Simferopol is known as the capital city of Crimea, the transport hub, the political and economic center of Crimea. It is also an exotic tourist spot. Located in the south-most middle of Crimea, this city is full of attractive destinations to make a perfect holiday. People also visit Simferopol for the study purpose as it has several universities of a high reputation: first of all, Tavrida National University and Crimean State Medical University.
Simferopol is situated on the banks of the Salgir River emerging from the Crimean Mountains. The Crimean Mountain range is easily accessible from Simferopol; thus, providing a fantastic opportunity for outdoor adventures – like mountaineering, hiking and trekking. One can find a number of good travel agencies that organize guided tours, trekking programs, excursions and sight-seeing in Simferopol.
Simferopol has a rich historical background. It was once a home to native Crimean Tartars who called this city as Aqmescit or AkMechet or “The White Mosque”. The history of Simferopol even dates back to 3rd century BC when it was inhibited by Scythians. The Scythian Neapol, which is the ancient remnant of the Scythian reign, still exists in Simferopol and is a good option for sight-seeing. There are other places like Saint Troitsky Monastery, that are also worthy to watch.
The Crimean Mountain ranges near to Simferopol are known for its richness in the depth of flora. One can find a lot of pine, peach and oak trees in these ranges. Tourists love to trek on the forest pathways and get engrossed by the nature. There are also remnants of interesting ancient cave-dwellings dating back to Middle Ages of Europe, that were once inhabited by the Jews and other kinds of colonies. Magnup-Kale is such a cave city situated near Simferopol. The ancient dwellers used these caves for storage and military units or as tombs, prisons. Other interesting cave-dwellings found near Simferopol are Chufut-Kale and Eski-Kerman. Though it is officially banned, there are some people who stay in these caves for weeks, performing Yoga or Meditation. They claim that they get a mystical relaxation in these ancient cave-dwellings.
The largest city of Crimea, Simferopol is also the transport hub to various destinations within Ukraine as well as internationally. It has the only international airport in Crimea – Simferopol State International Airport. The time chart can be found in many websites. Simferopol has the biggest train station of Crimea. Every year millions of travelers go through Simferopol to the Crimean resorts and other travel locations of Crimea. It has also well-laid out road route to the southern coastal cities of Crimea. The train tickets are pretty cheap in Ukraine, costing around $ 20 for an overnight train. We bet you heard of Yalta, – the most well-known resort city of Crimea. Simferopol and Yalta are also known for the longest in Europe trolleybus line, that connects these two Crimean cities – Simferopol and Yalta. The whole route is laid amid the scenic locations of the Crimean Mountain range.
Simferopol has world class institutes and universities that teach a variety of subjects, including Russian language, medicine, agriculture and many others. Every year lots of students come to Simferopol for their studies, as Crimea and Ukraine have visa-free regime for US and EU citizens. Simferopol is also the economic and administrative center of Crimea, thus is crowded by all class of travelers all the year round.