8 most unobvious Russian seaside resorts
Russian citizens have long preferred a beach holiday abroad: As a rule, prices are proportional to the quality, which is not true, for example, the resorts of the Krasnodar Territory.
But the circumstances are different: someone just tired of holidays abroad or unexpectedly ended a passport - and now more and more people are trying to find new places to stay in Russia. And such a vacation is not a bus tour of the cities of the Golden Ring, Black Sea coast, and even Lake Baikal.
Here 8 is not the most obvious Russian seaside resorts, outdoor recreation that can be memorable.
The Barents Sea (the village of Long Zelentsy Kola Peninsula)
Best time to visit: March, April, July, August
Cost of living: from 3000 rubles per room
The cost of one day of diving: from 2500 rubles
Islands in the Barents Sea - domestic alternative to Galapagos. Living here for the birds - gulls, cormorants, puffins - so not spoiled by the attention of men, that willingly go on contact with tourists.
However, the rest in the area is more focused on familiarity with underwater inhabitants. The Barents Sea is very popular with under-ice diving, because here inhabited by many species: groupers and sea urchins, sea anemones and giant kelp overgrown. In the Barents Sea can meet even the king crab, which was brought here in the middle of the last century, Soviet scientists in an experiment. The experiment was a success: the crab successfully acclimatized and began to destroy the local underwater inhabitants, bringing a lot of excitement environmental organizations. The scope of some crabs claw reaches two meters, which can be quite scare inexperienced diver. However, so divers in the Barents Sea have nothing to do, as immersion in ice water requires decent preparation. Recommended level - Advanced OWD PADI, also must have a certificate Dry Suite PADI. It is worth paying attention to the fact that the weather in the Barents Sea is unstable: bright sunshine suddenly gives way to rain, fog - cold wind. But the weather is more stable underwater: 5-7 ° C in the winter, 10-14 ° C in summer.
White Sea (Island cue)
The best time to travel: July, August, September
Cost of living: 7300-10 500 rubles per person per week
Despite the apparent relationship, the island's name has nothing to do with billiards. According to legend, in the XVI century, the future Patriarch Nikon was shipwrecked and saved on this island. The first thing he asked, coming to his bank, was: "Cue this island?" - that is, "Whose is this island?" Later, at his insistence, there was postoroen Holy Cross Monastery. By the way, Nikon person so honored among the inhabitants of Kia that on the wall of the local administration office hangs a framed image is not Medvedev and Putin, and Nikon - a rarity in modern Russia.
The shape of Kiya archipelago resembles a figure eight: it is divided jumper into two roughly equal parts, to which adjoins a few minor pieces of sushi. On the island there are cue Monastery, holiday home "Kiya" and outbuildings. On the neighboring island of Pharez are ancient wooden idols. To move from one part of the archipelago to the other only twice a day at full tide - walk straight on the White Sea. It is necessary to remain vigilant and keep an eye on the wave: some tourists sometimes so fascinating local beauty that they can safely missed the tide and permanently stuck on a bare piece of land. One of the symbols of the archipelago Kiya - "Stone desires" - a hefty chunk in which the White Sea to carve a round hole. To wish come true, you need to do a ritual: to climb through the hole, while not stuck in it, blow, spit and say the magic words (their secret usually reported local guide).
Sandy beaches on the island only two. But really swim in the sea from the heart does not work - the water temperature even in the summer months does not exceed 8-9 ° C. After a short dipping offer tourists a warm up by the fire with a cup of tea with blueberry jam.
Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan (Sakhalin Island)
The best time to travel: August, September
Cost of living: from 1500 rubles per room
Cost of the tour: from 47 000 rubles for 9 days
The largest Russian island of Sakhalin is washed by the Japan and Okhotsk seas. On the bank of the latter stands a modern sports complex "Aquamarine" in which there is seafood restaurant, which serves immediately caught exotic reptiles: crab-hair-worm, Japanese eels, sea urchin.
On Sakhalin, it makes sense to the traditional beach holiday (it is possible) to prefer a trip to the format of eco-tourism: tents, food on the fire, many hours of hiking on local trails. All of this takes place under the supervision of turinstruktora since the terrain for the most part consists of natural parks and protected areas, and to travel without a skilled attendant is not Refer a.
On the east coast of Sakhalin Island in the Gulf of Patience is a quiet bay, where you can marvel at the rookery of seals and find amber which regularly emit waves in the Sea of Okhotsk. Moneron on the island in the Tatar bay, connecting the Sea of Okhotsk and the Sea of Japan, tourists spend on mountain trails to the lighthouse, which is located next to the ancient Japanese well. The water is still not decreasing and has a salty taste due to the abundance of minerals. The water in the seas around Sakhalin Island and the adjacent islands, very clean, rich flora and fauna, so for the life of sea creatures can be seen with the naked eye, standing at the edge of the surf. So that fans of diving will not be bored here.
Sea of Japan (Kos Nazimova)
The best time to travel: August
Cost of living: from 1500 rubles per house
The narrow portion land length of 7 km and a width of 100 m, which is given away in the Sea of Japan, called Oblique Nazimov. It separates the bay from the Bay Expedition Reid Pallas. Bay were discovered by the crew of the frigate "Pallada" on board in the middle of the XIX century, travel around the world Russian writer Ivan Goncharov.
You have to be prepared that will have on holiday himself largely limited to: tiny summer houses two to three meters, gas stoves, shared toilet, hot water is available only in the evening. If most are not prepared to hand, the owners of the camp sites are ready to provide three meals a day for 600 rubles per person per day.
