Novorossiysk is Russia’s main port on the Black Sea, named a Hero City for its defense of this crucial facility during WWII.
Russia is the 11th-largest wine producer in the world, and 60% of its output comes from this region.
Christened in 1951, the battle cruiser Nikolay Kutusov was decommissioned in 2002 and converted to a Naval Museum. Tours of the upper deck and viewing the various guns gives visitors an opportunity to view the Soviet-era military technology. Very near the ship is the World War II Memorial, including the eternal flame and the Square of Heroes. The city is dotted with military memorials and statues honoring the heroes of this naval city so important in the history of Soviet and Russian wars.
Establish by the Czar in 1870, the winery at Abrau-Durso specializes in sparkling wines of the Champagne style. Considered by many the most important winery in Russia, the quality of the wines is considered by many to be equal to those from the Champagne region of France. Tours of the facilities include tastings of 6 different wines and a visit to the massive underground cellars. The village of Abrau-Durso is an exclusive resort region with luxurious villas and beaches around the karst Lake Abrau.
The resort town of Gelenjik is just a few kilometers south of Novorossiysk and offers casual beach atmosphere and resort activities, including spa facilities. Near the town are thousands of Neolithic dolmens, stone structures (tables) built by Stone Age inhabitants.
Anapa is about an hour northwest of Novorossiysk in the direction of the Sea of Azoz. The historic town was first established by the Greeks in the 5th century BC. It was later an Ottoman stronghold with an impressive fortress to fight off Russian attacks. It is also one of the most popular Russian resort areas on the Black Sea coast, with a wide variety of resorts and tourist attractions that will appeal to all age groups.
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