Anapa from aboveLegion Media
After arriving by coach from Krasnodar (a
The city beach is for free - as you can see...Roman Denisov/Global Look Press
From the bus station to the beach it’s a
Right behind the big “Golden Beach” adventure
Anapa was a popular vacationing spot when the Russian Empire existed. After the Russian-Turkish War (1828-1829) the city became part of the empire and a favorite holiday and health resort. Along the wide bay around
Sanatorium "Brigantina", Anapa/USSR, 1982Boris Kavashkin/TASS
In 1900 Anapa’s first sanatorium was built. In Soviet times the city became the main health resort for children. All along the bay were built different health camps for children from the Soviet Pioneer movement. Many Russians know Anapa from their youth and now they visit the place with the own children and grandchildren.
Gorgippia archeological museum-reserveLionMistim
“A nightmare!” you might think. But about 500 meters further on the beach becomes more peaceful (but also stonier) while beyond the loud music and smell of meat there’s a truly unique sight you have to see: The ruins of the time-honored city of Gorgippia.
Amphora from Rhodes Island (3-2nd centuries BC) after restoration, Gorgippia archeological museum-reserveYuryi Abramochkin/Sputnik
Here you’ll find Hellenistic fragments on tombs and graves harking back to the ancient Greeks - these artifacts are shown in the archeological museum next to Gorgippia’s ruins in Anapa’s city center.
Artefacts from ancient timesAfonin
Gorgippia was founded between 400 and 500 BC, but in 300 AD it was destroyed by the Goths. Thanks to its port which facilitated trade between the west and east, the city was rebuilt more than once. In the 13th
Hellenistic art in today's Russia, Gorgippia archeological museum-reservePeggy Lohse
A century later the Turks reigned supreme here and gave the city its contemporary name: Anapa.
The Turkish fortress Anapa was known as a huge slave marketBritish Library
Gorgippia archeological museum-reservePeggy Lohse
"I love Anapa!" And you will love it too!Peggy Lohse
You can continue your history trip through Anapa in the local History Museum. Here you will get to know why the huge old stone gate in the city was coined the “Russian Gate” by the Turks and how the city operated as a Turkish fortress.
The "Russian Gate" in Anapa was bild by the Turkish rulersPeggy Lohse
And for nature lovers, not far away from the city lies the perfect place to relax away from the crowded beach and its bloody history: The Vityazovo pit and Anapa dunes. Here you can visit the beach tourism center next to the Black Sea. You won’t regret it.
The Vityazovo pit and Anapa dunesYuriy75
How to get there?
Anapa is located about 170 km south of Krasnodar on the Black Sea coast between the marine city of Novorossiysk and the vacation resorts of Gelendzhik, Sotchi, and Adler.
A road trip by car along the coast will take you to the most beautiful places of the warm and sunny Russian South!
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