As with any large city, there is always plenty to keep the visitor busy. In the case of Odessa, Ukraine, the proximity of the port and the Black Sea beaches is an additional bonus, offering plenty for the visitor to Odessa to do, especially during the hot summer months when the beaches can get quite crowded. Apart from the beaches, however, there is a wealth of other activities to keep you busy.
Shopping in Odessa
If you are the kind of person who loves to shop then Odessa, Ukraine has everything you need to fulfil all your expectations of your Odessa travel experiences. In fact, to get the most out of your shopping experience, make sure you are renting an apartment in Odessa city center. Deribasovskaya Street is the absolute heart of ‘all things shopping’!
At least when you are loaded down with bags you can be back at your apartment within minutes. In fact, you will have time to offload your bags, have a reviving cuppa and be back in the stores within the hour. Apart from Deribasovskaya Street there are also the large, modern shopping malls such as Athena and the mall at Grecheskaya Ploschad.
Then, of course, there is the established market that belongs to a rich tapestry of clientele and traders, the Privoz Market. Many people enjoy that special ambience only experienced at a market. If that is you, then you cannot possibly spend time in Odessa, Ukraine without allowing yourself a day to browse throughout this very extensive market: you certainly won’t regret it, but remember your purchases need to be limited to your airline’s luggage allowance for your trip home!
Odessa, Ukraine enjoys the sort of climate that lends itself to wanting to be out of doors. This is especially the case in the summer when gentle breezes provide a welcome relief from the heat of the sun. The air enjoyed by those in Odessa Ukraine has been recognised as a positive health factor due to the cleanliness of the air quality as well as being particularly dry. If you are in the city center it is well worth visiting the City Garden to laze around and catch a few rays.
It is easy to reach, even for those caught up in the thralls of shopping as the main entrance to the City Garden is close to Deribasovskaya Street. Plenty of benches have been scattered about amongst the trees as well as a gazebo in the center and lots of minor paths to meander along.
District of Arcadia
Arcadia really comes into its own during the months of summer. At any other time many of the shops, restaurants and nightclubs are closed, some looking tired and tawdry as Business in Ukraine they await a fresh coat of paint ready for the next season. There are plenty of sandy beaches alongside the Black Sea. These can get quite busy during the summer, despite the miles of coastline. Those beaches closest to the city are the busiest; the further you go along the coast, the quieter they become. If you don’t fancy getting sand between your toes, head for the private swimming pool towards the end of the boulevard. This pool is the perfect place for families to get together as it is particularly family orientated. There are plenty of for rent that you can find there
Odessa has Too Much to Do
This really is the problem! Odessa, Ukraine really does have so much for the visitor to do that you will either feel spoiled for choice or, alternatively, feel overwhelmed by the enormous choice available and end up doing very little. The best advice would be to organise a written itinerary, worked out with a street map of the city of Odessa, Ukraine in front of you and a timetable of all the buses, trams and trolley buses: that way you can plan each day and manage to fill it completely. It is too easy to get up in the morning and just laze around your apartment all morning, just frittering the time away doing very little. If you actually factor in doing very little, then you will get the most out of your Odessa travel.