Friday, August 19, 2016

Bargains in Crimea?

According to a story on Deutsche Welle, there is both good and bad news about travel to Crimea. The good news is that small and mid-market hotels are having trouble attracting visitors, so that prices can be quite low, as little as 6 euros per night. That's only about $8, which must be about the cheapest price anywhere in Europe today.

The bad news is that the cost of food has risen because of the political situation, so restaurant meals will be more costly. And the large luxury all-inclusive resorts favoured by Russian vacationers have also raised their prices, to as much as 150 euros, around $170. The Ukrainian visitors who used to frequent the peninsula often called the Russian Riviera are less in evidence, but they have been replaced by Russians.

The Russian economy has been badly affected by sanctions and the lower value of the ruble is keeping a lot of Russians at home.

Russia's annexation of Crimea is not recognised by Western countries, so Western visitors go there at their own risk.
 The picture is of the Livadia Palace in Crimea near Yalta.


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