With health retreats lacing the shore, Odessa once was a popular recreational town by the Black Sea. Today it has grown into a big city, but the relaxed spirit remains unspoiled. What really makes Odessa something out of the ordinary is the locals. If you are lucky and speak some Russian, you will likely be laughing your head off in the taxi, tram or at the market. The locals' ironic attitude and flamboyant behaviour has made it to the history books. And even with no great insights to the Russian language, you will soon pick up the feel and appreciate the beauty of the sea, blooming magnolias and famous buildings like the Bristol Hotel and Opera Theatre.
The paving stones in Deribasovskaya Street were made out of lava from Italy’s Mt. Vesuvius two centuries ago.
Tempting smells of homemade garlic sausages and other glorious food will lure you into the famous bazaar Privoz, where the delightful food is downright enchanting. So enchanting that even the picky Moscow crowd come here to feast.