Simferopol Ukraine is the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Southern Ukraine, and is one of the most important commercial and cultural centers of the Crimean peninsula. The city has an incredibly rich heritage, from the archaeological remains of the Scythian town of Neapol, which was founded in the third century B.C., to the remnants of the Crimean Tatars, a Turkic Islamic people, who dominated the peninsula until the eighteenth century when the Crimean Khanate was annexed by Russia. Today, the city is a popular destination for Simferopol travel, with flights to Simferopol routed through its International Airport, a major hub for the region.
Getting to and around Simferopol Ukraine is quite easy, as it is a central stop for airlines in the Crimean peninsula. Flights to Simferopol arrive at Simferopol International Airport. Major train lines connect Simferopol to many large cities, including Odessa and Sevastopol, another popular tourist town in the Crimea. On Ukraine International Airlines there are two daily flights arriving from Kiev, and on Turkish International Airlines there is a daily flight from Istanbul. For cheap flights to Simferopol, look for low-cost carriers such as Wizz Air. From the airport, a range of public transportation is available, from taxis to trolley buses to minivans. Do not be fooled by unscrupulous taxi drivers who insist there is no other way into the city center.
Once you've reached the downtown heart of Simferopol Ukraine, you're free to take a look around. Marshutka, or minibuses, are a cheap and convenient way to get around and can take you around the whole city. Don't miss taking a ride on the electric trolley bus though, the trolley bus line is the longest in the world, extending more than 50 miles and taking you all the way to Yalta, a city on the Black Sea coast and home to historic sites such as the Livadia Palace.
To glimpse some of Simferopol Crimea's heritage as a possession of the Crimean Tatars, visit the oldest building in the city, Kebir-Gami Mosque, which was built in 1502. Although today the Crimean Tatars are a minority in the city, they once dominated Simferopol, before they were forcibly exiled by Joseph Stalin's government after the Second World War. Some Crimean Tatars are slowly returning and resettling in Simferopol, creating some tension as they try to reclaim their confiscated properties.
There are also numerous beautiful churches you can visit on Simferopol travel. Not far from the Kebir-Gabi Mosque is the Sts Peter and Pavel Cathedral, with its onion-shaped domes. It was built in the mid-1800s. You may also want to see the Svyato-Troizky Cathedral, with two beautiful cupolas and a painting of the crucifixion on its façade. The Aleksandr Nevsky Cathedral is another interesting building, combining Eastern European bulbous domes with classical Greek columns.
Another well-known attraction for Simferopol travel is the archaeological site of the Scythian Neopol. Although only one ruined building, possibly a tomb, now remains on the site, it is an interesting place to imagine the ancient Greek civilization that once flourished there. From the Neopol, you can walk along the Salgir River, all the way back to the downtown area, if you like. There are some nice parks around the river, including Sovetsky Park, where you can enjoy the beauty of the river in lovely natural surroundings.
Although Simferopol is not particularly known as a tourist town, it is a good place to rest and spend a couple of days shopping, eating, and relaxing before heading off to more popular, and often more crowded, tourist centers like Yalta or Odessa.