The most important city on the Crimean peninsula is also the biggest travel hub – the buses departing from the main bus station take tourists to famous destinations like beautiful Yalta and Feodosia. Although most of the visitors are passing through, Simferopol is worth a lazy stopover.
The monument to the Aivazovsky brothers at Sovetskaya Square has an identical twin near the Radio Market. Nobody seems to know why.
The city is much older than it seems and full of history: for proof check the curious archaeological finds at the Museum of Tavria and the ruins of Naples-Skifsky. There is even an impressive Paleolithic caveman dwelling called Chokurcha – in mint condition and open to the public. The peaceful green parks are perfect for surviving the summer heat: have an afternoon nap by the pond at Gagarin Park, once popular among aristocrats, or meet Russian fairytale characters in the children's fun park.