Frequent guests of spit Nazimova - kitesurfers. Drive through the waves behind a kite, they come here in the autumn, when the wind direction and strength can be predicted more accurately. However, there is always the risk of the whole holiday or to hide in the tent of the hurricane gusts, or bored with complete calm. In that case, Primor offers other entertainment. For example, near the Spit is Nazimova bay Sivuchya where southeasterly winds in summer raise high waves, it is suitable for traditional surfing. For a nominal 200 rubles boat can take to the rookeries of fur seals. And in mid-August can be a car to get to places lotuses bloom.
Baltic Sea (Baltic Spit)
Best time to visit: April, June, August, September
Cost of living: 400-800 rubles per room
Baltic braid 65 km long is divided approximately equally between Russia and Poland. In the summer months on the Polish part of the spit is full of tourists, and that you can spend your vacation on the Russian side, know for the most part only the residents of the Kaliningrad Region. From the nearest city - Baltic - ferry on the spit, which can carry not only about a hundred people, but also about a dozen cars.
The path from the dock to the tourist center "Vistula Spit" goes past the disused aircraft hangars: in the mid-thirties of the last century on the Vistula Spit was Noytif German airfield, from which survived dilapidated brick buildings and runways. From the coastal slopes everywhere look out ramshackle grounds grounds for coastal defense guns, and sand come across rusty sleeve.
The main advantage of the Vistula Spit in comparison to the resort towns of the Kaliningrad region - the almost complete absence of tourists. The number of local residents only 1200 people. This place does not have to fight on the beach, however, and no entertainment other than swimming, sunbathing and walking, is not expected. If you want to have fun, you can go to Svetlogorsk, Zelenogradsk, Amber and even in Kaliningrad - fortunately, here the distance by Russian standards funny.
The Caspian Sea (Derbent)
The best time to travel: July, August, September
Cost of living: from 1300 rubles per room
Scientific fact: The Caspian Sea is actually the world's largest lake. But on its shore is one of the oldest cities in Russia - Derbent. Thinking about holiday in Derbent, you need to be aware of the fact that a trip to Dagestan, where from time to time carried out the operation to eliminate militants, linked to a specific risk. However, stories that aeropota from Makhachkala to Derbent driven, accompanied by armored personnel carriers, and over the beach in the sky burst shells, pretty exaggerate. However, simple measures you need to follow precautions. It is said that in recent years the Caspian Sea has been moving to the city, and great risk that soon will become the glory of Derbent Dagestan Venice. Therefore, it is too late, it is necessary to explore the local dostoprimechtalnosti. In particular, an ancient city famous Iranian citadel Naryn- Kala, in whose territory the vintage Khan bath and prison zindan which is underground in the form of jug bag whose mouth is closed lattice and sloping walls do not allow the prisoner escape. Remove the bodies from the prison in the habit of the inhabitants of the fortress was not included, so that the prisoners had to while away the rest of my days in their company. Modern tourists, however, the underground chambers of horror do not inspire, and they just throw a coin there.
You can also look for a tour of the local Brandy Company and relax in its tasting room. cognac sold in gift packs for the price of 350 rubles per bottle in the company store. Nearby, in particular tents, the same cognac can be purchased at a lower price - it pritorgovyvayut factory workers dissatisfied with the size of the salary. And all this in two steps from the beautiful and warm Caspian Sea.
White sea (village Lower Pulonga)
Best time to visit: March, July, August, September
Cost of living: 17 500-25 000 rubles per person per cottage
Tourism business for the White Sea coast began to build in the time of Peter I. The inhabitants of the surrounding villages, who owned small areas of the beach, visitors passed small rooms or corners in their homes. Since even in the summer months, the White Sea was cold, local craftsmen have invented something like a hot pool: at the water's edge to build wooden houses with a fireplace and the boiler for heating water. Thus, to take the sea baths can be day and night, not fearing to catch pneumonia. Now the White Sea coast is a very well-organized resort area. Cottage settlement "Pulonga" offers rooms with sea views, a personal guide and entertainment. The restaurant menu - dishes of Russian and Karelian cuisine: cod milk soup with rhubarb and cabbage sauerkraut.
In recent years, the main attraction of tourists is a visit to visit a beluga. To swim with them, you have to be over 15 years old and taller than one and a half meters. Those who are under these parameters is not suitable, can look a little show and feed beluga fish on board the vessel.
In winter, the White Sea freezes, and tourists will ride on the snow-covered surface on snowmobiles and sleds.
Bering, Chukchi and East Siberian Sea (Chukotka)
The best time to travel: August, September
Cost of living: from 2200 rubles per room
Rest in Chukotka difficult in the first place is not cold, and access to the region. Chukotka Autonomous Region is part of the border area, so to get there, you need a permit. The order of the tour automatically implies that the registration of such permits will be engaged in the agency. But to go to Chukotka yourself, you must send your application to the commander of the local military unit, which, incidentally, may be denied the right of entry.
In case of success in overcoming bureaucratic obstacles tourists expect different types of recreation. For example, it is possible with the aircraft transfer to the ship and go on a cruise to the northern seas with the landing in the Bay of Gabriel, the Commander Islands and the island of Yttygran Island. On the latter is the so-called Whale lane - dug into the ground rows of skulls and jaws of bowhead whales. Local residents, for whom the whale meat is a staple at the same time revered whales for caregivers. And arranged in their honor in the midst of hunting season festivities. Chukotka is no rail link, so the move in the region are committed mostly either on snowmobiles or helicopters, or dog sledding. However, the population of the Chukchi huskies in recent years has decreased markedly, so to get to know them, have to go to one of the remote Inuit settlements - for example, in the Whalen, which is known all over the world bone carving workshop. Here you can buy souvenirs: Eskimo tambourine stands for the phone out of the intervertebral disc and whale figurine of a walrus penis.