In the village of the same name near Belogorsk there is a majestic White Rock (Ak-Kaya). This place is steeped in legends. Many historical events took place here, settlements of primitive people and Scythian tombs were found, and films were shot.
From Simferopol you can easily get to Ak-Kaya not only for nature lovers, but for history lovers as well. From Simferopol you can easily get there by highway "Tavrida". It will take you only 45 minutes to get there. You can park your car near the equestrian club 'Cowboy' and go sightseeing.
You can carpool to the top of the rock from the other side, but it's better not to. This is a protected area and if the out-of-season rules are not much monitored, then in the tourist period, you can get into trouble with a fine. It is better not to take the risk and walk on foot at any time of the year.
What to do on the White Rock
Ak-Kaya is a very popular place for photo shoots. Photographers from all over the Crimea come here to take great pictures for their clients.
Landscapes of this region are amazing with its beauty. Here you want to walk around and admire the views. You can climb to the top, which offers a panorama of the hills and Belogorsk. It's especially magical at sunset.
But be careful, the slopes in some places steep and loose.
If you walk along the rock, you can see several caves and grottoes. In some of them you can get, for example, in the grotto Kok-Koba.
Nearby is a horse-club "Cowboy", where you can ride a horse or quad bike, and participate in the race horses. It is an impressive sight! In addition, the club offers archery and crossbow shooting, jeep tours around the rock, paintball and laser tag.
Closer to the road, there is a cozy cafe where you can grab a snack and a delicious coffee overlooking White Rock.
The best time to visit
White Rock can be visited at any time of the year, each with its own advantages:
- in spring, the glade at the foot of the rock is covered with a green carpet, the trees are in bloom, the weather is more pleasant and you can take a leisurely walk in the area. In the end of April red-listed peonies appear on Krasnaya Polyana;
- in early summer it is also comfortable to explore the area. The hottest months are July and August. But even that can be solved by coming here closer to sunset, the romance is ensured;
- autumn in this region is warm enough, the leaves become colorful, the grass is dry, which adds to the atmosphere of the Wild West. Balloon flights at the end of August and beginning of September are an interesting event, where you can take great pictures and fly for a fee;
- winter is beautiful in its own way, especially when it snows.