Odessa is a city in southwestern Ukraine, a major port on the Black Sea. The city's population is about 1,012,500 Ukrainians. From 1819–1858 Odessa was a free port. During the Soviet period it was the most vital port of trade in the U.S.S.R. and a Soviet naval base. The city of Odessa hosts two important ports: Odessa itself and Yuzhny it is situated in the city's suburbs. Another important port, Illichivs'k, is located in the same area, to the south-west of Odessa. Together they represent a major transportation junction integrated with railways. Odessa's oil and chemical processing facilities are connected to Russia's networks by tactical pipelines. Odessa is the fifth-largest city in Ukraine and its most vital trading city.
During Odessa's long and hot summers, everyone runs off to one of the many party beaches, or some of the secluded coves further along the Black Sea coast. Arcadia beach is the most residential and many beach bars have their own private complex. The big nightclubs in this area open from dusk until dawn.
Another event that everyone
should be familiar with happens every April 1, when about half a million
visitors descend on the city for Humorina it is an annual festival of
pranks to mark the beginning of spring. The celebration is marked by comedy
performances, parades and various shenanigans.
Visit the Odessa Privoz it is one of the biggest farmers markets in the world.