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Odesa is Ukraine’s most charming city. Anyone who arguesotherwise has never been to Odesa, has never strolled itscaptivating streets nor broken bread with its jovial citizens. Asa tribute to its appeal, eight cities in the US, two in Canada andone in Brazil were named Odessa. There’s also Lake Odessaand even Odessa the planet somewhere out there in thecosmos. However, none of these tributes shine as vibrantly as Odesa, Ukraine: The Pearl of the Black Sea.Throughout its history Odesa has lured travellers, artists,poets, entrepreneurs and radical dissidents. The city was founded in 1794 by Catherine the Great, who realised that a port on the Black Sea was essential for the expansion of the Russian Empire. It was not erected on empty ground,however. Archaeological findings have revealed the existenceof an ancient Greek settlement. The Kyivan Rus, the GoldenHorde, Lithuanians, Ottomans, Tatars and Poles also madeuse of Odesa’s ideal location. The area ultimately fell intoRussian hands during the Russo-Turkish War (1787-1791),and was later annexed under the Treaty of Jassy in 1792.Unlike many of its contemporary Russian cities, the constructionof Odesa was well planned. Duc de Richelieu, a French dissident who served in the Russian Army and later became one of the city’s first governors, is credited as the city’s visionary designer. The city boomed throughout the 19th century, and attracted an incredibly diverse population. By the beginning of the 20th century, Odesahad become the third most important city in the Russian Empirebehind St. Petersburg and Moscow. It continued to thrive during Soviet industrial expansion, and by the mid 1950’s had becomeone of the world’s richest grain harbours.Although Odesa has been a sun, surf and relaxation destina-tion for as long as anyone can remember, the city has really caught the buzz as of late. New restaurants, bars, clubs,hotels and resorts keep popping up to meet the demand of enthused tourists and adventurers drawn by this fascinating cultural centre nestled right up next to the beach.We are proud to offer this guide designed to highlight the very best Odesa has to offer. You may view additional content andleave comments at www.inyourpocket.com.
Central Bus Station
is located at Kolontayivskoi vul. 58.The station is currently undergoing repairs scheduled to becompleted…well, no one knows for sure, but not soon. Despitethe mess, it continues to function and the bus you need will most likely arrive to or depart from the central station. Bus schedules,ticketing booths (
) and an information bureau are available.All information is in Russian only, but don’t be afraid to expressyourself in English. Odesians, especially those who speak Eng-lish, enjoy coming to the aid of disoriented travellers. For informa-tion on existing routes and routing status visit the bus system’swebsite www.bus.com.ua (in Russian only). You can also order tickets to routes designated with a red tick. If you chooseto order online, don’t forget to specify desired destination.
When entering the country by car, foreigners are required tosign a document at the border swearing that they will bring thecar out of the country before a certain date. Foreign cars areallowed on Ukrainian soil for a maximum of two months. Thisdocument should be carried along with your driver’s licenseand your car’s registration papers at all times. Automobileinsurance is obligatory in Ukraine. It may be possible to buy green card insurance valid for Ukraine in your home country toavoid problems - if not you must purchase it from the Ukrainiancompany at the border. The latter might cost less than the former, however if you don’t speak Ukrainian or Russian it iseasy to get deceived by border officials and buy something which is totally useless. The minimum term of insurance istwo weeks, with prices depending on the size of the engine.
Odesa International Airport
is located approximately 10 km from centre. For domestic arrivals, the shuttle bus picks youup from the plane and dumps you by a steel gate next to themain terminal where a gauntlet of underhanded taxi driversawaits. For international arrivals and departures and domesticdepartures proceed to the main terminal. There are two cur-rency exchange booths, an ATM, airline representatives, a café and an information booth (deserted both times we were there)in the terminal’s main hall. Toilets are located in the basement.Customs staff and many of the taxi drivers speak English.
to centre is unreasonably expensive; even experi-enced hagglers can expect to pay a minimum of
.Car rental might be a better option and is available in themain hall. Your cheapest option is
bus or minibus
. Fares tocentre are less than
. As you exit the main terminal, look to the right. The bus stop is across the parking lot. Two busesand a couple of minibuses depart at regular intervals. Bus129 goes to the rail station, and 101 stops at Hrets’ka pl.Minibus 113 heads to Paustovs’koho and 117 to Pastera. Also tothe right, as you exit the main terminal is a VIP lounge. The airport is small and unassuming, but if you happen to get confused or lost don’t hesitate to ask airport staff or one of the locals for assistance. Odesians have a tradition of service and are moreopen and jolly than citizens of other major ex-Soviet cities.
Odesa’s rail station
is the end of the line. Fortunately for you,you’re already in centre.
to any centre location shouldn’t cost more than
, but as you are a foreigner you face anuphill battle getting a just fare. If you walk a short distance from the train station (a prime location valued higher by cab-bies) and flag down a car you’re sure to get better treatment.Minibuses, buses and trams headed to centre and other points depart from the train station and adjacent bazaar.Keep in mind that you’re just a short walk from numeroushotels, restaurants, shops and cafés.
Odesa Tourist Information Centre
G-2,Pushkinska 2 (entrance from Lanz-heronivska), tel. (+380) 48 709 46 91/(+380) 48 725 07 07/(+380) 48 725 24 24, www.odessatourism.org.
Open 10:00 - 19:00.
Tourist Info Centre
B-4,Italiys’kyi bulv. 11, tel.(+380) 48 731 48 08, www.go2odessa.ru.
This of- fice was the first and one of only a handful entire Odesa.Staff can book anything - hotels, all kinds of tickets andcity tours.
Open 09:00 - 18:00.
Free Tours Odessa & Tourist InformationCenter
F-2, Havanna 10, City Garden, tel. (+380)48) 794-65-89, (+380) 94 95 095 89.
Open10:00 - 19:00.
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Dear Reader,I am delighted to invite youto visit Odesa – the city of unlimited impressions.Our city and its region will furnish you with an unforget-table holiday, whatever your interests, at any time of year.After all, it has been a major destination for travellers for over 200 years and it has always looked after its guestswith exceptional hospitality.Odesa is justly renowned for its rich and varied culture,charming boulevards, delightful architecture and superbcuisine. Add to these the sunny beaches, world-classtheatres and galleries, al fresco cafes, lively night clubs,impressive museums, outstanding nature reserves,restorative health spas … well indeed there is really something for everyone.You can never be a stranger in Odesa. Our citizens aredrawn from a multitude of nations and we are proud of our city and its cosmopolitan way of life. We would liketo share with you the unique atmosphere of Odessa andwant you to become a part of our community, however briefly.So come and visit us soon – you will be accorded awarm welcome in our special, exciting, wonderful and forever youthful city!Sincerely,Mayor of OdesaAleksey Kostusev
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