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Odessa is a major port city located on the Black Sea in southern Ukraine. It is the administrative center of the Odessa Oblast and a multiethnic cultural center. The population of Odessa is estimated to be around one million people.

The city is situated on a terraced hill overlooking the harbor and the Black Sea. It is the fourth largest city in Ukraine and its climate is classified as humid subtropical. It experiences hot summers and mild winters.

Odessa was founded in 1794 by the Russian Empire. It quickly became a major seaport and trading center. It was a key port for the Russian Empire and was the home of the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet.

During the 19th century, Odessa was the center of Jewish culture in the Russian Empire. It was also an important center for the Greek and Romanian communities.

In 1905, Odessa was the site of a major uprising in the Russian Revolution. The city was also the site of a major battle during the Russian Civil War.

In 1941, Odessa was the scene of a major siege by the German Army during World War II. After the war, Odessa became part of the Soviet Union.

Today, Odessa is an important industrial and cultural center. It is home to several universities, museums, theaters, and other cultural institutions. It is also an important port city and a popular tourist destination.

Excursion tips for a day in Odessa

As a tourist in Odessa, Ukraine, there are a variety of activities to take part in during a day. Here is a list of some of the best things to do in Odessa:

1. Visit the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater, one of the most beautiful buildings in Odessa.
2. Take a stroll along the famous Deribasovskaya Street, lined with colorful buildings and cafes.
3. Take a ride on the funicular to the top of the Primorsky Boulevard, where you can take in stunning views of the city and the Black Sea.
4. Explore the Potemkin Stairs, a monumental staircase leading down to the sea.
5. Visit the Odessa Catacombs, a vast network of underground tunnels, stretching over 2,500 km.
6. Spend a day at the beach, swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying the beautiful Black Sea.
7. Visit the Odessa Archeological Museum, to learn more about the city's history and culture.
8. Wander through the Odessa City Garden, a beautiful park with sculptures and fountains.
9. Enjoy some of the city's delicious cuisine, from the famous Odessa borscht to local seafood dishes.
10. Shop for souvenirs at the Privoz Market, a traditional open-air market with a variety of goods.

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The climate in Odessa

Odessa in Ukraine has a temperate continental climate, with hot summers, cool winters and mild springs and autumns. Summers are usually warm and sunny, with temperatures reaching up to 30°C (86°F). Winters are cold and wet, with temperatures dropping to -5°C (23°F). Spring is mild and pleasant, with temperatures ranging from 10°C (50°F) to 20°C (68°F). Autumn is mild and dry, with temperatures ranging from 10°C (50°F) to 25°C (77°F). Overall, Odessa has a mild climate throughout the year, with hot summers and cold winters.

Cruise weather for Odessa

Our weather forecast for Odessa helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 30.2 °C
min: 23 °C
13.3 m/s
32.0 m/s
37.6 %
24.1 m
51.0 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 27.6 °C
min: 24.8 °C
11.9 m/s
26.3 m/s
97.1 %
24.1 m
60.3 %
1,005 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 24.2 °C
min: 20.6 °C
15.7 m/s
35.3 m/s
100.0 %
21.5 m
75.2 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 31.6 °C
min: 22 °C
19.1 m/s
40.7 m/s
70.2 %
23.7 m
51.2 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 32.2 °C
min: 24.1 °C
20.9 m/s
36.5 m/s
3.5 %
24.1 m
35.7 %
1,018 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 35.0 °C
min: 26.4 °C
18.7 m/s
37.8 m/s
12.4 %
24.1 m
33.0 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 33.7 °C
min: 26.7 °C
30.6 m/s
47.5 m/s
50.8 %
23.8 m
41.0 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 23.6 °C
25.9 m/s
30.6 m/s
70.0 %
24.1 m
48.1 %
1,011 hPa
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 30.5 °C
min: 21.5 °C
23.8 m/s
38.2 m/s
2.7 %
24.1 m
35.8 %
1,012 hPa
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 29.4 °C
min: 23.5 °C
24.5 m/s
37.0 m/s
11.5 %
24.1 m
36.9 %
1,012 hPa
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 30.2 °C
min: 24.3 °C
18.0 m/s
38.5 m/s
13.6 %
24.1 m
39.4 %
1,010 hPa
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 30.4 °C
min: 24.1 °C
20.2 m/s
31.7 m/s
0.6 %
24.1 m
39.8 %
1,012 hPa
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 31.6 °C
min: 25.9 °C
20.9 m/s
29.2 m/s
4.2 %
24.1 m
40.7 %
1,013 hPa
Aug. 6th 2024 Aug. 6th 2024 max: 35.7 °C
min: 26.1 °C
19.3 m/s
36.8 m/s
30.4 %
24.1 m
35.8 %
1,013 hPa

Cruises to Odessa

Would you like to travel to Odessa on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Odessa.

Scheduled ship calls in Odessa, Ukraine
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