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10 places in Tuapse district
to visit

If you are relaxing in one of the resort villages of the Tuapse district in summer, then most likely you are attracted by the sea beaches. Local tourist centers are famous exactly for them. However, in addition to the beaches in this area, there some other are places that should be visited.
and port of Tuapse
Tuapse itself is not a resort. The seaport is located here - one of the largest and busiest on the Black Sea coast. However, the port itself can also be considered a wonderful attraction. After all, not every day the average citizen of Russia sees large sea vessels and port cranes. The port was founded in 1898 and today it is engaged in the acceptance and dispatch of large dry cargo ships (mainly fertilizers, grain and vegetables), oil transportation and passenger transportation. Vessels from 36 countries arrive at the port and moor at 19 berths. The harbor stretches for 3.2 km along the coast.

The attention of the city's guests is attracted by the control tower of the port. It is located in the central city square and is clearly visible from many parts of the city. The tower's design is quite futuristic: a tall hexagonal pillar topped with a large glass ball. A clock showing time and temperature is located at the top.

There is a walking area near the port along the sea. The embankment overlooks the ships, docks, control tower and the seaside. The promenade is decorated with several predominantly military-themed monuments and a fountain. There are small street cafes, children's attractions, and excursion boat docks.
There are several interesting museums in the city. The Museum of History and Local Lore named after N.G. Poletaeva is recommended to lovers of history. Here is a large collection of exhibits that are related to the history and nature of the Western Caucasus, stages of development of the Tuapse district. The museum is also known for its rich collection of Caucasian weapons.

You can continue the excursion at the Tuapse Defense Museum. It is dedicated to the dramatic period of the Great Patriotic War - the Tuapse defensive operation of the Soviet troops, which lasted from August 10 to November 25, 1942. It was during this operation that the advance of the Nazi troops in the North Caucasus was stopped. In memory of this Tuapse bears the title of a city of military glory. The museum displays weapons found by search groups, photographs, military awards, and diarammas reflecting the everyday life of the city during the war.

Another interesting museum is dedicated to the artist Alexander Kiselev. The famous itinerant, a graduate of the St. Petersburg Imperial Academy of Arts, was connected with Tuapse by chance.

Once, getting by sea from Novorossiysk to Tuapse, he saw an amazingly beautiful rock in the vicinity of the city. Fascinated by the view, he decided to settle here and in 1902 built a house in the outskirts of the city.

He lived in St. Petersburg all the year, and in summer he came with his family to the sea and painted local landscapes. The most famous of which are associated with the very beautiful rock that the artist liked so much. Maxim Gorky, Ivan Aivazovsky, Alexander Serafimovich and other celebrities of the early 20th century used to come to Kiselev's dacha. Now the rock is named after Kiselev, and the artist himself is considered almost the most famous Tuapse citizen.
Cape Kadosh
and Kiselev Rock
Why not, after visiting the museum of the famous artist, go to the Kisleev rock itself - this is one of the most popular natural attractions in Tuapse.

By the way, the ancient Circassians called it "the rock of tears", a legend about unhappy love is associated with it. It is located four kilometers from Tuapse between Cape Kadosh and the mouth of the Agoy River. The rock is 43 meters high and consists of rhythmically alternating thin layers of marls and sandstones, which give it such an unusual appearance.

By the way, the beauty of this place attracted not only Kiselev. It was here that Leonid Gaidai filmed a fishing scene for the film "The Diamond Arm". In the frames behind Nikulin and Mironov, you can clearly see the recognizable silhouette and "stripes" of the rock.

Getting to the cliff is not easy. You can get to the top by car along a forest road. But to visit the foot of the rock you have to have a walk. It is also possible to get to the rock from Tuapse along the seashore to the north-west, but it is more convenient to move from the village of Agoy. In some places, wild beaches are difficult to pass and you will have to move knee-deep in water. On the way, you will come across caves up to 10 meters deep, which are popularly called "mouse holes". From the foot of the cliff, a trail leads to its top, and from there – there is a descent to a wild beach, where there are few people even in summer.
These huge stone structures were built by people who lived in the copper and bronze age. They are found in almost all European countries, most often they resemble huts, built of large sandstone slabs weighing several tons each. There is a hole in the front wall.

