Perched on the Black Sea, around 400 kilometres south east of Odessa, Sevastopol is an important port town in the Ukraine with a palpable military atmosphere. War monuments, warships and battle museums are scattered throughout the city and off its shore, and it remains the Ukraine’s most important naval base.
The town has played a major role in the development of trade in Europe, with the Greeks setting up a major trading post here in 442 BC. Its strategic importance on the Black Sea has also seen the port town become a cause of much ill will between Ukraine and its Russian neighbors.
However, Sevastopol is much more than just its history or its recent diplomatic tensions. The town is also a popular resort and tourist destination. Its seaside location, wide boulevards and green parks make the town a worthwhile stop on an itinerary through the Black Sea.
Cruise ships dock at the cruise terminal at Grafskaya Pristan, located in the Port of Sevastopol. It is about a 10-minute walk into the town centre.
Alternatively, taxis can be taken into town. However, as English isn’t widely spoken, communication may be a bit difficult.
Some cruise lines may also provide a shuttle into town.
The area surrounding the cruise terminal provides cruise passengers with everything they need for a comfortable and pleasant docking experience in Sevastopol.
Facilities nearby include:
- Internet access
- Public toilets
- Shopping and souvenirs
- Restaurants, cafés and bars
- Tourist Information Centre
- ATMs and Foreign Exchange.
Taxis can be flagged just outside the cruise terminal.
There are also a range of accommodation options throughout the town.
How To Get Around
Sevastopol is a small town that’s ideal for exploration via walking.
However, taxis can be flagged to visit regions outside the town centre. As with many other destinations, it is best to agree on a price before getting in.
Travel times from the cruise terminal:
- It is a 7 minute journey to Primorsky Boulevard.
- It is a 30 minute ferry ride to the Mikhailovskaya Battery.
- It is a 12 minute taxi ride to the Khersones Taurus
- It is a 10 minute taxi ride to the Painted Panorama.
Currency – The local currency in Sevastopol is the Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH). Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 kopiyok (100 kopiyok equals 1 hryvnia) and 1 hryvnia denominations. Notes come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 hryvnia denominations.
Time Zone – Sevastopol is on Moscow Standard Time (MST). It is 3 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Weather – Sevastopol has a temperate climate, with warm summers and cool winters. During summer (June to August), daytime temperatures average around 20 degrees Celsius. During winter (December to February), the daily mean hovers around 3 degrees Celsius. The average annual rainfall in Sevastopol is 400mm, with most of it falling between June and August.
Khersones Taurus – Founded in 422 BC, this ancient Greek city – now in ruins – is a World Heritage Site and a must-see attraction in Sevastopol. It was here that Vladimir the Great was baptised into Christianity, ultimately launching the Russian Orthodox Church. Apart from the well-preserved theatre, the site is also home to an impressive museum detailing the history of the ancient city. The Khersones Taurus site is open daily from 9am to 9pm, with earlier closing times during November to March. Entrance costs around AUD$1.50 per person.
Mikhaylovskaya Battery – A former hospital that was used to treat casualties during the Crimean War, these days the Mikhailovskaya Battery is a museum dedicated to Sevastopol’s military history. Inside the museum are displays of original uniforms, weapons, photos and other military memorabilia, leading visitors through the hard and bleak times of war. Tours are available in English here. Opening hours are from 10am to 6pm daily, and entrance costs AUD$2.50 per person, including the tour.
Primorsky Boulevard – Take a leisurely walk down Sevastopol’s bay-facing Primorsky Boulevard, lined with shady trees and old whitewashed colonnaded buildings, and spot historical monuments such as the Admiral Nakhimov statue and the Eagle Column set out at sea.
Painted Panorama – Spend an hour at this iconic military museum that is dedicated to the siege of Sevastopol. Inside the circular building are various paintings supplemented with 3D props used to educate visitors on the 349-day battle that took place on June 6 1855. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30am to 5pm. Entry costs approximately AUD$2 per person