I think many people admire the nature of the Leningrad region, especially that part of it which is between the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga. This lake region has many places for hiking, beach holidays, as well as just walks in the fresh air. So we decided to brighten up our weekend and go on a small two-day trip. It was decided to start the trip with a trip to the coast of the Gulf of Finland, and the second day back to St. Petersburg, passing along some beauties of Lake Ladoga.
Today we plan to go to the north of the Leningrad region and drive along the Gulf of Finland. In addition, we plan to visit some protected areas, and in the evening - to get to Priozyorsk.
Traveling by car in the Leningrad region, it was simply impossible to pass by the beaches of the Gulf of Finland and not stop in this amazing place. As it turned out, it is pleasant not only to swim and sunbathe in the summer season, but also to take a walk admiring the horizon.
One of the largest natural objects in the Leningrad region can be called the Lindulivskaia Roshcha reserve. That's where we went right after the beach. The grove itself is on the list of objects protected by UNESCO. Away from the city bustle, we spent an hour here with a small walk along the paths along the massive plantations of Siberian Larch.
After a long walk in the fresh air we headed towards Priozyorsk, and on the way we decided to turn off for lunch in a restaurant complex called Davinci. There is a rather cozy and hospitable atmosphere. The menu is full of various meat dishes, most of which we tasted steak and vegetables, as well as kebabs.
Not far from Lake Ladoga there is a relatively small Snetkovskoye. On its shores, surrounded by forest, there is a beach, but we decided not to swim, but to take a little walk along the shore along the forest paths.
Isn't it time to stop on vacation? You can warm up, fill up and buy goods on the way at Gazpromneft's filling stations.
After a walk by the lake, we went to Priozersk for dinner. Our first stop here was a cozy restaurant of the hotel Kexholm. The menu was quite diverse, our choice fell on shashlik with vegetables and salads with seafood.
Today we will complete our short journey through the Leningrad region. For a start we plan to go to one of the beaches of Losevo and then, having passed along Ladoga Lake, to return back to St. Petersburg.
There are not many cafes in Priozersk that are open early in the morning. That's why we went to the shore of Lake Ladoga to have breakfast and enjoy the beautiful views from the panoramic windows in the cafe "Tochka na map". The morning menu is quite diverse, we chose omelette with bacon and oatmeal porridge with berries.
Continuing the tradition started yesterday, we will start today with a trip to the beach. The banks of the Vuoksa river are one of the most popular places in the Leningrad region for beach holidays. And it is not surprising, because there is a beautiful spacious beach and a flat bottom, ideal for swimming. Along the coast there is also a small forest, you can walk or have a picnic.
Another stop on the shore of the majestic Lake Ladoga. The place was chosen especially for swimming and a little walk in a small forest near the shore.
Well, after a walk on the shore of Lake Ladoga and moving, of course, wanted to relax and have a snack. For this purpose we stopped in a small barbeque shop in the village of Gruzino. We were met very hospitably, apart from meat there are also various snacks, soups and other dishes.
After a hearty lunch we were already approaching St. Petersburg, as we thought of making a small stop in the Repin forest. The city dweller does not often manage to get away from the daily hustle and bustle, so we took a short walk before returning. By the way, there are various animals here, so if you are lucky you can see, for example, a fox.
And we decided to go back to the city along the Gulf of Finland. On the way we caught quite famous and popular park "Dubki". The landscape here is very pleasant and beautiful, but we decided to go for a walk to the water itself on the observation deck at Cape Dubkovsky. It should be said that to meet the sunset here is something, nothing will prevent you from seeing the sun set behind the horizon.
And we'll finish our journey in a bar near the observation deck. Soulful, big choice of beers, sorry I drove! Delicious squids on the grill.