Summer is in its full swing, making us spend time as bright and colorful as possible. The time of vacations is an opportunity to get positive and pleasant emotions for the whole next year, stock up on impressions and warm memories. If you have not planned your vacation yet, then there is a great offer to visit the pearl by the sea – wonderful Odessa! The magnificent city filled with sights and beautiful locations, made with legends and interesting stories. This is the place that everyone should visit at least once.
Of course, it’s impossible to see everything over the weekend, but we have selected for you the most interesting places in Odessa, which you should visit first of all. Many of them are undeservedly forgotten even by the local population due to the distance from public transport routes. But the real adventure hunter should not stop even because of the absence of his own car. You can always rent a car at our branch in Odessa and turn your journey into a real treasure hunt!
Sights of Odessa: what can the tourist see in one day?
If you visit the city for the first time, and your time is limited, we recommend viewing the most famous and colorful places that are located near the center.
Often the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of Odessa is its main street. Not very big, pedestrian, it has its own unique atmosphere and flavor. Historical sights are opened here (a monument to the founder of the city de Ribas, the famous Passage with its luxurious interior, a chair from the books of Ilf and Petrov, where everyone wants to take pictures), as well as a picturesque city park, many cafes and entertainment facilities.
Another place that you should definitely see in Odessa. You can get to Primorsky Boulevard by car, but it’s better to walk along the stairs: counting its steps is a kind of tradition among tourists. Above the stairs, there is Duke de Richelieu – the first monument opened in the city, and the naval station is located below. If you have time, we recommend you to take a look and go there to see, for example, the monument to the sailor’s wife and the anchor museum.
Lesser-known areas: where to go by car
If you have two days or more at your disposal, you can safely go to any point of the city or the surrounding area, where car will help you. Renting a car, you get not only comfort, but also the opportunity to see what remains “behind the scenes” for many people.
Manor of the Wolfman
Sergey Pankeev, one of the most famous patients of Sigmund Freud, lived in Odessa. But the greatest area of interest is the place where he spent his youth: a mysterious manor built in the 19th century and located in 30 km from the city. It was right here, when the five-year-old Serge began to have nightmares about huge wolves, sending through their eyes eerie messages to the little boy. Then, not being able to cope with neurosis on his own, Sergey asked Dr. Freud for help, who later described this story in his famous book. Unfortunately, the manor has not been preserved in its original form and now represents ominous ruins. But the mystical atmosphere of the estate still attracts crowds of tourists and filmmakers.
Left-hand traffic streets
Ukraine has a right-hand traffic. Few people know, but in Odessa there are two streets where every driver can feel like a real Englishman! To unload the traffic of neighboring streets, Italian Boulevard and Vysokiy Lane have left-hand traffic. For an unfamiliar driver, this is a real adventure, and for passengers – a new experience with a touch of British seriousness.
Belgorod-Dniester (Akkerman) Fortress
On the shore of the Dniester estuary, in 83 kilometers from Odessa, one of the largest and well-preserved medieval fortresses in Ukraine is located. The exact date of appearance of the fortress is unknown, but historians agree that it was built by the Genoese in the 13th or 14th century. The ancient walls of preserved towers, the minaret of the Turkish mosque, the exposition of siege weapons is only part of the things you can see here. Festivals and competitions in historical fencing are regularly held on the territory of the fortress. Another pleasant moment is that the road from Odessa passes through the resorts Zatoka and Karolino-Bugaz, where you can stop and swim in the sea.
What to see in Odessa with children
A visit to the zoo and Vorontsov lighthouse will help to provide children with a wonderful weekend.
The oldest zoo in Ukraine is located on the Novoshchepny Ryad street. More than two thousand animals every day wait for babies and their parents. Tigers and lions, zebras and monkeys, which we often see only on TV, are available at the zoo for dating and socializing. There are many animals listed in the Red Book, and even there is a guardianship program, according to which everyone can choose their favorite ward for assistance and financial support. By the way, this program is becoming more and more popular, turning into a prestigious gift not only for a child, but also for a colleague or boss.
Car tourists will be interested in a trip to the port on the tip of the Raid Pier, where the majestic Vorontsovsky lighthouse is located. It was built at the end of the 19th century and since that time has not ceased to attract not only city guests, but also locals.
Interesting places for active recreation in Odessa
For extreme lovers Odessa can offer a lot of options on how to diversify your vacation.
Few people know about the underwater museum, located near the Langeron beach. Exhibits of the sea miracle are various sculptures, located at a depth of six to ten meters. You can visit an unusual museum on any day. Don’t forget to be armed with an aqualung.
Two and a half kilometers of corridors and rooms plexus located on different levels are located in the village of Nerubaysk near Odessa, 14 km from the city center. This is a huge dungeon, exceeding the size of the Paris catacombs, with a total area of square kilometer, hides in itself many secrets of the past. The abode of heroism of the partisan movement during the Second World War and at the same time a terrible center of crime has a century of history. The age of the labyrinth is not certain, but it was expanded at the end of the 18th century by Catherine the Great.
Odessa is a city of contrasts and opposites, which contains the elegance of history and the minimalism of modernity. The local people create a special flavor and atmosphere here, which is also worth getting acquainted with.
The best cars for traveling around Odessa
Here we offer a selection of cars that are well suited for rental on a trip to Odessa. You can order these and other cars from our fleet by clicking on the “Quick Order” button or by contacting our managers by phone.