Crimea is a peninsula on the northern shores of the Black Sea attached to the mainland by a narrow isthmus and a bridge.

Seen by some as Russia and by others as Ukraine, what is sure is that the semi-island is a true gem that most foreign tourists think inaccessible and dangerous to visit in 2024. Wrong!

Crimea has a rich and diverse history, with influences from Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman cultures. Throughout the centuries, it has been a coveted prize for conquerors and empires, from the Mongols to the Russians. This history has left an indelible mark on the region, with ancient ruins, fortresses, and palaces dotting the landscape.

The peninsula is also known for its stunning natural beauty, with rugged mountains, pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters. Whether you’re interested in history, outdoor, or culture, Crimea has something to offer every traveler.

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Quick overview
  • Population : about 240 000 
  • Minorities : Russians, Tatars, Ukrainians and Karaite Jews
  • Capital : Simferopol
  • Religions : Christian Orthodoxy, Sunni Islam, & Karaite Judaism
  • Protected areas : Crimea Nature Reserve, Yalta Mountain-Forest Nature Reserve, Kazantypskyi Nature Reserve, Swan Islands Nature Reserve, Opuksky Nature Reserve
  • Must try food : Cheburek, Rapanas, wine
  • Best time to visit : summer
  • Border crossing : the border with Ukraine is closed. One can only access Crimea from Russia, via the Crimean Bridge.

Is it possible to visit Crimea in 2024 ?

Most governments advice against all travel to Crimea but yes it is totally possible to visit from Russia.

It is legal to enter Crimea from Russia ?

Ukraine and the international community consider the entry to Crimea from Russia illegal. Russia considers it legal.

Is it safe to travel to Crimea ?

Yes and No. Governments advice against travelling to Crimea as they are unable to provide consular assistance. However there is no ongoing flighting on Crimean territory.