Odessa's position on the Black Sea has defined its role as commercial port, a fun-loving seaside resort, and an exotic escape for the former Russian Empire, former-USSR, and now Ukraine. The broad tree-lined avenues and architectural mix of Baroque, Art Nouveau, and other styles lend the city a foreign-feel. Odessites are different from the rest of Ukrainians. Most identify with their city first, before country. Although it feels older, Odessa's history only goes back some 200 years. In its past, opportunity and relaxed laws attracted a diverse mix of ethnic groups and religions. Today, the city is majority Russian-speaking. There are a few good museums, monuments, and beaches around town, but the real draw of Odessa is simply strolling the broad avenues, sitting in the parks, feeling the sea breezes; enjoying the essence of the city and its people.
Odessa was great i had an excellent time there. All the food i ate there was amazing. The streets were dirty and messed up then thats not what i was used to ,plus this was my first real experience out of the country. The cab service is excellent they are there in flash. I was taken back when i went to swim in the black sea, when i had to pay to go to the beach. I had to literally pay for everything towel ,chair and to swim. Then again i was used to something else . Over an all i had a really good time there and the clubs are amazing..
This is an unexpected jewel on the Black Sea. The city has a very Parisian flair. It is easy to walk around after conquering the Potemkin Steps (Primorsky Stairs). The weather was unseasonably cold during our visit - cold air from Siberia but it was still worth being there and we would like to come back to visit longer.
I loved Odessa. It is a quaint city is very walkable and includes a lot of interesting things to see and do. The cobblestone streets are lit up in the evening, giving the city a festive atmosphere any time of the year. I was there in September and it felt like Christmas. The nice thing about Odessa is they speak Russian there -- not Ukrainian, so it was way easier for me to communicate.