Travel information about Koktebel in the Crimea
The Koktebel village is located in the Eastern part of the Crimea Peninsula, at the foot of the damped volcano Kara-Dag, in a cozy Bay (Koktebel on the map of the Crimea). Administratively it belongs to the Great Theodosius, the distance to Feodosiya is 25 km away.
The name of the village Crimean Tatar. According to one version, it sounds like "edge of grey-blue hills", the other "gray horse, marked with a star on the forehead." Few Tatars have inhabited the village since the Foundation. Gradually, the composition of the population changed, now there are about 3 thousand people, mostly Russians and Ukrainians.
From the end of XIX century Koktebel known as a resort and place of pilgrimage of the Russian intelligentsia. Important role in popularization of Koktebel played the artist and poet Maximilian Voloshin, in the country of which every summer was visited by the famous figures of culture. Since the death of Voloshin to the present day the former summer residence accepts writers and tourists, there is a creativity House and Museum.
In Koktebel several beaches along the same coastline. They are all pebbly, but with a sandy bottom. Due to the large influx of tourists they aren't the cleanest, but they are constantly groomed and clean. On the outskirts of town is the famous nudist beach a couple of kilometers from the center of a lovely sandy beach in a Quiet Bay.
The resort is also attractive and active recreation. You can rent a kayak or canoe, water Bicycle, Windsurfing, fishing or a boat trip in the reserve Karadag and to the Golden gate. You can also go on a trekking trip in the reserve or nearby hills. Attractive Koktebel and for people keen on gliding, paragliding and hang gliding. Ideal conditions for these sports creates the Klementyev mountain, steep slope which faces the village. Those wishing to scuba diving can learn a new lesson at the diving Centre at the base "Surf".
Children and adults enjoy visiting the water Park and Dolphinarium. In the village of three berths, with any of them, you can go fishing or sightseeing. In Koktebel became a tradition to hold annual festivals of the various ethnic and jazz music, Argentine tango, art-festival "MAMAKABO".
Also come here to improve their health, people with diseases of lungs, nervous system. Improving the General condition is due to the unique composition of the air, which mixed air masses from the mountains, steppes and the sea. Located in the Eastern part of the Bay the Cape Chameleon is rich in the deposits of blue clay, used in the treatment of skin diseases. The largest resorts of Koktebel – "Blue Bay" and "Primorye".
The tourist infrastructure in the village developed perfectly. There is a beautiful promenade, which is a touristic centre with lots of cafes and restaurants, tourist attractions and souvenir shops. Night life in Koktebel presented several night clubs and late night restaurants. But fans of electronic dance music will be disappointed, such discos here.
The whole business in Koktebel built on tourism, so finding accommodation is not a problem. The choice is very wide: boarding houses, resorts, hotels, luxury hotels, mini-resorts, guest houses, manors and villas. There are several camping and you can relax in your tent is not being spent on housing.
Shopping in Koktebel underdeveloped. There is only one shopping center "Sargan" (aka "fora") where you can buy the most necessary. But for real shopping you will have to go to Feodosia, it is easy to do by local bus.
- A Monument To Voloshin
- The house-Museum of Voloshin
- On the beach of Koktebel are children playing
- And near rest nudists
Who are tired on the beach
wandering around the area
- And with the children on the carousel...
- or to the water Park
Weather, tourist seasons in Koktebel
High tourist season here lasts from July but September though to come and swim in June. The first tourists come here during the may holidays to open the season. And although you can swim in may dare not everyone in the sun is already possible.
September is traditionally the velvet season. In the first days of September the number of tourists goes down, prices fall. Cafes and restaurants work till the last day of the month.
Seasons in Koktebel months, when is the best time to go
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Weather in Koktebel and forecast
Attractions in Koktebel
In Koktebel not very many attractions. For something interesting you need to go on tours, which is not difficult on the streets and in travel agencies. You can also go to Feodosia (Feodosiya, see the sights) on a commuter bus. If you love Hiking, you can go Hiking, visit the Karadag nature reserve, take a boat trip to the "Golden gate", a ride on horseback. Entertainment in Koktebel somewhat better, there's quite a lot, including for children.
The Karadag nature reserve
The Resort is located the headquarters of the Karadag nature reserve - biological station, where guests can take guided Hiking tours. For those who do not want to walk a lot, with the Marina village organized excursions by boat along the shores of the reserve, including to one of the symbols of the Crimea – the island-rock "Golden gate". Read more about the Karadag nature reserve here...
The house-Museum of poet and artist Maximilian Voloshin
Although Voloshin lived and worked in the early 20th century, the modern resort of Koktebel owe a lot to him. He made the Koktebel center of the Bohemians and intellectuals. Being an artist and a naturist, he was invited to visit with artists from all over the Crimea, and even formed a kind of brotherhood.
House Museum, built in 1913 and today open as a Museum. The exhibition contains the work of Voloshin as a landscape painter. On the first floor of the Museum hosted a literary exposition telling about life of the poet. The second floor is a memorial, located in the pristine workshop Voloshin.
