Resort town of Genichesk, Kherson region, Ukraine
Overview of Genichesk, Ukraine
Genichesk (from the Turkic word "dzheniche") is a small resort town, the administrative center of the Genichesk region of the Kherson region of Ukraine, located in the steppe zone, right on the shore of one of the warmest and shallow seas in the world, the Sea of Azov.
Climate in Genichesk
Genichesk, located in the arid steppe zone and surrounded by the Azov steppes, the sea and salt lakes, has a temperate continental climate. The air is dry, warm, enriched with iodine and bromine. Because of the steppe terrain, it is often windy. July is the warmest month with a temperature of 23.6 degrees Celsius, January is the coldest. The city is located in the northwestern part of the coast on the Sea of Azov, at the entrance to the Arabat Spit, with which it is connected by a road bridge across the Thin Strait, which in turn connects the Utlyuk estuary with the Sivash. This resort is very popular among families with children, as the Sea of Azov is one of the smallest and warmest seas in the world. Due to the shallow depth, the Sea of Azov warms up quickly and, as a result, by mid-May the water temperature in the sea near the coast is +18 - +19 degrees Celsius, and in the warmest months, the water can warm up to 27 degrees Celsius. The cooking season in Genichesk begins in May and ends with the Velvet season in mid-September. Unlike such resorts in the region as Kirillovka, Arabatskaya Strelka and Zhelezny Port, which do not have industrial production, there is an operating port in Genichesk, which is used for the extraction of sea sand and fodder shells.
Sea and beach in Genichesk
In Genichesk, artificially smoothed sandy beaches with small interspersed with small particles of shells. There is the so-called "Wild Beach", which is located right within the city. The beach was given this name due to the complete absence of any infrastructure for recreation on it, but nevertheless it is popular among city residents and tourists. In Genichesk there is a “Children's Beach” located in the center of Genichesk. The sea in the area of the beach is very shallow, so in order for an adult to fully plunge into the water, he will have to walk 150-200 meters from the water's edge. The "Children's" beach is more equipped than the "Wild" one, as there are awnings from the sun, a number of small cafes, a shooting range and children's attractions. The city also has unequipped sections of the beach, which are located closer to the Arabat Spit, behind the railway and road bridges. Despite the fact that vacationers swim there, these beaches are very suitable for swimming, and the coast and the bottom of the sea are muddy. Almost all the beaches in the city are public and free, which naturally negatively affects their cleanliness.
Infrastructure and entertainment in Genichesk
In Genichesk, as in any city, the infrastructure is well developed: there are educational institutions, shops and supermarkets (for example, the ATB chain), pharmacies (for example, round-the-clock at 132/2 Mira Ave., 64 Mira Ave.) , grocery and clothing markets, branches of leading banks, including branches of PrivatBank, Oschadbank and Raiffeisen Bank Aval (with the presence of ATMs of the corresponding bank), many cafes and restaurants. Among the popular places for catering are:
In Genichesk, the main place of entertainment is the central park named after T.G. Shevchenko with a variety of attractions and even a Ferris wheel. One of the attractions is the Museum of Local Lore on the street. Revival / Petrovsky 1, the theme of which is aimed at describing the nature and history of the region. The museum has two dioramas - "Sea of Azov" and "Biryuchiy Island"
- restaurant "Sofia" (Ukrainian and European cuisine) - located on the street. Friendship of Peoples / Makharadze
- fast food cafe "Burger House" on Prospekt Mira
- Restaurant "Frau Anna" (German, European cuisine) Primorsky Boulevard, 33;
- home cooking cafe "Oasis" on the street. Friendship of Peoples / Makharadze, 64
- cafe "Lunniy Blues" (European cuisine and seafood) - located on the street. Kurasova
For tourists visiting Genichesk, Arcturus can offer various options for excursions located within a radius of 14 to 90 km from the city.
One of these options is the Hot Spring.
This is a natural spring located in the town of Schastlivtsevo, 20 km from Genichesk, on the territory of the unfinished health complex "Inter Medical Eco City". The water in the spring is healing mineral, it flows directly from the well, and its temperature reaches +70 degrees Celsius. It is possible to swim in the lake with this mineral thermal water, which helps in the treatment of chronic inflammatory processes, diseases of the central nervous system, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal tract and skin diseases. Admission to the hot spring is free. There is a market near the spring where you can buy Sivash salt and healing clay.
The water park "Oasis" was opened in 2017 in the village of Genicheskaya Gorka on Arabatskaya Strelka, located 14 km from Genichesk. The water park, which occupies a closed area of 1.6 hectares, has two swimming pools - for children and adults, different types of water attractions and a well-developed infrastructure. The Aqua Park is open daily from 10:00 to 18:30.
Dolphinarium "Oscar-Genichesk" was opened in 2014, located in the village of Genicheskaya Gorka on Arabatskaya Strelka, 12 km from Genichesk. During the holiday season, the dolphinarium offers viewers show programs with the participation of marine animals. There are two sessions per day, at 11:00 am and at 15:00 pm, after which you can swim with dolphins or take a photo session. One ticket for an adult costs from 220 UAH. Children under 4 years old are served free of charge. The cost of swimming with dolphins is up to 1350 to 2050 UAH depending on the time (at least 5 minutes).
The farm is 50 km away from Genichesk and is located outside the village of Strelkovoye. During an excursion to the farm, visitors are invited to inspect its territory, where more than 300 ostriches are bred. At the farm, you can taste ostrich meat dishes, try ostrich eggs.
Biosphere reserve "Askania-Nova"
The reserve is truly unique, its area is more than 33 thousand hectares, and on its territory there are more than 500 plant species and 3000 animal species. The reserve "Askania-Nova" is located 90 km away by car from Genichesk and is one of the hundred most famous reserves on the planet. The reserve was founded over a century ago by Friedrich Eduardovich Falz-Fein.
Transportation network in Genichesk
There is a developed bus service in Genichesk. From the central bus station Genichesk you can get not only to many settlements of the Genichesk region, but also to many cities of Ukraine, such as Kherson, Nikolaev, Dnipro, Zaporozhye, Vinnytsia, Kiev. There is also a railway station in the city and, accordingly, daily railway communication (direct or with transfers) with all major Ukrainian cities. From cities such as Kiev, Kharkov, Lvov, Dnipro, Zaporozhye, Kryvyi Rih, Kovel there is a train to the Novoalekseevka station, from which an electric train runs to Genichesk (distance is about 17 km). For tourists who decide to go to Genichesk in their own car, you can rip out one of two routes: Odessa-Rostov (M14 / E58) or Kharkov-Simferopol (E105), moving until the turn with the sign "Genichesk".
Internet and mobile coverage in Genichesk
Almost all establishments, such as hotels and restaurants, have the option of connecting to wireless internet. Mobile operators such as Vodafone, LifeCell, KievStar work well. In such stores as ATB supermarkets, as well as in bank branches, there are terminals through which you can pay for communication services.