Kara Dag Reserve
Kara Dag is one of the most amazing wonders on the peninsula, the most beautiful and the most mysterious corner of southeastern Crimea. It is an ancient dead volcano, which was active over 150 million years ago.
Today, Kara Dag the imagination with its greatness and the uniqueness of its shape, created over millions of years by the most hardworking and talented sculptor – nature. Its rocks are speckled with fantastic grottos; at its foot, numerous wondrous bays have formed. Kara Dag’s peaks are decorated with volcanic rocks fancifully shaped by wind, water, and sun. The locals gave the mountains some peculiar names: Devil’s Finger, Gingerbread Horse, and Throne and Retinue.
Kara Dag’s main tourist attraction is the Golden Gate (previously called the Devil’s Gate). It is a rock standing not far from the shore and cut through by an archway, truly, a gate to Kara Dag. Kara Dag is remarkable not only because of its original landscapes, but also because of it unique flora and fauna, and precious stones. To protect these natural treasures, a reserve was created on the territory.