Yalta, Russia, is one of the most famous places on the Crimean peninsula. From a historical perspective, Yalta got famous for the Yalta Conference, when the leaders of the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and the United States met to discuss Europe’s post-war reorganization. For most travelers, the history is not the main reason to visit Yalta -- it has become one of the most popular beach towns for Russian and Ukrainian citizens. Nice beaches, a good nightlife, and beautiful nature are what draw many holidaymakers every summer.
There are just a few hostels in Yalta, Russia. Most of them are not in the centre, so if you do not want to deal with marshrutkas (shared mini-buses) every time you want to go somewhere interesting, your options for a Yalta, Russia hostel are limited. Most hostels in Yalta, Russia, operate in summer only. Like most other things on the Crimean coast, prices in Yalta are high for Russian standards.
Since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula in recent years, there are very few foreigners traveling to Yalta. Due to sanctions, booking engines from Europe and the USA are not allowed to let leisure travelers book a hostel in Yalta, Russia. This can be easily avoided by ticking a box that you are a business traveler or using a Russian VPN. This won’t cause any problems when checking in at the hostel in Yalta, Russia, or to your visa registration.
Despite being a small town, Yalta is not a city for which one or two days are enough. Yalta can be a holiday destination on its own, but day trips to Alupka, the swallow’s nest, and the Lividia Palace should definitely not be missed.
As the Crimean peninsula, and thus Yalta too, is now controlled by Russia, you need a Russian visa to visit Yalta. They easiest way to get to Yalta is by plane from a Russian city to Simferopol. From Simferopol airport you can take a direct trolley bus to Yalta (nearly three hours) or hire a taxi. The other option is by crossing the Crimean Bridge near Kerch from mainland Russia. Crossing the border with mainland Ukraine is not recommended.
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