Information about flights to Odessa
The seaport city of Odessa is the third-largest city in Ukraine, and is situated along the Black Sea coast. This lovely old town boasts a beautiful opera house, other fascinating old buildings and many great beaches, so there really is something for everyone.
Flights to Odessa depart from most major UK airports, and take just over four hours’ total flying time. Routing through Vienna, you will eventually land in Odessa International Airport, just over five miles from the centre of the city. From here, there are plenty of taxis and buses to take you to your next destination.
For those looking for Ukrainian culture, there are masses of museums and galleries in Odessa. Perhaps the most interesting is the Museum of Western and Eastern Art, which is full of paintings by Aivazovsky, Caravaggio and other famous artists. Be sure too, to visit the Literature Museum for a 100-year walk through the history of Odessa’s literature, and don’t miss out the Maritime or Archaeology museums. Considered among the most beautiful in Europe, the Odessa Opera Theatre originally dates back to 1810, but was burnt down in 1873. The new theatre was completed and opened in 2007 and was built in the style of 1887 Viennese barocco.
Get away from the city for a while and relax on one of Odessa's many beaches. Arcadia is easily the most popular beach, with plenty of restaurants, bars, discos, nightclubs and other entertainment to keep you happy.
Odessa has a number of colourful and vibrant markets which sell everything from delicious homemade food and freshly picked apples, to fridges, animals and Soviet Ladas. Starokonny market hosts an amazing weekly zoo and flee market, where you can find birds, kittens and anything second-hand that your heart desires.
Food and drink
Odessa is well known for its good food and quirky cafés. For an authentic Odessa-Jewish experience, visit Rozmarin, a kosher-food restaurant celebrating the Jewish heritage of Odessa. Or for a more mainstream experience, go to Kompot and try their traditional cherry kompot, a hot fruity beverage.