Once an ancient Greek colony and a trading post for Yedisan Crimean Tatars, the city has been growing more and more since the 1960s. Career opportunities grew with it, bringing in residents from other surrounding areas. It was actually named after an ancient Greek city known as Odessos, and preceded the present-day city of Varna in Bulgaria. The city contains over one million people, and is most known for having a large outdoor market, the largest in Europe. There is not just one but two crucial ports here, making this area important for trade and transport along with the many rail lines that cross through.
Location: On the Shore of the Black Sea
Overlooking the Gulf of Odessa, a part of the Black Sea, the city is situated on terraced hills 31 kilometers north of an estuary of the Dniester River. Most of the area is flat, and it is known for having beautiful trees lining most streets. The major beach is located just south of the city center and contains many stones and pebbles mixed with the sand.
Business: Major Seaport and Transportation Hub
The economy here is mostly base on its major seaport, containing a storage facility and oil and gas transfer as well as a passenger port. It is also an important base for the Navy. Industrial businesses are also an important part of the city's GDP, including food preparation, fuel refinement, and machine building. Tourism has become quite popular in the last century, offering another piece to the booming economy.
Culture: Important Art and Birthplace of Literature
No matter your interests, Odessa probably has a museum to fit your tastes. One of the most well-liked is the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art; it has large collection from the 16th to 20th centuries offering both European and Eastern arts. The city is also known for producing many famous writers, such as Isaac Babel, who even set his series of short stories within the city, and poet Anna Akhmatova.
Activities: Health, Resorts, and Sports
Odessa's location right on the seashore makes it an excellent spot for resorts and spas of all kinds, offering a way to wind down, relax, and heal from chronic conditions and stress. You will find plenty of these places around town. Sports are a big draw for locals and visitors as well with a professional football club, FC Chornomorets Odesa. Chornomorets Stadium houses another team, and is an elite-class stadium that holds over 30, 000 people.