A small town counting 10,000 citizens is located on the steep costal slopes of the Main Chine. The air here is particularly fresh and pleasant due to the pines growing in the mountains above Alupka, hence the local sanatoriums are specializing in curing the diseases of the respiratory tract.
The town emerged in the 6th-5th centuries. The name Alupka is, perhaps, of Greek origin: in the local forests foxes were found (translated from the Greek - "alepu"). In the 14th century the Genoese military port Lupiko was located in this place. Later on its place the Tatar village emerged. In the 18th century, Grigory Potemkin became the owner of this part of the southern coast. Then in Alupka the Vorontsovs settled down. The count Vorontsov constructed a luxurious palace near the sea, which was surrounded by a wonderful park.
The name of the well-known artist Arkhip Kuindzhi, who was the pupil of I. Aivazovsky and the teacher of K.Bohayevsky, is connected with Alupka. A memorial plaque is put on the gate of the house where he lived. In Alupka, there are several hotels, the best of which are "Alupka" (in the vicinity of the Vorontsov's palace) and "Samara" (not far from the bus terminal). Citizens of the town let their flats and rooms to the visitors. Prices here are lower than in Yalta, and the place is more attractive: air temperature is higher than in Yalta, but since the town is buried in verdure, heat is easy to endure.
The autumn is very beautiful in Alupka, the blooming roses in the beginning of December are not a rarity here. The inter-city taxi 27 will get you to the centre of Alupka.