Ai-Petri is a famous peak in the Crimean Mountains. For administrative purposes it is in the Yalta municipality of Crimea. The peak is located above the city of Alupka and the town of Koreiz. The name has Greek origin, and is translated as St. Peter. Ai-Petri is one of the windiest places in Ukraine and it is blowing for 125 days a year, reaching a speed of 110 mph. There is a Cable Car installed there which takes passengers from a station near Alupka to the main area in Ai-Petri. The mountain is 1200 meter (3937 feet) high.
Ai-Petri is picturesque peaks, which have become the symbol not just of the southern coast, but also of the entire Crimean peninsula. This legendary mountain is great attraction for tourist, where you can get an incredible view over the entire southeastern coast of Crimea. A huge number of travelers climb the Ai-Petri all year round just to see fantastic panoramic view from the top of peak. The best way to get to peaks is to use the cableway ‘Miskhor – Ai-Petri,’ which is an attraction itself. It consists of two parts, one of which is “unsupported” and not like anything else in Europe.
At the top of Ai-Pertri you can see bare stone plateau. Moreover there’re number of cafes and places to get the taste of Tatar cuisine, eastern sweets and delicious Crimean foods. When on Ai-Petri, most tourists rush to Cliff Shishko, the observation point, from which one can get awesome views of the Black Sea coast. There’s one more famous place on the top of Ai-Petri which is cave “Trehglazka”. This is very exculisve place due to its temperature which hovers around zero degree all round year, and cave is cover with several meters of ice. Ai-Petri also keeps an unusual marker, a metallic globe on a granite base with its exact geo-location; all plateau visitors strive to touch it.
Well, if you like driving then you can get to the top of Ai-Petri by car, following the highway Yalta Bakhchysarai. The road passes by the highest waterfall in Ukraine, Uchan-Su (“Flying Water”). It is 100 meters high, which is twice as high as Niagara Falls. The waterfall is most remarkable during a storm or when the snow is melting. The lovely Ai-Petri has everything for an adventurous gateway. In the summer season you can even ride horses, mountain bicycle, and jeeps or paraglide here. However in winter snowy slopes attract ski lovrs and snowmobile racers.