The Museum can be visited independently, with a guide, in the form of a private tour.
Working time: from 10:00 to 18:00, Break from 13:00 to 14:00. Closed Mondays
Entrance fee: depending on the selected program visits to 20 rubles to 150
How to get there: the Museum is located right on the waterfront of Koktebel (the Museum on the map)
The Hill Junge
It is a small hill on the shore on the Eastern outskirts of the city. Look at the hill, nothing special, but it can climb and take some pictures of the beach from a height. At the foot of the hill begins a nudist beach.
The name of the hill was named after Professor Jung, the founder of the estate Koktebel. At the base of a hill buried him and his family.
Hours: around the clock
Entrance fee: free
How to get there: walk along the promenade to the end of the beach towards a Quiet Bay (the hill on the map)
The Grave Of Voloshin
According to the last will of Maximilian Voloshin, it was buried on top of the mountain Kuchuk-Enishar in the vicinity of the village. Anyone can walk into this place, which will take a couple of hours.
Even if you're not interested in creativity Voloshin, the walk will still seem interesting. Besides, from the top of the mountain where the grave is, offering wonderful views of Koktebel and the valley.
Hours: around the clock, visit better day
Entrance fee: free
How to reach: to reach the grave. (the grave on the map). The route is not difficult, accessible to everyone, but it is better to stock up on a map or Navigator. The locals will gladly tell you the route.
Water Park Koktebel
Have fun at the local water Park come not only visitors to the village, but come from Feodosiya and other neighboring resorts. This is not surprising, because it is the newest of the water parks of Crimea. Unfortunately, the prices are quite high, all services are paid, including Parking, use of locker, etc, before visiting specify at the checkout whether all the rides work, because sometimes a considerable part of them is closed.
Hours: daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Open only in high season, usually open from 1 June. Accurate information on work is available on the website.
Entrance fee: adult – 1200 rubles, for children (the height below 130cm.) – 800 roubles. Parking – 300 roubles. In the afternoon after 14 hours of discount on the entrance 200 rubles. When you buy tickets from distributors on the street the price is cheaper.
How to get there: to get to the water Park from almost anywhere Koktebel on foot. It is located at the address Lenina str., 112 (a water Park on the map)
In the Dolphinarium daily runs two shows at 11:00 and 15:00. But beyond simply watching the performance, you can also swim with dolphins and Beluga whales for an additional fee. The views are gorgeous and "real" that kids will absolutely love it. Of the minuses, perhaps, only a bit high price.
Hours: the Dolphinarium is open only in high season. The performances take place twice a day at 11:00 and 15:00 except Monday
Entrance fee: 700 rubles for adults and 300 children (6 to 12 years). Children under 6 years free without extra bed
How to get there: the Dolphinarium is easily accessible on foot from anywhere in Koktebel. Located right on the quay at St. Marine, 77 (Dolphinarium on the map)
Here, many individual aquariums feature marine life of the Black sea, freshwater bodies of Crimea and the exotic inhabitants of other parts of the world. Don't expect to see one large aquarium, all the inhabitants are each in a separate small aquarium, but overall quite interesting and informative. Children will definitely enjoy.
Working time: from 08:00 to 22:00
Entrance fees: adult 250 rubles , 200 rubles for children (from 3 to 12 years)
How to get there: the aquarium is located near the Dolphinarium and water Park (aquarium on the map)
Dinotherium and the bird Park
In our opinion this is one of the most interesting entertainment in the village. In the Park there is a Labyrinth of time, the Paleontological pavilion Bird pavilion, sundial of the universe of August Hertz.
In ornithological pavilion contains no cells of a variety of exotic birds, and they can communicate very close, even touch and feed.
In the paleontological pavilion will tell You about the animal world of the planet, tour assistance entering the price of admission. You will see a dinosaur skeleton true size, learn about evolution.
Working time: from 10:00 to 18:00 only in high season from 1 may to 1 November
Entrance fee: 600 rubles adults, 450 for children (5-12 years), under 5 free. Photo and video shooting – 100 rubles
How to get there: located outside the main resort area of Koktebel ' in one and a half kilometers from the bus station at the address: Sadovaya 24 (dinotherium on the map)
Useful tips about Koktebel
Shopping and buying. Shopping in Koktebel itself is absent, but the need in small shops can be purchased. The bulk of the stores and only shopping center "Sargan" ("fora") are concentrated along the main road, Lenin str.
Food in Koktebel. There are a lot of cafes and restaurants, there is a table. Inexpensive and delicious you can eat in the canteen "Spoon" and "Drinking, Eating" on the waterfront.
Bicycle rental. You can find a rental bike from 150 rubles per hour + 50 rubles for each subsequent hour.
What to bring from Koktebel. Koktebel cognac produced at the factory in the village of shchebetovka near Koktebel will be a great gift. Sold 3-and 5-star standard and gift packaging in specialty stores and supermarkets. The price here and there about the same, but in large supermarkets sometimes sold cheaper stock.