Odessa, Ukraine is a wonderful city on the Black Sea in the southern part of Ukraine. If you are on this site, then you probably already know that Odessa Ukraine is known for its beautiful Ukrainian girls. However, there is so much more to see than just the beautiful Ukrainian girls. First of all, Odessa celebrated its 218th birthday this year. April First is ‘The Day of Humor’. Hoards of people come into the center, Deribosivskaya Street, and the City Garden in costumes and play pranks on each other. Potemkin Steps number 192 steps, finished in 1841, they give an illusion of grandeur as one looks out into the Black Sea and the industrial port. The architecture of the city is grandiose to say the least if you are into classic European architecture and worth a stroll around. However, the grandest architectural structure in Odessa is the Odessa Opera House and Ballet Theater located in the center of the city. Nearby, there is beautiful Primorsky Boulevard which is a two lane walkway devoid of cars along the Sea Port, connecting Potemkin Steps and City Hall which is only about 300 meters from the Opera House.
Laokoon is a gorgeous sculpture in front of the Archeological Museum. Laokoon is the famous Greek Pagan Priest. A statue is also located in Washington as well as in the Vatican. City Hall is situated at one end of Primorsky Boulevard with classic Greek Columns lining the entrance. The Philharmonic Orchestra is located on Bunina Street at the corner of Pushkinskaya. Then, there is the Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral, a.k.a. as the Nikolayev Church, built the year after Odessa was founded in 1795 on Sabornaya Square. Of course, outside of Odessa in a small town about an hour away from the center of Odessa lies the ruins of a medieval castle at Belgorod Dnestrovsky.
The main street inside of the downtown area of Odessa Ukraine is called Deribosivskaya. There are no cars allowed on this street and there are plenty of great restaurants and the famous City Garden which hosts many parades, shows, and gatherings all year long. My recommendation is walking from Deribosivskaya down Ekaterininskaya Street past the Queen Ekaterininskaya statue and to the Potemkin Steps. The ambiance, atmosphere, and hoards of people in the summer time makes this area the hub of all of the high energy during the day and early evening in Odessa.
Overall, Odessa, Ukraine is a splendid city of hidden treasures existing as one of the busiest port cities in and around this part of Eastern Europe. It is the largest summer tourist destination for Russian speaking people as it was estimated that Odessa hosted more than 1.2 million visitors in the summer of 2011. Odessa Ukraine