A city by the sea. The sea is everywhere: if you look into the distance, you can see the white peaks of waves and the sea shimmering in the sun; when you walk along the stone embankment, you can hear the whisper of the pebbles on the beach and look at the ships and boats moored on the quays. Sevastopol is a great place to come between seasons when there are no crowds of tourists; you can be alone with the sea, relax your mind, and breath in the cool sea air. The grass is green even in winter; roses and chrysanthemums flower until December; the birds sing and the warm sun often shines through.
The best place to start your visit Sevastopol is in the central Town Circle. It contains several squares, including the main one named in honor of the celebrated Admiral Nakhimov. Concerts and rallies are held here and the city's New Year tree is put up in December. Primorsky Boulevard, a small park leading to Kornilov Embankment, starts from this square. There is a wonderful view of Sevastopol Bay from the boulevard, while several meters from the coast you can see the city's symbol—the monument to Sunken Ships. This commemorates the tragic events of the Crimean War when old sailing ships were sunk to prevent the enemy entering the bay.
In the city center, next to Ushakov Square on a small hill, you can find Istorichesky Boulevard. The hill is crowned by the Panorama Museum of the 1854–1855 Defense of Sevastopol, one of the most famous and popular museums in the city. Next to it is a theme park where you must take a ride on the ferris wheel and enjoy the view of Yuzhnaya Bay, the beautiful building of the railway station and Sevastopol's nearby districts.
There are not many places in Russia where you can literally come into contact with antiquity. Chersonesus is one of these places. This city was founded by the ancient Greeks in 5 BC and was full of life before Moscow was even mentioned anywhere. Christianity was introduced to Rus from here; Vladimir was baptized in Chersonesus so that he could marry the Byzantine princess Anna. The foundations, walls, and decorative elements of the ancient buildings have been partly restored by archaeologists; some details, such as columns and mosaics can be seen in their original form.
To the north of Sevastopol, in one of the preserved 19th century fortifications, you can visit the Mikhailovsky Battery Military History Museum of Fortifications. The building of the fort has witnessed two heroic defenses and its walls are mottled with the traces of shells and bullets. The exhibition introduces the events of the Crimean War, the First World War, the Civil War and the Second World War—all the bloodiest battles in Russia's history.
The 35th Coastal Battery historical memorial complex is dedicated to the defenders of the city during the Siege of Sevastopol (1941–1942). The people who heroically fought the fascists but were unable to hold off the enemy. Thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of prisoners of war and the sea the color of blood... The tour guides describe in detail the defense and liberation of Sevastopol, as well as the fate of its heroic defenders, both those who died and those who survived.
On the coast of a thin curved bay, skirted by picturesque hills, is the small town of Balaklava. Here you should walk along Nazukin Embankment, climb to the donjon—the main tower of the Genoese fortress of Chembalo, and then have something to eat in a fish restaurant. Grey mullet caught by local fishermen in the bay is wonderfully fried or baked.
The town of Inkerman is famous for its cave monastery, whose cells and temples are carved directly into the rock. At its top you can see the ruins of the medieval fortress of Kalamita, which reminds one of the time when Crimea was a province of the Byzantine Empire.
An excellent way to end your tour of Sevastopol is to visit the Inkerman Vintage Wine Factory, where you will be shown round the wine cellars and can sample the best wines.