Pictures of Balaklava, Crimea
Few places in Ukraine were as off-limits during the Soviet era as the small town of Balaklava on the Black Sea coast south of Sevastopol. Here the Black Sea submarine fleet was housed in the sheltered harbor. The town was closed to everyone but locals until several years after the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Minibuses run to Balaklava from the "5th kilometer" bus station in Sevastopol. It's also not far off the Yalta-Sevastopol highway.
Today the town has become a popular tourist destination and somewhat of an elite resort frequented by rich people in fancy cars. Tours to Balaklava are also organized for vacationers based in Yalta, Alupka, and other South Shore resorts. You can rent a sailboat or have a fancy seafood dinner on a yacht. Boats take vacationers to remote, pristine beaches down the coast. And, of course, you can climb up to Chembalo Fortress, built by Italians (!) 500 years ago.