Odessa is the pearl of the Black Sea and can be found in southern Ukraine. The city is popular with local and foreign tourists. After the visit, we knew the reason. There are cobblestone streets everywhere, beautiful buildings and the most spectacular views.
Why do n’t you fall in love with this city? I stayed in Odessa for three days to explore the city. In Odessa, everyone really has something to do. I hope we can have more time, but there are more reasons to come back in the future! If you want to know whether Odessa is worth a visit, please continue reading to find out the unforgettable things in Odessa, and then you decide your itinerary in Ukraine.
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How to get to Odessa
Fortunately for all of us, travel in Ukraine is very convenient and affordable.
Although Ukraine is a European country, its per capita GDP is only 2000 $. You will draw a conclusion compared to other European countries. Ukraine is the least developed country in Europe.
The good news is that tickets can be easily booked online, thus all troubles are easily solved. One of my favorite ways to travel is by train, which is the best way to travel long distances in Europe. It is also my main means of transportation in Ukraine.
There are trains to Odessa in Lviv and Kiev, Ukraine. However, since Odessa is very far away from all these cities, you will stay on the train for a while, so you have two options:
- Take the night train, so you don’t have to pay for the hotel.
- Take the day train so you can see the scenery along the way.
You can find all ticketing options on Omio.com, including prices and train schedules. Omio (formerly known as GoEuro) is an easy and fast way to book trains, buses or flights across Europe. If you speak Russian, or if you have friends living in Ukraine, you can go to the train station to buy train tickets yourself.
I use the Internet to book trains in Ukraine, and I will receive an email reminder within a few minutes. You can find relevant information on the Ukrainian reservation website. However, please make sure that your credit card is compatible with the local website.
If you leave the United States or your country for the first time. You must change some habits, or break some inertial thinking.
For example, when you shop online, you are used to opening the Amazon website in the United States. But if you are in Japan and you want to get the same shopping experience, you need to link to the Rakuten website.
As another example, if you send a package in the US, you will choose FedEx. But when you arrive in China, you have to choose Yuantong Express.
If you want to watch HBO TV series in North Korea, the hotel attendant will ask you what is the TV set?
The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet
This beautiful theater was built in the 19th century and is one of the must-see spots when visiting Odessa. Amazing building. Watching performances in the theater is one of the most popular activities in Odessa. I have to say that the level of ballet in this country is comparable to other European countries. If you are interested in opera or ballet performances, please check the website here to find information about buying tickets for these performances!
The Potemkin staircase is one of the most famous in the city. The Potemkin staircase was built in the 19th century.(Founded in 1841) Although it can be reached by only 192 steps, it actually creates the illusion of a longer staircase. The stairs are very close to the beach. When you reach the end of the stairs, you can see the cranes in the port.
3.Take the cable car
There is a cable car next to the Potemkin stairs, which can also be used to climb this hill. The cable car costs only 5 UAH (0.20 $) per person, and you can be picked up in just a few minutes to enjoy the view of the steps and the harbour.
4.Admire the view of Odessa Port
The port of Odessa is actually one of the largest ports on the Black Sea, and you will see everything from cargo ships to cruise ships arrive here. This is a magnificent place with a view of the port, and the best view from the top of the Potemkin stairs!
Depart from the city center to Langeron Beach. Wandering along the park, admiring the scenery of Odessa port, or crossing the streets full of magnificent buildings of Odessa, this will be a beautiful route. However, if you visit during the peak tourist season, you must get up early to ensure that you have a place, because this beach will be packed with locals who will visit this resort on warm days in the city.
6.Walk on Deribasovskaya Street
Deribasovskaya Street is not only the main street of Odessa, but also one of the most popular attractions in Odessa. This street is forbidden by cars and is lined with trees, shops and restaurants. Here, you can take a leisurely stroll, admire the beautiful architecture, or just eat something or drink, the drinks here are very cheap. I suggest that you schedule your visit to Deribasovskaya Street at noon so that you can enjoy the street view while having lunch.
7.City food market
The food market must be one of my favorite places in Odessa, this place makes us totally warm. Although the entrance to the market is small, it is very lively, and there is a hall with a wide variety of food to ensure that everyone likes it. From pizza, burgers, tacos, oyster shrimp, this is a place where you will not be hungry. This is a market frequented by locals in Odessa. This city food market is perfect for those who want to learn about local life. The five-star suggest!
However, if you are looking for a more local atmosphere, go to Privoz Market. You can’t find any beautiful cakes here, but you can find fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, etc.
There is no doubt that this is actually Ukraine ’s largest market, which has existed since the early 19th century. This is a localized market, you can buy any daily necessities, and the large quantities of ingredients used in restaurants are also purchased here!
The reminder here is:
- Please pay attention to your wallet and mobile phone.
- Many goods can be bargained.
- Traffic is congested and arrange time in advance.
In the city center, you will find the beautiful but hidden Odessa Passage. This building was built in the 19th century and is a right angle building. This was once the location of the best hotel in Odessa, but then it closed down. Now when you visit here, you will find that it has become a shop, still open, and sells small souvenirs here.
Although not a destination in Odessa, I was shocked by the beauty of the train station. Most of the buildings in Odessa were built around 1800. Like other European buildings: fountains and colonnades are pastel, and the train station is not disappointing. It was built in the late 1800s, with a dazzling round building marble.
11.Black Sea Beach-Arcadia Beach
Odessa is nicknamed the “Pearl of the Black Sea” and has many beautiful beaches. Arcadia Beach (Arcadia Beach) is one of the most popular beaches, 17 km from the city center. Outside the city of Odessa. The scenery here reminds me of Florida.
Before 2014, the beaches here were not bustling, because before that all Ukrainians went to the Crimean for a holiday. There is no doubt that for Ukrainians, Crimea is now abroad, and Odessa lives up to its reputation as a pearl and also has beautiful beaches. Despite news reports from the US media, I understand that it is completely safe here after 2017.