Situated in East Europe and connected to the Mediterranean, the Black Sea is bordered by six countries, namely Georgia, Turkey, Romania, Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria which is why this region is known to be a cultural, historical and aesthetic treasure chest. The region has started to attract many tourists, tired of traveling to the overcrowded Mediterranean, and Black Sea cruises are gaining popularity. A Black Sea cruise will take you on a journey through lands best known for their rich history, variation in terrains, cultures and traditions. Those interested in marine life will find this journey especially informative, as the Black Sea is teeming with life. In fact, its name is derived from the micro organisms present in the sea that inks the waters with black sediment.
The Main Attractions
Odessa, the region’s most sophisticated city, attracts visitors for its fine architecture and magnificent parks. The city’s most famous attribute is the Potemkin Steps, immortalized in the film Battleship Potemkin. The city is also home to numerous therapeutic resorts. On the Crimean Peninsula, you can enjoy sunny mornings in the historically famous cities of Yalta and Sevastopol. Istanbul is the most prominent gateway to the Sea and is included as a major port in many cruise itineraries. Some Greek ports are also listed by a few cruises.
There are beaches at every port for those who love soaking up sun but more than the beach bums, it’s the culture and history aficionados that are drawn to this region. Whether it’s exploring cobbled, medieval styles streets or visiting Yalta, where Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt gathered to redraw the map of Europe at the end of World War II, the entire region offers so much to the intellect that one could spend a considerably long time there and learn something fascinating every day.
Visually, the region is full of beauty, reminiscent of a time long ago. Some of the coastal roads have been described as ‘unforgettably spectacular’ and numerous cities here are known for their fantastic architecture.
Foodies will be delighted to know that the Black Sea is a delight to the palate, with a wide variety of tastes to choose from. So after feasting your eyes, you can fill up your stomach with meat dumplings, a variety of sweet dishes and other mouth watering preparations.
A cruise down the Black Sea may be quite an enriching, unforgettable experience. Who wouldn’t want to bask in the splendor of a region that marries old fashioned beauty with modern amenities? It’s a smorgasbord for the senses and is still relatively untouched by tourists, making it a romantic getaway from the daily humdrum.