Cornucopia’s travel guide

Yalta


What you will see

A glitzy Monte Carlo is sure to rise from the most prosperous of Crimea’s south-coast cities. But for now, it still has an innocent charm, with the silliest of entertainment parlours along the surf-swept promenade. In the 1840s it was a fishing village so small that the country houses had to send pack animals over the mountains to Simferopol on market day, or wait for a visit from the Sevastopol–Feodosiya packet – there are almost no other safe havens for shipping.