Yalta Mountain Pictures
The Yalta Mountains (often called Yalta Yayla) rise to 1500 meters above the resort town of Yalta on Crimea's South Shore. There are a number of trails up the mountains from Yalta, but the plateau is most accessible from Ay-Petri. The Ay-Petri plateau basically turns into the Yalta plateau as you head east.
Officially, the mountain area belongs to a nature reserve and is off-limits to the public. In practice, however, it is heavily visited by picnickers, hikers, mountain bikers, and government officials and rich people with special passes. If you camp on the plateau, set up your tent out of sight and avoid fires. Be prepared for windy and unpredictable weather in the mountains.
Historically, the plateau has been used as pastureland, but the Soviets began reforesting it to improve the retention of precipitation in soil, which provides water for the greater Yalta area.