This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Bakhchysarai. To help you make friends with Bakhchysarai before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Bakhchisaray, a town between Simferopol and Sevastopol, has good connections to other cities in Crimea by bus and car. The nearest beach is about forty kilometers away and there are many buses that go there. A stop for a few days is optimal. However, its sights are quite interesting and not far from each other. Visit the Eski Yurt, the Chufut-Kale, the Tahtali-Jami Mosque, the Uspensky Cave Monastery, and do not miss the only intact Palace of Crimean Khans (entrance price is also not very expensive). The palace dates back from the sixteenth century and is very well preserved; there is a big mosque with two minarets, a harem, and gardens inside the palace complex. The Uspensky Cave Monastery is in a cave on cliff near Bakhchisaray and it was closed during the Soviet rule but now is reopened for tourists.
Your options for hostels in Bakhchisaray are limited, but the prices are low and you will be located in the outskirts of the city, surrounded by a very beautiful natural environment. Unlike most Crimean hostels, there are Bakhchisaray hostels which operate all year long. You may need to walk a bit to go to the sights or take a bus (but these can be very crowded).
There are enough places to eat out but if you are after nightlife, then you need to jump to Sevastopol or Simferopol (Sevastopol is better in the summer, Simferopol is better during the rest of the year). If you go to Simferopol from Sevastopol or vice versa, Bakhchisaray is a good stop on the way.
Written by local enthusiast for Bakhchysarai hostelsGeorge Traveller