Port of Odessa
Cruising and Travel

Lying on the shores of the Black Sea, the City of Odessa can be reached by sea, air, rail, and road. It is a popular resort and tourist destination with far too many sights and activities to list here. One of the most interesting things to see in the Port of Odessa is its old town, which reflects the grandeur of its heyday as one of the Russian Empire's greatest ports and wealthiest cities. While the area has not been maintained in its pristine form, it can still fill a couple of days with casual wandering on the wide avenues and through the large beautiful parks.

Founded in 1825, the Port of Odessa's Archaeological Museum is one of the oldest in Ukraine. The museum contains over 160 thousand exhibits that tell the story of the ancient northern Black Sea region. It also contains artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome as well as a large collection of coins and medals.

The Odessa National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet is an interesting architectural monument as well as an historic theater arts performance venue, having hosted such world-famous artists as Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Isai, Sarasate, and many others. Ballet is an important part of the theater's history as well, with dancers like Pavlova and Nuriyev gracing this Port of Odessa stage. The theater is a masterpiece of artwork, with lampions, candelabra, and ornamented bronze inlays complementing its elaborately painted walls and ceilings.

One of the major attractions in the Port of Odessa is its beaches. Most of the city waterfront outside the port is a beach zone. Arcadia is the most popular beach. Lined with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and other entertainment, Arcadia is easy to reach from the city center. Malibou, a beach in the Luzanovka neighborhood, is the cleanest and clearest beach on the shore, and it has the same variety of services as Arcadia.

The Port of Odessa's Lanzheron Beach is located next to Schevchenko Park, so beach-goers can enjoy the warm sea and park greenery at the same time. It's the closest beach to the city's historic center, about a 15-minute walk from the Opera Theater, and it has the new Dolphinarium. While most beaches are reached by a steep downhill walk, you can take a Soviet-era cable car to the Otrada. The Otrada has many beaches, most of which have all the amenities.

The mysterious Odessa Catacombs are about 2500 kilometers of labyrinths winding under the city and stretching into the countryside outside the Port of Odessa. Former stone mines, they have been used by smugglers and by the Ukraine resistance during World War II. Because of the catacombs, the Port of Odessa was never able to build a subway system. Today, while not officially sanctioned, tours are available for some parts of the catacombs.

Travelers who want to see the Port of Odessa by sea can find a long list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.

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