Lighthouses, manor houses, fortress: a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city – Road.Travel

Lighthouses, manor houses, fortress: a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Road Trip Route. Take a photo at the lighthouse, Take a walk on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, Find a waterfall not far from the Koporsk fortress.

A day trip for those who want to take a break from the rhythms of the big city, get in touch with history and feel at one with nature. Stroll along the picturesque coastline of the Gulf of Finland, take impressive photos by the lighthouses and, if you want to be adventurous, climb the observation tower. Next, stroll next to an ancient fortress and see the ruins of a noble manor house. This weekend will be spent outdoors, so it's a good idea to dress warmly and choose comfortable footwear. **Recommendations:** - It is important to keep a social distance when visiting public places and to use personal protective equipment. - It is also worth remembering that checking into hotels, as well as visiting museums is possible only if you have a valid QR-code or a negative PCR-test for not more than 72 hours. *Information is current for the period autumn 2021.

Uninhabited Nature, Unique Locations. From: Saint Petersburg

Elena Sadchikova. Travel Expert.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Walks and history

Good morning! This is going to be a very busy day, so it's worth waking up early. Dress warmly, take a thermos of hot tea and a camera, the views are amazing.

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Mayak "Raskat"

The futuristic structure, located near old Peterhof, is commonly referred to as a lighthouse. In fact, it is a radar tower, which helps to determine the location of ships. But has the lack of lighting equipment made the building less interesting? All the more, the views that open from the beach and sand spit are a real boon for the photographer.


The unique architectural ensemble of the Benoit, Grube and Kron cottages has long been in disrepair, but not so long ago enthusiasts decided to restore the buildings. Today, plein airs are held on the territory of the dacha complex, and in the future it is planned to organize here an arts residency of St. Petersburg State University. **Restrictions due to the November lockdown COVID-19:** All visits and excursions during the lockdown period must be coordinated in advance by calling the number listed [on the official website]( Personal protective equipment must be worn on excursions.

Grillbar Academia

For a late breakfast or early lunch, check out the Academy Grill Bar. This is one of the best establishments along today's route. **Limitations due to November COVID-19 lockdown:** The restaurant is open for takeout only during lockdown, so bring your own juicy burgers and have a picnic outdoors.

Государственный природный заказник «Лебяжий»

Lebyazhij Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful places on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. A sandy beach, tall pine trees - an atmosphere of peace and quiet. In the cold season, bizarre snow barchans form on the surface of the water.

Shepelevskiy Mayak

But the Shepelev Lighthouse is the most real one, and a red signal lights up at night. The lighthouse is fenced, the fence is quite low, and the lighthouse itself can be viewed and photographed from all sides. There is an iron tower nearby, which you can climb if you are in search of quite unusual angles.

Coffee House "Veranda"

A cosy and quiet coffee shop is the right place to go to after a long walk outside. It offers an extensive selection of desserts and snacks, as well as a wide range of coffees and teas. **Restrictions due to November COVID 19:** The place will be open in regular mode with 70% occupancy. Visitors are also required to have a valid QR code.

Koporskaya Fortress

The ancient fortress of Koporje is a medieval defensive complex built in 1237 by the knights of the Livonian Order. It is a place steeped in centuries-old history, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside. In connection with restoration works the pass inside the fortress is closed, but it does not prevent to estimate the scale of the ancient structure, walking around and examine the dilapidated temple. And walking a little bit against the stream of the river Koporka, you will see a small waterfall, which does not freeze even in the cold season.

Radonovyye Istochniki

Not far from the village of Lopukhinka there is a very picturesque place - three radon lakes, surrounded by a canyon. The most beautiful of the lakes is the middle one. Nearby are the ruins of an ancient manor house.

Chaykhana Chabrets

Cozy Oriental cuisine restaurant in Peterhof. The menu has a large selection of the most delicious dishes of Uzbek cuisine, and if you prefer European classics, you will also find a dish to your liking here. And there is also a decent cocktail menu and a large selection of specialty teas. **Restrictions due to November's COVID-19 lockdown:** During the lockdown period, you can order take-away and dine in the comfort of your own home.

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