OPUKSKY NATURE RESERVE
We preserve the amazing treasures of the Kerch Peninsula: the colorful Koyashskoye Lake, the ancient city Kimmerikon, unique Stone Ships and the variety of rare birds.
OPUKSKY NATURE RESERVE
We preserve the amazing treasures of the Kerch Peninsula: the colorful Koyashskoye Lake, the ancient city Kimmerikon, unique Stone Ships and the variety of rare birds.
The boundaries of the nature Reserve
on Yandex Maps
Routes
Map of the territory
Map of the territory
The boundaries of the nature Reserve on Yandex Maps
Get a pass
The nature reserve is a protected area. It is obligatory to have a pass to access the territory of the reserve.

The pass for one tourist costs 150 rubles.

Crimea residents and citizens entitled to benefits can get a free pass.

The ecotourist and educational routes of the reserve will open to visitors on April 1, 2021.
Transportation
The reserve is located on the south of the Kerch Peninsula.

The nature reserve is located 50 km away from Kerch and 6 km away from the Yakovenkovo village, which is the nearest settlement to the reserve.

Coordinates for the GPS navigator:
45.050092, 36.223272
Transportation
The reserve is located on the south of the Kerch Peninsula.

The nature reserve is located 50 km away from Kerch and 6 km away from the Yakovenkovo village, which is the nearest settlement to the reserve.

Coordinates for the GPS navigator:
45.050092, 36.223272
Routes
Routes
Walking route           km (6 mi)        3,5 hours

The route runs along the western slope of the Opuk Mountain, and then along the seacoast through the sandbar of the Koyashskoye salt lake.

The route will be available starting from April 1.

Walking route
 10 km (6 mi)        3,5 hours

The route runs along the western slope of the Opuk Mountain, and then along the seacoast through the sandbar of the Koyashskoye salt lake.

The route will be available starting from April 1.

Walking route           7,5 km (4,6 mi)        3–3,5 hours

Along this route, you will see the ruins of the ancient city Kimmerikon and mysterious catacombs, bats and rose starlings, an ancient well and an abandoned lighthouse, as well as the mountains, the sea and the unforgettable Koyashskoye Lake.

The route will be available starting from April 1.

Walking route
 7,5 km (4,6 mi)        3–3,5 hours

Along this route, you will see the ruins of the ancient city Kimmerikon and mysterious catacombs, bats and rose starlings, an ancient well and an abandoned lighthouse, as well as the mountains, the sea and the unforgettable Koyashskoye Lake.

The route will be available starting from April 1.

The natural area of international importance
Learn more about the wildlife of the reserve →
The natural area of international importance
Learn more about the wildlife of the reserve →
The nature reserve is included in the lists of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) and wetlands protected under the Ramsar Convention.
The natural complex of Opuksky Nature Reserve knows no equals in Europe.
The natural complex of Opuksky Nature Reserve knows no equals in Europe.
The nature reserve is included in the lists of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) and wetlands protected under the Ramsar Convention.
Archaeological complex "Kimmerikon"
The ancient city Kimmerikon defended the Bosporan Kingdom from the Scythians.

Now you can find there the ruins of the citadel and residential buildings, the Kyrk-Chokrak spring and amazing ancient catacombs full of bats.
Archaeological complex "Kimmerikon"
The ancient city Kimmerikon defended the Bosporan Kingdom from the Scythians.

Now you can find there the ruins of the citadel and residential buildings, the Kyrk-Chokrak spring and amazing ancient catacombs full of bats.
Find out more
Unique objects
Unique objects
Koyashskoye Lake
At different times, the waters of the lake can be scarlet, pale pink or bright orange.
Stone Ships
Picturesque rocky islands shrouded in mysterious legends.
Catacombs
Ancient catacombs that are full of bats.
Koyashskoye Lake
At different times, the waters of the lake can be scarlet, pale pink or bright orange.
Stone Ships
Picturesque rocky islands shrouded in mysterious legends.
Catacombs
Ancient catacombs that are full of bats.
Photos used on this site belong to (photo credits): S. Ledenkov, I. Sikorsky, L. Moroz, V. Kostrov, N. Litvinyuk, D. Rutyanov, S. Alyomov, M. Atamanenko, G. Prokopov, D. Voinov, Y. Timofeev, Y. Shumlyaeva, M. Rozanov, V. Anzylov, V. Zyuzin, A. Gromov, Y. Zhuravleva, E. Nekadimova, N. Krymsky, K. Polyanskaya, A. Rybintsev, A. Mishin, A. Dmitrieva and naturerussia.travel
Photos used on this site belong to (photo credits): S. Ledenkov, I. Sikorsky, L. Moroz, V. Kostrov, N. Litvinyuk, D. Rutyanov, S. Alyomov, M. Atamanenko, G. Prokopov, D. Voinov, Y. Timofeev, Y. Shumlyaeva, M. Rozanov, V. Anzylov, V. Zyuzin, A. Gromov, Y. Zhuravleva, E. Nekadimova, N. Krymsky, K. Polyanskaya, A. Rybintsev, A. Mishin, A. Dmitrieva and naturerussia.travel
Contacts
298650, The Republic of Crimea, Yalta, Sovietskoe, Dolosskoe road, 2.

+7 365 423 30 50
+7 365 437 88 41

zapovedcrimea@mail.ru
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