Located not far from Yalta, the Nikitsky Botanical Garden is a real outdoor museum, one of the most unique landmarks of southern Crimea. It is rightfully called the ‘green treasure’ of the peninsula: unique types of plants from all regions of the planet are gathered on the garden’s huge territory.
The park is famous in the whole world first and foremost for its unique arboretum. On 40 hectares, trees and bushes from different continents grow together, forming a unique collection of plants. Such variety creates the illusion that walking through the garden, you make a trip around the world. Two tourist favorites are the cacti greenhouse, which has over a thousand rare species, and the rose collection, which has around 2000 kinds of roses and is one of the best in southern Europe.
The garden consists of four unique parks: Upper, Lower, Seaside, and Cape Montedor Park. The Upper, or Central, Park is famous for its picturesque alleys, full of lavender, wisteria, and honeysuckle. And the Seaside Park’s main decorations are the exotic plants from China, Japan, and the Mediterranean, which thrive in the park’s climate. Cape Montedor Park is famous for its relict conifers. Here, you will find the garden’s biggest tree – a giant sequoia, or so-called ‘mammoth tree,’ which is almost 40 meters (130 feet) tall. Each year, thousands of tourists come to Yalta to see this age-old giant.