Sevastopol is a very interesting city to visit, full of World War II monuments (the Totleben Monument, the Black Sea Fleet Museum, the Sunken Ships Monument), as it was a stage for some of the fiercest battles in that war. People here are proud of Sevastopol’s WWII experience. Its location makes it very important and even today the headquarters of both Russian and Ukrainian Black Sea Fleet are located there. There are a lot of navy and military officers in Sevastopol and it is a main port on the Black Sea. However, the beach in Sevastopol is not great, so you need to travel about fifteen kilometers to reach a nice, sandy beach.
There are many options for Sevastopol hostels (most only open in the summer); though they are not cheap, you can enjoy the great location as most are in the very center, close to McDonald's (which is a good landmark as everyone knows it -- there are many monuments, and tourists get confused with their Russian names and locals do not understand the English translations). Everything is written in Russian, so basic understanding of Cyrillic is very, very essential. Most people do not speak English so you will almost surely have some language trouble.
Public transportation is cheap, but not very comfortable; the train station is about six kilometers from the city and you will need a bus or taxi to get to your Sevastopol hostel. Train connections apart from close distances are not very convenient, but you have connections to other Ukrainian cities, as well to Moscow and St. Petersburg (many people in Sevastopol are of Russian descent). When staying in Sevastopol, be sure to visit nearby Balaklava, Bakhchisaray, Alupka, and Yalta.
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