How to get there and where to stay?
Those who love to read will discover that Odessa is a destination that could have come straight off the pages of a book with its architecture, history, and even its touristy sights and sounds. Add in the beaches covered with soft sand and you have a destination that you will fall in love with the moment you arrive.
Attractions and Landmarks
One of the first things you should do when arriving in Odessa is walk along the harbour. This long stroll will have you enjoying the slight breeze from the water, while you get your bearings and see how important this area is to the city.
If you still have energy to burn after your long flight, you can take a run up the Potemkin Stairs before admiring the works of art at the Museum of Modern Art. Rest and relaxation can be found on Lanzheron Beach, although, you may be lured away from the sand by the Nemo Dolphinarium that is located close by.
Architectural delights might be everywhere in Odessa, but it will be Vorontsov Palace that will capture your interest the most. This palace was constructed back in 1827, and while it is no longer used as a fortress or residence, the history lives on inside this cultural arts centre.
One of the last attractions on your list of things to do should be the Odessa Catacombs. These catacombs can be found down beneath the city and are comprised of a massive network of tunnels that are easy to get lost in. I recommend taking a tour to visit the catacombs or you may find yourself down there a lot longer than you planned!
Must try: Catacombs of Odessa Tour or The Courtyards of Old Odessa
Entertainment and Nightlife
Theatrical performances are plentiful in Odessa. You will have many different options to see them during your visit. Perhaps you will want to consider the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Or Odessa Regional Philharmonic Society, Odessa Regional Puppet Theatre, and the Urban Music Hall. There are many others if you will be staying in the area longer.
Many young people came to see the opera. Two tickets cost about 20 EUR at the balcony first floor (bought online). I am not an opera fan but the place is amazing. Me and my partner spent a nice evening with a glass of champagne and caviar.
Other entertainment options outside of the theatre realm include parachuting, go-kart racing. Even diving into the waters surrounding this beautiful part of the world. Odessa is one of the cities around the globe that never sleeps. You will want to check out one of the infamous nightclubs during your visit.
I bet you will get very hungry as you are exploring Odessa. And while you can find many different types of cuisines, you will want to taste some of the traditional dishes. Khinkali is a dumpling that is filled with different meats and herbs. It also could be found as mushrooms and cheese. While you can eat this dumpling on its own, it tastes amazing in soup too.
If you love cheese, you will want to try the brinza when you visit Odessa. This type of goat cheese is available in many different varieties and you can find them all at the local markets. If you are looking for a hearty dish, you will not need to look any further than the Odessa-Style Bouillabaisse. This broth may be found all over the world, but the locals in Odessa have put their own twist on this dish, making it a must-try.
Odessa is quite the unique destination and it shows with the attractions, landmarks, entertainment, and even the cuisine. If you are ready for something different on your next vacation, Odessa must be at the top of your list of options.