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Vladivostok never ceases to surprise. It is sometimes compared with San Francisco, Naples and even Istanbul, and it really resembles each of these cities in some way, but also has its own flavour. It’s not as Asian as most people in the European part of Russia think, but Asian culture makes itself felt in all spheres of the city’s life.

In Vladivostok, you can swim in the warm sea, visit an aquarium, try some fresh seafood and then spread the word that the Russian Far East is worth visiting.

The easiest way to get there is to fly direct from Moscow with Aeroflot (duration: 8h 30m). Flights arrive at Vladivostok International Airport, located 38 km from the city centre. To save money, buy round-trip tickets, and don’t forgot to book in advance, as the best fares sell out fast.

What to see

Winter in Vladivostok is humid and chill, and spring is long and uncomfortable. Summer starts in July, and with it swimming season. By August, the sea warms up to the comfortable temperature of +25ºС, and September is considered the best time to visit. Most cultural events take place in the autumn, including the Pacific Meridian Film Festival (early September), the Vladivostok Fortress historical reenactment festival (late August), Tiger Day (25 September) and the International Jazz Festival (November). The best place to start a tour of the metropolis is the viewpoint at the top of Eagle's Nest Hill, which offers a breathtaking view of the city and its bridges. Use the cable car to come down and take a walk along the main street of Vladivostok.

Svetlanskaya Street is home to many of the city’s key landmarks: the Arseniev Museum, which provides an overview of the region’s history, the GUM building, and Admiralsky Square, with the Arch of the Crown Prince. Nearby, on Korabelnaya Embankment, there’s a museum in a real submarine.

The small streets to the right and left of the pedestrian Admiral Fokin Street form the district known as Millionka, which used to be a slum. Today, it has a lot of trendy shops and cafes.

If you visit the city in summer or autumn, you’ll be able to swim in the Sea of Japan, or East Sea, as some would have it called. You can choose from the two bays, Amur Bay and Ussuri Bay, and the many beaches to suit every taste, with sand, stones or pebbles. The main city beach, Lazurnaya Bay, nicknamed Shamora, is part of Ussuri Bay and features 3 kilometres of fine sand. The scattered big and small islands in the Sea of Japan near Vladivostok are also great for sunbathing, swimming and fishing. The largest is Russky, home to the Far Eastern Federal University and the cutting-edge Primorsky Aquarium, with over 500 species of fish and mammals. While the smaller islands can be reached only by sea, Russky Island is connected to the mainland by a famous cable-stayed bridge, the highest in Russia.

Another important landmark is Vladivostok Fortress. This is Russia’s only preserved 19th-century fortification. Parts of the fortress are spread across several areas of the city, and excursions are offered in some of the forts, including underground ones with museums.

The local food deserves special attention: seafood (such as shrimp, crab, and sea cucumber) and forest delicacies (fern, ramsons, magnolia berries, wild boar and deer). The Asian influence is also quite noticeable: the city has many Chinese, Japanese and Korean restaurants.