Most scientists believe that dolmens were used for burial, but not everyone agrees with this. Therefore, disputes over their purpose are still ongoing. In the meantime, scientists have not come to a consensus, you can give free rein to fantasy. They are called "places of power", portals to other worlds, "speakers" through which you can hear the music of the Universe - in a word, there are a lot of exotic and mystical versions.

About a hundred dolmens were found on the territory of Tuapse district. Two of them, by the way, are located in the Kiselev Rock area. One of them is unique: it is carved into a whole boulder. Dolmens are also located in the valleys of the Nechepsukho and Dzhubga rivers and in many other places. The largest dolmen in Tuapse district is considered to be a dolmen located six kilometers away from the city, not far from the village of Kamenny Karyer.
Megalithic complex "Psynako"
A special place among the ancient megaliths is occupied by a complex located 25 kilometers from Tuapse, not far north of the village of Anastasievka. Psynako is the same age as the Egyptian pyramids and is often called the Black Sea Stonehenge. The structure consists of the Psynako-1 mound, a dolmen and a six-meter stone ring. Experts believe that this is an ancient observatory or a cult site, but the exact purpose of the building can only be guessed at.
The Western Caucasus is the land of waterfalls. There are also a lot of them in Tuapse district. You can, for example, go to the Dederkoy River, next to the village of the same name. The waterfalls are located just seven kilometers away from the confluence of the river into the Black Sea. The upper waterfall is located 400 meters before the confluence of the Vostochny or Left Dederkoy rivers. The lower waterfall is located 400 meters after the confluence.

Just 10-15 minutes of driving from Tuapse, near the Dachnaya bus stop, there is a 33-meter Perun waterfall. In summer, the waterfall dries up almost completely, so it is worth coming in spring or autumn. In winter, the waterfall is a mass of giant icicles, the length of which reaches seven meters. This is an impressive sight.
Mount Indyuk
The mountain is located just two kilometers away from the Indyuk railway station, so you can get here not only by car, but also by train. The name of the mountain is associated with its unusual shape (Turkey). Its height is 869 meters. The summit is composed of hard volcanic rocks.

The almost steep cliffs of the mountain are an excellent training ground for climbers and rock climbers. Tourists-amateurs will be interested here, as well. The places here are very beautiful. Trees provide thick shade and clean fresh air, pleasant on a hot summer day. The area is ideal for a great walk or picnic. There are caves available in the mountain. Pines grow at the top, and chestnuts, oaks and many flowers grow on the slopes.
of the Beshenka river
Not far from Mount Indyuk there is another natural attraction - the most beautiful canyon of the Beshenka River. Getting there is not easy, but worth it. The path to the canyon begins on the outskirts of the Indyuk farm, or from the railway platform at the 1744th kilometer, which is located between the Chilipsi and Krivenkovskaya stations.

After crossing the bridge over the Chilipsi River, we immediately turn left. The ascent up the hill leads to the apple orchards, and we get to the Beshenka river through them. We continue to move along the river upstream. In some places you will have to overcome fords up to half a meter deep - be prepared for this.

The canyon welcomes guests with a stone bath up to three meters deep. The water is extraordinarily clear and clean. After walking for about a kilometer, you will see how its tributary, the Tashtai River, flows into the Beshenka River on the left. After 50 meters, you will see a 10-meter waterfall, and behind it, for 100 meters, there is still a cascade of small but picturesque waterfalls, 1-2 meters high.

In addition to the fantastic photos that you take in this beautiful place, you will take with you the feeling of cheerfulness from swimming in the clear and cool water of mountain rivers and waterfalls.
Bee rocks
and honey caves
Tourists who have been here claim that they have never seen such fabulous places. They are located in the vicinity of the villages of Terziyan and Altubinal on the Pshish River. You can get there only with a guide who knows the area well.

The caves are named so because once upon a time families of wild bees lived in the niches of the rocks. It was such a natural apiary. In hot weather, honey dripped down from the crevices of the rocks.
Wolf Gate Gorge
This natural attraction can be reached independently. It is located in the valley of the Pauk River, in the vicinity of Tuapse. Move along Karalash street until the intersection with Kievskaya street. Here the road goes into the forest, continue along the Pauk River. The trail leads you through oak and beech forests, and in some places through river fords. In two kilometers you will enter the picturesque Wolf Gate Gorge. Here you will also find a seven-meter waterfall. If you climb it carefully, you can take impressive photos.