Gelendzhik is one of the most popular resorts in Russia. It is not surprising, because the always sunny and hospitable Gelendzhik is at the crossroads of sea and fresh mountain climate. Over 5 million tourists from all over Russia come here every year. Arriving in this city, you will find yourself in an unforgettable fairy tale, and the diverse, rare vegetation - pine and juniper groves, pizza pine, which is not found anywhere else, and oak forests, combined with sea salty air create special conditions that favorably affect the health of each guest of the city.
On the first day, on our way to Gelendzhik, we will stop at two of the best beaches on the Black Sea coast. In the evening we will see historical dolmens, and in the late evening, upon arrival in Gelendzhik we will walk to the central Storage Lighthouse, have dinner and check in at the hotel.
Let's stop and enjoy the breeze on a great pebble beach, where it's almost always deserted.
Perhaps one of the best places on the Black Sea where you can taste real Mediterranean cuisine. Here you will find delicious mullet, desserts and a rich wine list.
Another stop at a lovely deserted beach. Don't forget to take pictures!
Mysterious dolmens, located in the vicinity of Gelendzhik - one of the most interesting historical sights of the Krasnodar region. In the XIX century, near the banks of rivers, in the forests and hills were found numerous megaliths - more than 120 in total. The age of dolmens, made of huge stones weighing up to 30 tons, reaches five thousand years. Some of the oldest architectural structures are now severely destroyed, and some dolmens even preserved petroglyphs - carved on the walls of ornaments, figures of animals and people.
Another visual historical specimen from the Gelendzhik Dolmens archipelago.
Welcome to Gelendzhik! The lighthouse was laid on August 19, 1897. At present, the lighthouse is equipped with a light-optical device that shines a constant red light. It provides security at the entrance of ships to Gelendzhik Bay. Its light is visible 9 miles from the shore.
It's dinnertime. Mangal House offers Georgian cuisine. Feed here excellent meat - shish kebabs, kebabs, everything that is done on the grill. Vegetables are also perfectly cooked, grilled eggplant is one of the best here.
The last day will be dedicated to visiting the main central attractions of Gelendzhik, as well as to visiting the observation platforms in the mountains and cable cars to get acquainted with the relief of the city.
We'll start the morning by walking down the fragrant plane tree alley. It is a pedestrian street almost in the center of the city, leading to the coast, a kind of "La Rambla" Gelendzhik. The alley was named after the trees that grow along Ostrovsky Street. The plant Platan was brought here for the first time from Turkey.
Let's make a short stop and take a photo with the monument to the tourist.
In Gelendzhik, as in most Black Sea resorts, there are a huge number of singing fountains. This attracts the largest number of tourists.
At the moment it is one of the best beaches in Gelendzhik downtown. It's clean. Few people. Calm, pleasant locals. Lounge music. Separate place for smokers under umbrellas with tables. Tip to order a cup of coffee from the local bar.
The morning breeze on this beach is unforgettable.
For lunch I advise you to visit a restaurant of Caucasian cuisine Erivan. Here you will be offered a wide range of meat dishes and delicacies. I advise you to order dolma and pomegranate.
The aerial tramway is a breathtaking, unforgettable half hour flight over the picturesque mountains of the Markotkh Ridge. From a bird's-eye view you can admire the views of the city and its surroundings, climb even higher on the Ferris wheel, walk to another point of view - a cross. Nearby there are horse riding and ATV rental. Since September, the price of the cable car also includes a Ferris wheel and a visit to the contact zoo.
It is a breathtaking cableway to the top of the Markhot Ridge to a height of 630 meters above Black Sea level. That's where Olympus Park is located. For 800 rubles you will be offered a transfer to the cable car, a mountain ticket and additional bonuses in the form of an opportunity to ride on the Ferris wheel at the top and go to the contact zoo at the foot of the ridge. This is a great opportunity to see the horseshoe of Gelendzhik Bay from such a height. It's a beautiful sight. For the full effect I recommend not to be lazy and walk along the road to the edge of the ridge. From there the views are even better.
For dinner drop in a Georgian cuisine cafe "Sukhum".