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Peak Ai- Petri (Ай- Петри)

 

 

 
Location: Yalta municipality  Map

Elevation: 1234 meters (4049 feet)

Cable Car Fee:

Adult: 60 hryven

Children: 30 hryven

 

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Description of Mountain Ai- Petri

Mountain Ai- Petri is the highest mountain on the Crimean Peninsula at an elevation of 1234 meters (4049 feet). It is towers over municipality of Alupka and Yalta.

 

Name of Ai- Petri mountain is translated from Greek language as Saint Peter (Άγιος Πέτρος) after a Greek Orthodox monastery that once stood on Ai- Petri plateau near its peak. It was dedicated to Christ's apostle Saint Peter. The easiest to get here is by cable car from Alupka. Its total length is 3.5 km taking all the way to the base of the peak. Two kilometres of this cable between Ai- Petri mountain and station Pine Forest (Сосновый Бор) has support, which is considered the longest in Europe. Another way to get to the top is by taking a taxi. It is about 20- 30 minutes of drive, but you have no chance of being stuck in a cable car as it happened in August 2013 when several people were stuck for hours there.

 

Once you will get to the parking lot you will met numerous restaurants and several stables with horses, ponies, donkeys and even camels. Although I would suggest skipping taking a meal here, you can take a rent horse to explore the plateau around Ai- Petri. Short climb to the top of the Ain Petri is not very long or too steep. However the rocks were well polished by thousands of tourists (including last Russian emperor Nicholas II with his family) over a course of decades so they might get fairly slippery. So watch you feet. Once you will get to the top you can do base jumping if you risk it from the peak. Ai- Petri is very steep on its South side offering a fantastic view of the Black Sea below. The north side of the mountain is a different matter. It is a plateau that is virtually flat covered with low pines and patches of broad leafed forests.

 

Ai- Petri peak is one of the most windiest in Crimea. Wind velocity on top reaches a speed of 50 m/s (110 mph). Despite that the plateau on the Northern part is well protected from the nature's wrath. People settled this area since the Stone age. Their tools and weapons were discovered here. In addition there are several caves that keep temperature cool all year long. Today these caves are open to the public. The trails are fairly well marked. The largest cave is known as Trechglazka (Трехглазка) or Three eyed cave.

 

 

 

 

 


 

Transportation

 

 

Hotels, motels and where to sleep

 

 

Restaurant, taverns and where to eat

 

 

Cultural (and not so cultural) events

 

 

Interesting information and useful tips

 

 

 

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