the port and the Old Town of Odessa. If tourists will come to Odessa on a cruise ship, the first sight they will see is the Potemkin Stairs. It is a very big and beautiful stairway going down from the high embankment to the sea.
Having ascended the Potemkin Stairs, you will see one of the symbols of the city – the monument to the Duc de Richelieu, the founder of Odessa. He meets the guests of the city and with his outstretched hand as if invites them to continue their tour of Odessa. At the Duc you should turn left and proceed on the Primorsky Boulevard. It is a broad pedestrian boulevard stretching along the high bank. At the Archaeological Museum you should turn to Odessa Opera Theatre – one of the most beautiful theatres in the world.
From the Opera Theatre you should have a walk on the Deribasovskaya Street – the most famous street of Odessa and a have-to-visit place for all tourists. There are many cafés where you can sit and have a respite, and at the City Park, which gives directly on the Deribasovskaya Street, you may have a walk along quiet alleys, far from the city bustle.
From the Deribasovskaya Street you should return to the Potemkin Stairs and turn right there. On the Primorsky Boulevard you should continue to the Vorontsovsky palace and the Colonnade, and from there over the Teshchin Bridge you can reach the Shah`s palace. There remained the quarters with small narrow streets and old courtyards.