Yalta is the legendary resort of the Crimean Coast. The city boasts spacious parks, elegant mansions that date from the days of the Tsars, and a spectacular coastline with forested cliffs and glorious beaches. Yalta is also a city of destiny. First mentioned in 12th-century chronicles, the city has been a colony of Genoa, a pawn of the Ottoman Empire, and finally an integral part of the Russian Empire. In 1945, American President Franklin Roosevelt, English Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and Russian leader Josef Stalin met at nearby Livadia Palace to determine the fate of Europe after World War II.
Yalta was Imperial Russia's version of the Cote d'Azur. Today, many of the elegant palaces and mansions are home to spas, hotels and rest centers catering to workers and Westerners alike.