(about 30 min from Yalta) home to the Vorontsovsky Palace, a fanciful mixture of Middle-Age and Moorish architecture. Also one of the longest cable car rides in Europe up Ai-Petri (St Peter's peak), the views are great.
small seaside town with a Tatar flavour.
the next major coastal city east of Yalta. It's on the Yalta - Simferopol trolleybus route.
(about 1.5 hours from Yalta) beautiful harbor town overlooked by a Genoese fortress towers and formerly a closed city due to its submarine base.
the scenic journey through the mountains and canyons makes this route an appealing alternative to the coastal road.
busy bustling city of over a half a million people. Home to both the Russian and the Ukrainian navies' Black Sea fleets.
gateway to Crimea. Good shopping and plenty of places to eat.
Yalta is a kitschy place, with heritage going back to the 19th century and its use as an exclusive sanatorium and also to communist-era mass tourism. Today mass tourism still sustains the city, which is understandable given its beautiful surroundings and proximity to many of Crimea's major sights.
Summer sees the city inundated with mainly Russian and Ukrainian tourists. However, consider a visit at any time of year: average temperatures are always above freezing (though it can and does occasionally freeze). Spring and autumn see some positively pleasant weather that can reach into high the 20 °Cs. Winters are not as cold as in the rest of Ukraine. Protected from the North by the mountains and warmed by the Black Sea, there is never a lot of snow in the winter, but beware of the winds as they can be bitingly cold.
Russian is the main language - getting by without a basic grasp will be difficult but not impossible. Ukrainian is also spoken. Crimean Tatar, which has a dialect that is very closely related to Turkish, is spoken by the predominantly Muslim Crimean Tatar people: if you speak Crimean Tatar (and even if you don't!), you will be warmly welcomed by the Crimean Tatars. English is not widely spoken, but try your luck with younger people if you have to speak in English.
People are generally friendly and crime in this city of over 80,000 people is low. Tourists are safe as long as they stay sensible: don't flash your cash, avoid unlit pathways at night (if only to avoid the drunks), and try to judge whether a strangers buying you drinks is being hospitable (most likely) or sinister (less likely, but possible).
Ukraine is not a rich country and many of the services etc are not up to Western standards. Be patient and bear that in mind and appreciate the good side of Yalta.