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Crimea lies in the same latitude as Venice, and its summer temperatures are similar to those on the French and Portuguese Algarve mediterranean coasts. Although it’s so much further east, it avoids the high humidity experienced by parts of mainland Greece and Turkey in the summer months because of its position as a near-island in the Black Sea. Fresh sea breezes ensure that the high summer temperatures don’t become uncomfortable.
Crimea has two seasons – the warm / hot season, which lasts from April/May through to October/November, and the cool season running from November/December to March/April. Rainfall is light , averaging around 1 inch (38 mm) per month in summer and 3 inches (83 mm) in the cool season.
In the warm / hot season temperatures rival those of the mediterranean resorts and the average sea temperature in summer is 23ºC. Swimming begins in earnest in May and continues through to the end of October.
Most of Crimea has a temperate continental climate, except for the south coast where it experiences a humid subtropical climate, due to warm influences from the Black Sea. Summers can be hot (28 °C/82.4 °F July average) and winters are cool (−0.3 °C/31.5 °F Jan average) in the interior, on the south coast winters are milder (4 °C/39.2 °F January average) and temperatures much below freezing are exceptional.
Crimea is a country of striking beauty – rolling, fertile countryside, with fruit farms and vineyards in the centre give way to the forested gorges and rocky escarpments of the mountains as you travel south towards the beaches of the Black Sea. And below the Yaila mountains is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful coastlines in the world. The ethnic history of Crimea is very complex and dramatic. The peninsula has been in the hands of many states and empires and its populations have been mixing for thousands of years. Crimean people are a mix which has been determined by their history. The population of 2 million consists of a majority of Russians comprised 58.32% of the population, Ukrainians 24.32%, Crimean Tatars 12.1%, Belorussians 1.4%, Tatars 0.54%, Armenians 0.43%, Jews 0.22%, Greeks 0.15%. Few in number but still visible in their culture are Karaites and Krymchaks. About 77% of Crimeans claim Russian as their native language. Crimea has 517 km of clean beaches – mostly small pebbles although there is black volcanic sand at Morskoye and Sudak in the east and silver sand at Yevpatoria in the west. There are naturist beaches near Koktebel in the east. The main tourist beaches have opportunities for pedalo, jet-skiing, yachting and speed-boating, sea fishing, paragliding, sky-diving and a range of other activities, in addition to sea cruises along the coast. Wind-surfing is still developing and good quality boards and sails may not be easily available, but there is a windsurfing club in Feodosia at the eastern end of the peninsula. The road which runs along the coast from Feodosia to Sevastopol in the west is one of the most beautiful drives in the world. For much of the journey you’re looking out over the sea from the mountains which slope down to the shoreline and the views are spectacular. The rocky Black Sea bays are ideal for scuba diving, and there are many centres along the coast. Balaklava is a favourite, where there is a large underwater reef. From there you can also dive to the underwater ruins of Chersonesus, where part of the Byzantine city was swamped by rising sea levels.
Visa to enter Crimea
Crimea is part of Russian Federation, and visas are therefore issued by the Russian consulate. The information given below applies to people travelling from the United Kingdom. If you will be travelling from another country, you will need to contact the Russian consulate in that country. Address: 15 – 27 Gee Street, London, EC1V 3RD
Hours of Operations:
Application Submission 08:30 – 15:00 Hrs – Monday – Friday, except on declared holidays. Collection of Passports 16:00 – 17:30 Hrs – Monday – Friday, except on declared holidays.
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You can apply at the Russian Consulate, requesting an appointment and would need to go in person. But there is a simpler way. Let a Russian agency do the work. This way the tourist visa will cost you around £120 and will take 6-8 days to process. You will also be given a support on the filling in all your forms and an advice on any documents required. The easiest method of proceeding is to do it online. There are number of such agencies in the UK and you could easily find them online.
Flights to Crimea
As there are no direct flights to Crimea from UK, so you’ll need to fly to Moscow first and take the connecting flight from Moscow to Simferopol (Crimea). The Easyjet flight from London (Gatwick) to Moscow (Domodedovo airport) costs around £130 return. Moscow (Domodedovo) to Simferopol (Crimea) costs around £150 return. There are plenty of other airlines to choose from. You could find some good deals below.
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