Odesa (rus. Odessa) is a city located on the Black Sea coast of Ukraine, a major cultural, scientific, and resort center, an important traffic hub of the Southern Ukraine. It has the largest port in the country. In terms of population Odesa is ranked third in the country.
Black Sea beaches as well as curative mud and mineral water springs attract many tourists to Odesa. The resort area of Odesa stretches for tens of kilometers on the Black Sea coast. The total length of the coastline of Odesa is 30 km. The beaches spread to nearly 20 km.
Except the resort area, Odesa has many beautiful parks and streets. Walking in downtown Odesa you’ll never get bored. The most noticeable place is the Potemkin Stairs – the famous staircase which connects downtown with the City port and is considered as a formal “entrance to Odesa”. Another beautiful place is Odesa Opera House. It’s famous for its architecture which makes it one of the nicest buildings in Europe.
Another kind of “attraction” is “The Seventh Kilometer Clothing market”. It’s the largest shopping complex of this kind in Eastern Europe.
If to speak about transport, Odesa is served by trams, trolley-buses, buses, route taxis (“marshrutka”). Also there are a funicular, a ropeway, some city boats. The City has the international airport “Odesa”. There are regular flights to Vienna, Tel-Aviv, Istanbul, Athens, Aleppo, Larnaka, Moscow, Kiev, Kishinev, Yerevan, Tbilisi, Prague and other cities of Europe and Asia. Trains go from Odessa to Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, major cities of Ukraine and many other cities of the former USSR. There are regular bus connections between Odesa and Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Pyatigorsk, Germany (Berlin, Hamburg and Munich), Greece (Thessaloniki and Athens), Bulgaria (Varna and Sofia) and a number of Ukrainian and European cities. Passenger ships and ferries run between Odesa and Istanbul, Haifa, Varna.
I should also mention unique Odesa drivers. They follow only one rule – the right driver is the one who’s car is more expensive. Owners of expensive luxury-tuned cars consider their duty to park on sidewalks, pedestrian areas, drive on the opposite lane. And if a car is not only expensive but also powerful, its powers should always be demonstrated together with driving skills. If you walk down the City streets you can watch some “crazy” races, especially at night.