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Lighthouses in Ukraine are famous for their ingenious frameworks, extraordinary location, and old age. One of them is two-hundred-year-old Tendrivskyi Lighthouse located on the deserted island of Tendra. If you crave connecting with wild nature, being far from civilization, and enjoying a calm vacation at the seaside, look no further!

There is a breath-taking view from the top of the lighthouse that you are bound to remember. Would you like to go there? Then you are welcome to read further, we`ll tell you interesting facts about the island and tower and share our suggestions on how to get here and what to do.

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Tendrivskyi Lighthouse

History and particularities

Tourists visiting the island pay special attention to Tendrivskyi Lighthouse. It is considered to be the oldest on the south of Ukraine! It was built in 1827. The thirty-meter stone building is well preserved. It is interesting that starting from the moment of its construction it has never been overhauled a single time. The out-dated equipment was changed with the modern light and optical one.

Tendra Island
Bird's-eye view

The history of the lighthouse is not simple. It has survived two world wars andin the 1980s it withstood powerful storms. A lot of ships coming from Bosporus to Odessa used to come to the island.

Visitors can take a tour to Tendrivskyi Lighthouse beginning at Zaliznyi Port. Travelers will hike up along 104 steps of original winding staircase. And what an astounding view there is!

Tendra Lighthouse
It's great view, isn't it?

Before visiting the lighthouse, it is necessary that guests learn the policy of attendance, since there are strategic objects and they may not be allowed.

The location and how to get here

Tenrivska Spit is located on the south of Ukraine between the Black Sea and the Tendrivskyi Bay. The nearest localities are Zaliznyi Port and Ochakiv. It is not easy to get on the spit since it is mostly a preserved territory.

Tendrivskyi lighhouse on the map:


There are no regular passages to Tendra. It is easier to get here from the Zaliznyi Port. There you can join the package group trip. One more option is to rent a boat by yourself. The boat ride will take 2-3 hours.

There are also tours from Odessa by yacht or motorboat, which will take about 6 hours.

In this vode you can see a part of yacht expedition to Tendra Spit:

Important! It is mandatory that you agree with your carrier on where and what time to pick you up from the island. The mobile/internet connection is very low and it will be very difficult to get through. Before going to the island you have to get instructed by Border Police officers.

What to do on Tendrivskyi lighthouse

If you would like to visit interesting and extraordinary places, you will definitely like the tour on lighthouses.

On Tendrivskyi Lighthouse you can:

  • enjoy striking landscapes from the viewing deck;
  • watch wild horses, flocks of swans, pelicans, herons;
  • take photos with the lighthouse;
  • watch dolphins play:
  • go diving;
  • admire the ancient spiral staircase inside the building.

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