The rocky peak of the Stavry-Kaya Cliff climbs to 663 meters above sea level. The name is translated from Greek and Turkic as a “cross cliff”. A legend relates to a massive stone cross that was built by Taur, an extremely strong man who had lived here in the remote past. Taur had fallen ill after an unfortunate hunt, started losing his notorious strength and had grown very sad. His mother had been dying, and from the deathbed she had sent her weakened son to mountains for building a cross in the highest place. When the work had been accomplished the strength, vigor and good mood had returned to Taur. It had been his mother’s last will. The old woman had known this task would have cured her son: the mountains, hiking, fresh air and some work make miracles and keep people healthy.
By the way, the Stavry-Kaya Cliff is one of the highlights of the Botkinskaya Trail, also named as the Trail of Health.
Nowadays a wooden Orthodox cross is planted on the top of the cliff, from where the miraculous views open - Big Yalta, green mountains and the endless sea. If you follow the Taur’s example in the part of mountain climbing and do ascend the steep Stavry-Kaya Cliff, beware there are neither barriers nor roomy viewing platform at the top, so be very cautious and focused.
I wish to thank you for all the arrangements. We had a interesting and pleasant holiday in your country. The hotels were ok, especially the one in Yalta. Our guides were really fantastic. They told us a lot about the history and the situation nowadays. Highlights were our visits to the submarine base, the cave city in the middle of beautiful nature, the little Tatarian restaurant and the Khan palace.
In Odessa we took the tram 5 to the beach and discovered a nice restaurant with quite a history: Fat Mozes. Furthermore we walked a lot in Odessa. The train facilities were also ok We managed to make a reservation in Kiev for the train to Warsaw. That was not an easy thing, because no one speaks English and we could hardly read the signs in the Russian or your own language. So it was a real adventure!