Crimean peninsula is right next to the Black Sea, with moderate clima and 1545m high mountains. Is a long known destination for russians for both summer and winter holidays. Due to its location is possible to enjoy the trails all year long. With temperatures up to 25°C and up to 2500h of sun, is the perfect place to enjoy your dreamed MTB trip. Nothing better than to end your route with a swim on the Black Sea, even in winter, for the most braves ones.
Alushta will be main location, with about 30k inhabitants is a known touristic destination with all needed commodities, restaurants, bike friendly hotel, right on the seashore. Alushta area has been choosen last couple of years to be part of the Russian Enduro Series. Also since 2001 local riders together with the help from Moscow main riders and collaborators, have organized the known Alushta Cup with presence of both local and international participants. Terrain is similar to the mediterranean coast, abrupt mountains, and a mix or rocky and loose terrain with long flowy singletrails. With a network of more than 200km of trails and local guide, fun is guaranteed.
Travel requirements, visa
Crimea is part of Russia, so you don’t need anything extra other than a visa to travel to Russia. You don’t need any extra permission or documentation to travel to Crimea. As for security, Crimea is completely stable and there are no issues of any kind with Ucranian authorities or alike.
For visa processing we recommend to use the Central de Visados Rusos agency, located in Madrid and Barcelona and the only one accepted by the russian authorities. Touristic visas can not be processed on the Russian consulates and is mandatory to do it through this official agency. There are other private agencies that can do all the processing for you, but will be expensive and at the end, they also use the Central de Visados Rusos to process the visas.
- To have a valid passport, without signs of deterioration, with due date minimum 6 months before your travel and 2 continuos free pages
- 58€ per visa, to be processed personally or through a package company (expenses by applicant), takes about 10-14 days to process
- mandatory travel assurance, in case you don’t have an international insurance, the Central de Visados Ruso offers this service or you can hire it through another insurance company, from the ones listed on the Russian ministery of affairs (more details). Axa offers a good price (Russia travel insurance)
- Visa Support o invitation letter: again, the Central de Visados Rusos offers this service (30€) or you can do it by yourself (Endurama offers this service for 15€)
for Madrid applicants, you need to full fill an extra form and attach to your documentation
Starting from any international airport, with a stop in Moscow, our destination will be Semfiropol international aiport. There, an Endurama Team member will welcome you and will act as support and translator during your holidays so you can enjoy what you have come to do, mountain biking all day long.
Alushta city is just 1h drive from the airport and we will be staying on a bike friendly hotel, recommended by the organization and with long experience with cyclists. There are other accommodation options, but Endurama recommends this hotel that is up to the standards needed and with proven experiences with cyclists.
A local certified guide, with plenty of experience both guiding and international racing will be the key to experiment the best rides and trails all around the area. There are all type of routes for all levels and styles, XC, enduro, basic level and up to experienced riders, all will enjoy the best riding days.