In Ukraine, the port of Odessa is the most important access point to the country through the waters of the Black Sea. Its strategic position has always been recognised throughout history, but today the port of Odessa has become a popular destination for tourists exploring the Eastern Mediterranean. This town has a magical atmosphere, a mix of Soviet rigour and European style. A cruise to Odessa offers the opportunity to stroll through its streets, Deribasovskaya and Primorsky Boulevard, admiring the elegance and the vast spaces. Famous writers like Pushkin and Gogol lived here and helped give the city its special charm. The best view of the port of Odessa and its lighthouse is from the viewpoint ofVorontsov's Palace. Although temperatures are never the highest, a trip to Odessa should include its beaches, even just for a stroll. Going down the almost 200 steps of the famous Potemkin stairs, the route to the sea is an impressive one. The port of Odessa has become the protagonist in modern history due to its strategic position. Today it is popular with tourists discovering the Black Sea. This town has a magical atmosphere and famous writers like Pushkin and Gogol lived here. Its architecture is a mix of Soviet rigour and European style: a walk along the large and elegant avenues in the centre is highly recommended, as well as a descent of the nearly 200 steps of the famous Potemkin Stairs.