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Crimea’s west coast appears rather flat and featureless, but it has many layers of history and scenery of great variety and rare beauty is in easy reach. It is certainly worth devoting a few days to exploring the area. When preparing its special Travels in Tartary issue (No 49), Cornucopia spent two nights in Sevastopol and one in Yevpatoria. Another night in each would have been very welcome.
The western end of the Crimean Mountains are particularly beautiful, both inland and along the dramatic south coast; the great battlefields of the Crimean War are fascinating for historian and layman alike, and although dachas are mushrooming they often beautiful to roam and clamber over. And there are two very different cities that are full of character, Sevastopol and Yevpatoria.
Simferopol Airport is a little over an hour’s drive from Sevastopol, even less from Yevpatoria.
A hired car or taxi is really essential to get the best out of Crimea.
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