It’s worth a walk down here as you may well see, as I did, naval ships and vessels coming and going, and you can view the monument to the scuttled ships, probably the most famous icon of Sevastopol. The view across the south bay is also a very pleasant one.
Go to Nakhimova Square, then down a flight of stone steps to get to the harbour side
The entrance to and situation of this harbour is all gently picturesque, with some elegant buildings and a hill gently rising to the main part of the city and beyond. There are a number of cafés and restaurants here, varying from cheap and cheerful to just about as exclusive as Sevastopol gets. You can also catch a ferry from here to the northern side of the city.
So named by Tennyson in his Charge of the Light Brigade poem, the valley is considerably more peaceful today, being largely covered as it is with vineyards. There are various memorials to the different nationalities that were involved in the battle, and I was told that you can still find pieces of bone among the vines if you go for a stroll along one of the small footpaths. Better perhaps to stay on top of one of the surrounding hills, survey the scope of the valley and imagine the fatal charge taking place. If you go on a guided trip, they’ll give you the whole low-down of where everyone was and the exact path of the charge.
A couple of miles outside Sevastopol on the Balaklava road
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