Tours on lighthouses of Ukraine is nearly one of the popular tourist amusements. No wonder! Among towering structures you can come across unique ones which every enthusiast of unusual places would like to look at.
TripMustGoOn is going to tell about two lighthouses on Dzharylhach. It is the biggest uninhabited island in the water area of the Black Sea. It is called Ukraininan Maldives due to white-cotton beaches, clean turquois sea and the area of outstanding natural beauty. Get already craving for a visit there? Then you are welcome to read about the way the ancient Dzharylhach lighthouse is connected to Paris, what legends go round concerning it, what is interesting and what to do there.
History and particularities
Having come ashore, you can catch a sight of high metal framework. It is a legendary lighthouse on Dzharylhach island. It is considered a symbol of the resort Skadovsk: the structure is depicted on the coat-of-arms of the city.
Navigation object appeared here in 1902. The construction works were initiated by the landowner Serhiy Skadovskyi. He ordered to manufacture the framework in France: the project was developed by Gustav Eiffel – the architect of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. The lighthouse was delivered by parts from France.
The structure of the lighthouse is light tracery. It is 24.4 m high. Eventually the lighthouse started to decay because of washing by sea waves and in 2005 it was shut down. But it didn`t cause troubles to sea vessels: in 1997 a new 24-meter tower was constructed in 50 m from the old one. The simple column of white colour works automatically.
The territory close to the light house is shrouded with legends and myths. Some of them state that it is a portal to the Otherworld. The others tell that the tower is situated on a tectonic fault alleging that by the order of Skadovskyi it was built so that evil spirits couldn`t crawl out. To believe or not to believe is up to you.
Where they are located and how to get there
If you got interested with peculiar buildings you are invited to have a tour around Dzharylhach island. It will meet wishes of curious tourists that concern themselves with mysterious sights or enthusiasts of recreation in the wild.
Lighthouses are located 9 km from Skadovsk where you can get to in two ways: by boat or motor vessel. Go to Skadovsk by car or bus.
You can get to the island in the following ways:
- From the central beach by passenger carrier
Departure: 8:00, 9:00, 10:30, 14:00.
Back: 12:45, 16:00, 17:00, 18:30.
Ticket price: adult – 200 UAH, child – 100 UAH
The trip lasts 1,5 hours.
- From the wharf of the canning factory. The ticket price is negotiated. It depends on the watercraft class.
You can get to Dzha from Lazurne village on foot. The strait becomes shallow in summer. Water can level up your chest if you are of average height. But the current is very rapid here, you don`t want to risk!
What to do on Dzharylhach Island close to lighthouses
If you choose the route to the lighthouses, you will be lucky to swim in the bay and open sea. Here Dzharylhach is narrow enough for coasts to be in 5-minute walk from each other.
Other tourist activities close to the lighthouses:
- sunbathing on a cotton-white beach;
- watching dolphins;
- visiting the local restaurant in order to taste sea snails pilaf;
- taking clean fresh water from the spring;
- having a photo session.
Hint: fetch beach parasols, headgear and sunblock with you.
There is wonderful news left for last for travellers keen on tours to the lighthouses. Two lighthouses are open for tourists in Kherson land – Henichesk and Adzhigolskyi. The last one is the highest navigational object in Ukraine. Thus, hurry up to discover new tourists’ routes.