Tourist information about the village of Rock in Crimea
The village of Rock is situated on the Bank of the Republic of Crimea, near the famous for its Sunny beaches and developed infrastructure of Alushta (the Utes on the map of the Crimea). It belongs to the resort villages in the southern coast of the Crimea, the most popular among tourists. Administratively belongs to Alushta (Big Alushta), and sometimes seen by tourists as one of its suburban beaches, though in fact it is an independent resort area with self-sufficient infrastructure. The village is small, takes only a 0,6175 square kilometers at 46 meters above sea level. According to official data, constantly in the village live no more than 300 inhabitants, but in summer the population increases several times due to tourists.
Rest in the Rock
To call the Utes typical beach resort in the Crimea is impossible. It is a special place with a special atmosphere, which, most likely, no one other resort on the Peninsula. This is a very family place on the beach, tipsy walking companies noisy bars. Everyone here is very intelligent, and no hassles. The impression is that this is not a resort, the European village on the coast. Even the architecture is appropriate.
The rock is a popular destination among tourists who appreciate high level of comfort. Here built many hotels - this is the legendary town of slipways, as they call such a cluster of tourist hotels and buildings to stay in these parts.
At the same time, it should be understood that a beach holiday and entertainment here are also different. On the beaches a little traditional water activities, almost no on the land. The beach is for swimming not really suitable, concrete and not beautiful. Overall, the young people will be bored, but the elderly and families with children will love. Also the village would be a good vacation option for people with health problems.
The beaches in the Rock
Short concrete promenade in the centre of the village (near Santa Barbara) is actively used by sellers to trade favors (center the map). From the waterfront, you can explore by boat or ship, or just to admire the view of mount Ayu-Dag and the slopes of Castel in the distance.
Under the promenade is located a few short pebbly beach with clean water. All of them are free, access is not restricted. Unfortunately, the special natural beauty you will not see: as on most beaches of the southern coast of Crimea, around here concrete breakwaters projecting into the sea, and some beaches do represent a concrete pad with sun loungers and ladder for descent into water. But, on the other hand, the beach and the promenade are well-groomed, and, like the entire village, leaving a feeling of comfort and cleanliness. Perhaps this is due to the fact that there is no chaos, create the usual water and beach activities. Such entertainment is almost there, all for a peaceful and relaxing beach holiday. Well, another disadvantage of the beach in the center – very uncomfortable admission for children and the whole beach for families with children not really suitable.
But the center is still not all the beaches of the village. In fact, the Rock and the coast beyond the Cape of Plaka, in the direction of the village (beaches at the Cape on the map). These beaches are sometimes referred to as karasankima beaches, but the name of the sanatorium. To get to them on the shore not only the road around the Cape. Many people mistakenly believe these beaches Partenit (Partenit), but it's not. This is also a pebble beach along the concrete embankment. They are less well-groomed, like the waterfront, you can even say abandoned. On the shore there is almost nothing, only the green areas, because the beaches are very deserted.
Entertainment and attractions
Clear sea creates the perfect conditions for diving and underwater exploring with masks. The cliff offers a huge amount of fun for fans of outdoor activities, including ATV rides, horseback riding, and even skydiving and roughening, but all this is outside of the village, as separate excursions.
The evening in the Rock does not Shine diversity, but this is the difference of the resort. After sunset, you can stroll along the promenade, to walk along the ranks of the local market (it works especially for tourists late). For lovers of the bars in the Rock there are a number of bars and restaurants where you can taste the legendary Crimean wine, watching the sunset and relaxing music. At ten o'clock the village is already asleep
Well, if you rest in one of the major resorts of Rock, your evening entertainment will attempt to diversify the staff, themed shows, karaoke, discos.
Attractions in Utes virtually no. But you can buy a tour to any place of the Peninsula. Yourself you can go by bus to Alushta or Yalta for one day and see the sights. You can walk to the village of Partenit, where there are several interesting places (see the sights of the village).
In the same village can be viewed similar to the medieval castle of Princess Gagarina Palace, stroll through the Park of the sanatorium "Utes" (entry 100), to climb the cliff of Cape Plaka (there is a wonderful view).
Find tours online
The infrastructure in the Rock is poorly developed. Here is equipped with only a few small shops, pharmacy, travel Agency (excursions are sold on the street), market and independent shops with tourist goods. Places with cheap quality food, and prices in cafes and restaurants suitable for budget travelers. You can eat and preparing yourself, you will have a kitchen, but the food is better and cheaper to buy in shopping malls in Alushta, and here already to buy the most necessary.
In the low season (winter) most of the cafes, restaurants and shops closed.
Hotels and accommodation
In Rock a lot of hotels, mini-hotels, there are several boarding houses. The ratio quality/price is one of the best places in the Crimea (the authors site). But as in most places in the Crimea, the number of rooms designed to accommodate two people in the room, but for families, housing better to look for private traders.
The private sector is almost absent, but a very convenient accommodation option is living in the boathouses near the sea. For this best Santa Barbara (actually center). To rent a room for a family of four here is from 1500 rubles per day, but the search for such housing better through special sites on the Internet, or "tip-off" friends.
Search and book hotels in Utes best on the following sites, because only they provided the most options for accommodation:
When you search for hotels in Crimea booking.com you'll likely get a message - "Not found". This limitation booking.com because of the sanctions. But around it and book accommodation in Crimea is very simple, read more here - How to book a hotel in Crimea Booking.com despite the sanctions.
If you prefer accommodation not in hotels, and in the private sector, then you can book an apartment or holiday house in the Rock at the site turum.netor using the search form below:
Now for the choice of location for housing. The most developed location of the village is its centre. The area is also famous under the name "Santa Barbara". Here is the promenade, cafes and restaurants, shops and markets. However, choosing a hotel in this area should take into account that there is very little green space, and the hotels abut each other very closely, leaving little space for flower beds and not leaving room for parks or groves. But the buildings are in immediate proximity from the sea.
Another separate area is Cape Plaka in the direction of the village. Be careful to choose this place, because from here, you actually find yourself in the middle of nowhere and far from infrastructure. To the centre from here on foot will have to overcome even in 20-30 minutes and about 40 minutes from here to the village. The pros of this place – the solitude and deserted beaches.
Hotels Rock on the map
Weather and tourist seasons Utes
In Rock high tourist season occurs from may to October. The best time is July – September. During low season almost all the tourist infrastructure in the village stops working.
Seasons the Utes months, when is the best time to go
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Weather in Utes and forecast
How to get to Utes
Transport in Utes are poorly developed, and therefore to reach it best by own transport or taxi. The taxi ride from the airport will cost 1600 rubles. You can book a taxi using the search:
If you plan to reach by public transport, you have to go through Simferopol and Alushta (see how to get to Alushta). From Alushta bus station twice a day at 10:49 and 16:39 departs the Shuttle bus in 30 minutes. Can also be reached directly from the airport by trolley bus No. 55 or any bus in the direction of Yalta at the stop "Cypress village", and from there catch a taxi or a ride to a Cliff or Hiking a March of 30-40 minutes on the way down.
If you get on your transport, keep in mind that the road to the village from the highway is very cool to the bottom, and strong winds, use caution. If your endpoint is the area of Santa Barbara (the village center), then the run should not miss the turn (a twist on Santa Barbara on the map of Rock). This rotation is very unobtrusive, and after him also the road goes very steeply down.
If you prefer full freedom of movement, but don't want to use a private car, you can take a car rental in the airport of Simferopol, and on it to get to the Cliff. The cost is from 1800 rubles per day. In high season best to book in advance, which you can do using the search and comparison of the cost of the rental of different companies: