Despite the fact that most people love Crimea for the warm blue sea, bright blue sky and gentle sun, some travelers manage to visit a real winter fairy tale. However, for this you need to come to Crimea not in the summer, but in the winter, and to experience this fairy tale you will have to climb to a height of more than a kilometer. But it's worth it!
Imagine that in just fifteen minutes a cable car will take you from the sunny coast to the plateau of Ai-Petri Mountain, covered with Arctic ice and wrapped in a blanket of snow. As if Ded Moroz has walked through here with his magic staff, transforming trees into fantastic animals reaching out to you with their frozen paws. The top of the mountain becomes pristine white and glitters in the sun with millions of diamond pieces of ice.
On the plateau itself, dinosaur eggs await warmth in the snow. Well, where else will you see this?
And the most wonderful thing about such a winter fairy tale is that if you suddenly get tired of it, in half an hour you can walk along the Yalta embankment, completely spring-like warm, sunny and bright. Wouldn’t you agree, that in many cities of Russia this is simply impossible? Yes, there are more snowy winters and stronger frosts, but in order to return to spring, you will have to wait a couple of months.
Ai-Petri is a picturesque mountain peak in the Crimean mountains, part of the Ai-Petrinskaya Yayla massif, with the height of up to 1233 meters. The name Ai-Petri is of Greek origin and is translated as "Saint Peter" (Greek “Άγιος Πέτρος” – “Agios Petros”). The name Ai-Petri can refer to both the entire Ai-Petrinskaya Yayla, and the summit of Ai-Petri itself, located at the southern point of the plateau.