Pictures of Yalta, Crimea
Yalta is perhaps the most famous place in Crimea. Not only was it a prime Soviet holiday spot, but it was the site of Stalin's famous rendezvous with Churchill and Roosevelt at the end of World World II where the fate of Central and Eastern Europe was decided.
Yalta is surrounded by an ampitheater of mountains of 1200-1500 m elevation and enjoys a mediterranean micro-climate that is supposedly conducive to health and rejuvenation after disease. Yalta has no airport or train station, but it can be reached by as little as 1.5 hours from Sevastopol or Simferopol. It also has cruise connections to Odessa and Istanbul.
Yalta is traditionally considered the most elite Crimean resort, but there are actually plenty of other places that are better in certain respects (cleaner water, more varied sights to see, better shorefront, etc.). However, it continues to be a must-see for most foreign visitors to Crimea. The city of 80,000 has a generous mix of historical sites, parks and nature, entertainment, and sightseeing tours to nearby destinations.