When is the best time to fly to Simferopol?
The summer months of June to August are popular with Russian, Ukrainian and international visitors, and though it can be hot and humid, it is the busiest period in Simferopol. The spring months of March to May or autumn from September to November are pleasant alternatives, and it is still relatively mild though less busy. Choosing the best time to visit is a matter of preference, and though winters can be cold and wet, attractions like the city centre open air skating rink at Kuibyshev market and festive celebrations in the churches and shopping centres make Simferopol an excellent choice for Christmas or New Year breaks.
November to February is the cheapest time to take a break in Simferopol as the cost of accommodation and flights is lower over the winter months. However, you can find great deals on cheap flights at other times of the year, and it is worth looking at shoulder season times like March to May or October and November. Summer is the most expensive time to visit Simferopol.
Simferopol is the capital of the state of Crimea and is close to Ukraine and the beautiful Black Sea coast. Interestingly, the city is famous for having the world's longest trolley bus route, and the service covers an incredible 54 miles (87 km) from Simferopol to Alushta and Yalta on the coast.
The city has lots of unique landmarks, and one of the most unusual is its train station, As well as being one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in the country, the station is an essential stop for visitors who climb its 137 foot (42 m) high clock tower to discover a hidden treasure. The top of the building is a replica of an ancient temple with all the features including beautiful white columns built to scale, and it also offers exceptional views over the city.
If you're interested in culture, history and the arts, then Simferopol is the perfect destination. There are dozens of excellent galleries and museums to choose from, covering a wide range of interests. The Simferopol Art Museum has an extensive collection of over 7,000 works, including over 80 pictures from Aachen Museum.
Discover more about the history of Simferopol and the Crimean Peninsula at the aptly named Museum of the History of Simferopol. An impressive collection of artefacts and exhibits covers all aspects of life in Simferopol, and part of the museum is a recreation of the now closed European Hotel.
Lenin Square in the heart of Simferopol is the place to be in the evening. Skateboarders come to show off their skills and the square is the venue for live concerts and local events. It's the ideal opportunity to meet locals and get a taste for everyday life in Simferopol.
Do take a look at some of the wonderful churches in Simferopol, including the Church of St. Alexander Nevsky which is considered to be one of the city's most beautiful buildings, and Three Saints Church with its 5 domes.
Visit the Scythian Neapolis on the outskirts of Simferopol to see the remains of the ancient capital city of the Crimean Scythian people who inhabited the local areas from around 3BC to 4AD. If you prefer more modern pursuits, the Salon du Chocolat at ul. Kirova 66 in Simferopol is certain to appeal to the whole family and boasts several permanent exhibits in chocolate, including a chocolate Eiffel Tower.
Simferopol is friendly and lively, and is the main centre of trade and commerce in the Crimea region. Try Crimean Tatar cuisine in the many restaurants or stroll along the scenic banks of the Salhir River which runs through the city. Simferopol also has impressive parks and gardens, and is within easy reach of Black Sea resorts such as Yalta.