Alushta is one of the largest and best-known Crimean resorts. Because of its close proximity to the mainland, it is often called the gateway to Crimea’s southern coast. Splendid landscapes, picturesque mountains, tender seas, and the curative air are not the only merits Alushta has to offer – on its outskirts lay many interesting landmarks.
Alushta is famous for its unique climate, which enables the city to flourish as a first-rate health resort, and places it as a near equal to better-known resorts like Yalta and Sochi. The finest sanatoriums exist here, and they treat respiratory, nerve, and cardio-vascular problems.
The history of the city started in the 6th century, when Byzantine Emperor Justinian ordered the Aluston fortress to be built on the peninsula’s southern coast. Subsequently, it turned into an important trade centre for two centuries. In the Middle Ages, Alushta was captured by the Genoese, who built a new fortress on top of the ruins of the sacked town; you can see the remains of their fortress in the city center today. Only in the 19th century - after Russians took control of the land – did Alushta start to develop as a resort.
Today, it is a popular getaway with comfortable beaches and a warm sea. Its numerous guests like to spend their time on the busy boardwalk, where you can admire the breathtaking mountain and sea landscapes, sit in a cozy café, or take a boat ride along the coast. Alushta is also famous for its innumerable parks and public gardens, for which it earned the name “the greenest city of the Crimea.”
But the main tourist attractions you will see are on the city’s periphery. The best known is Demerdji Mountain - one of the most beautiful mountains of the peninsula. At its base lie the surviving ruins of the ancient Funa, and on its slope is located the famous Ghost Valley, made up of rocks with the most incredible forms and seizes. One more remarkable massif near Alushta is Chatyr-Dag, world-famous for its unique caves.