Tarkhankut Peninsula is on the western border of Crimea. The most defining points are the capes of Kara-mrun (Black nose) and Tarkhankut. The Tarkhankut Peninsula is bordered on the south by the Black Sea, and on the north by the Karkinitskii Bay.
The rocks, stones, the purity of the water and bank – everything there is simply beautiful.
There is a place in Tarkhankut called the Bowl of Love. It is a little lake filled with sea water which is very clear in the rocky shore with a diameter of about 20 meters under the sea water connecting 6-foot tunnel at a depth of 4 meters. When weather is not calm, it looks like a giant jacuzzi bathtub. It is 8 km from the village Olenivka.
The Bowl of Love is surrounded by rocks, which form a heart shape. This place is especially popular among young people and couples. According to legend, if the lovers hold hands, jump in the water and their hands don’t disconnect during the fall, they will live together in love and lead a happy family life.
It’s believed that this tradition starts from Ancient Tauri — the first inhabitants of Crimea. They came here before the wedding to receive the approval from their goddess Artemida. The lovers had to jump into the Bowl of Love from four different sides and if their hands did not disconnect, the wedding took place, but if their hands disconnected, the wedding would be cancelled.
The Bowl of Love is a popular place for filming movies, music videos, commercials.
In 1962 the cult Soviet science fiction romance film «The Amphibian Man» was shot there. The film was the leader of Soviet distribution in 1962 (65.5 million viewers). It is little-known in the West, but has become a cult classic in Russia.
Those who want to take a dip in the Bowl of Love have to remember that the water in the bowl is almost always quite cold. But, despite this, the Cup of Love is possibly the most romantic place in the world.
The Bowl of Love is very popular with divers too. The water around the natural pool is almost always calm, and the dive site has three steps up to 11 m. Experienced freedivers swim under the water and hold their breath through a seven metre tunnel and out into the open sea.
Some mischievous divers create bubbles in the water, pretending to be an octopus and surprise the unsuspecting bathers.
Also, there are many other secret, romantic places near by. One popular spot is called the Beach of Love, and is popular because it is very discrete and private.