The Black Sea’s Ibiza – Odessa

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The Black Sea’s Ibiza – Odessa

Its auspicious positioning on the northwestern shores of the Black Sea has christened Odessa, the acting gatekeeper watching over the trade routes between Northern/Central Europe and the Close East and Asia crossing. Home to some 1.1 million Ukrainians, Odessa stands as Ukraine’s third largest city population wise. Aside from being one of the Ukraine’s largest and busiest port cities, Odessa is also a hodge-podge of various cultures ranging from Greeks to Turks, Germans to Romanians and even Jews to Koreans.

With nearly five miles of shoreline looking out over the Black Sea and some 480 acres of sandy beaches, Odessa has quickly become one of Europe’s premier summer destinations. Often likened to Paris, Odessa has long been considered to be the Ibiza of the Black Sea. An agreeable marine climate has made Odessa a popular weekend getaway among European jetsetters. At its most madcap, Odessa’s beaches can host to up to 400,000 revelers at any given time. A few beaches of note are Arcadia (as seen below), Dolphin, Otrada (“Delight”), Chaika (“Seagull”) and Zolotov Bereg (“Golden Beach”).

Arcadia Beach

Whether you are strolling through the bustling walkways of Deribasovskaya or taking in the sights from the top of the Potemkin Steps, beauty is in abundance, particularly amongst the female populace. Scores of model types sashay their way up and down the streets of Odessa. You’ll probably have to book a massage session at one of the many spas strewn about the city as you’ll be rubbernecking at every turn of the corner.

“The air is filled with all Europe; French is spoken and there are European papers and magazines to read.”
– Russia’s greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin 

There is plenty to gorge your senses upon in what is known as the “Pearl of the Black Sea”, Odessa. Although the city streets may be lined with architecture conceived during the 19th and 20th centuries, Odessa is still a relatively new city. Having only been built from scratch in 1792, Odessa is rich in history as represented by the many monuments and museums open to the public.

Potemkin Steps

Atop the iconic Potemkin Steps that overlooks all of the Odessan port, sits a monument to the famed Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, who lived in Odessa under exile for a period of time. Even the streets function as tapestry weaving tribute to Odessa’s history. Streets are typically named after some important figure in Odessan history, some of whom aren’t even necessarily Ukrainian or Russian. For instance, the main drag of shops and restaurants, Deribasovskaya, is actually named after Spanish-born, Jose de Ribas, a decorated Russian Navy Admiral known for his exploits during the Russo-Turkish War.

Odessa is a resort town. Taking in the sights is all well and good, but a little action is the call to order if you happen to make the trek. For the adventurers at heart, take to the Odessa Catacombs – a labyrinthine network of underground tunnels carved from limestone that were once used by smugglers. If you are more into the finer things in life, Odessa is also home to one of the world’s finest opera houses in the Odessa Opera & Ballet Theater. Of course, there is also jet skiing, surfing and laying out in the sun too. The Black Sea’s Ibiza is a must see for any jetsetter, who happens to be passing through the Ukraine.

Overlooking Deribasovskaya Street

Beaches and babes are never a bad combination and if you’ve perused the many profiles of Russian brides hailing from Odessa on the Dream-Marriage site, you should know what’s in store. As mentioned earlier, Odessa is as diverse a city in Ukraine as any. Although the small majority of the population is Ukrainian, Russian remains the preeminent language. We recommend enlisting the services of a translator as English is not very widely spoken in Ukraine. Why waste time thumbing through an almanac when you should be keeping your eye on the prize all around you?

Random Facts:
    • Spanning a total of 44 windows and doors across, Hotel Ekaterina is the home of what the Odessans claim is the longest balcony in all of Europe.
    • Odessa has several twin cities – Genoa (Italy), Marseilles (France), Liverpool (England), Yokohama (Japan), and Alexandria (Egypt). 
    • Olympic gold medalist Oksana Baiul grew up and trained in Odessa.
    • Odessa considers itself the “capital of Soviet humor”. On April 1st, the whole city of Odessa celebrates Humoryna (translated: “Day of Laughter”), Odessa’s version of April Fool’s Day. 
Julia from Odessa, ID: 593982


Alina from Odessa, ID: 863175 

Dream-Marriage can also assist you with apartment rentals if you want to save money on accommodations rather than drop coin at tourist trap hotels. We even provide you with a translator to help make your stay that much more enjoyable. For a list of flats and prices, click here.

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