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Statue of Alexander Pushkin in Rostov-on-Don | © Rost.galis / WikiCommons
Statue of Alexander Pushkin in Rostov-on-Don | © Rost.galis / WikiCommons

The Best Things to See & Do in Rostov-on-Don

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Contributor / Journalist
Updated: 1 September 2017

The city of Rostov-on-Don lies all along the banks of the Don River. It is a beautiful place to take a stroll around; there are a lot of nature parks, and the city becomes even more exciting during the summertime when you can participate in activities such as a relaxing boat ride down the river, complete with local Russian tea or wine in hand.

Take a quick walk along Pushkin Street

Pushkin Street is the main walking promenade of the downtown city area. The street, named after Alexander Pushkin, is full of cafés, restaurants and historical statues, along with beautiful flowers and trees; it’s an ideal place to spend a relaxing weekend. Don State Public Library, located in a unique modern building and one of the biggest libraries outside of Moscow, also sits on Pushkin Street.

Pushkin Street, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

See the embankment

Take a walk on the embankment by the slow-flowing Don River. You will find a lot of activities and entertainment provided by street performers during the summer season. A boat ride is another good option for a relaxing day in this area. There’s even a possibility to take a disco boat and dance the night away.

The Embankment, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

Take a look at Bogoroditsa Cathedral

Bogoroditsa Cathedral is the main and the biggest cathedral in Rostov-on-Don. This traditional Orthodox place of worship is similar to other Russian cathedrals; however, its beauty is very distinct. Also, women must cover their head upon entering, a strict Orthodox practice.

Bogoroditsa Cathedral, ul. Stanislavskogo, 58, Rostov, Rostovskaya oblast’, Russia, +7 863 210-19-00

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Try local food at the Rostov Market

This place has everything that a Russian regional market should have, including meat and fish, sweets, such as ice cream, and excellent salads sold by Korean and Georgian ladies. You won’t find many souvenirs for tourists here because Rostov is not a popular destination among foreigners, but it is still worth taking a look at this local place.

#северныйрынок#рынок#ростоврынок#редиска#сладкаяредиска Редиска.✔️ Употребление редиски улучшает цвет лица и бодрит, улучшает работу сердца и укрепляет стенки сосудов. Благодаря обилию клетчатки редиска снижает уровень вредного холестерина в крови, выводит из организма токсины. Есть в редиске и особые вещества фитонциды – своего рода натуральные антибиотики. А потому любители остренького имеют очень неплохие шансы избежать простуд и воспалительных заболеваний. Кстати, ботва редиски содержит не меньше витаминов и микроэлементов, чем корнеплод. Поэтому выбрасывать полезные листья – непозволительная расточительность. Тем более что «вершки» у редиски тоже съедобны. Из них готовят зеленые щи, их режут и добавляют в салаты и окрошки, а можно просто потушить ботву, как капусту. В редиске содержатся вещества, которые стабилизируют уровень сахара в крови. Так что если у вас диабет или предрасположенность к этому заболеванию, ешьте как можно больше редиса.

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Fancy a visit to local parks and gardens

There are numerous big and beautiful parks located around the city area. You can discover some of the main green spaces simply by walking along Pushkinskaya Street. You’ll also find more in the centre near Bolshaya Sadovaya Street.

Drive to Azov and see Azov Castle

Once you’ve checked out all the main historical places in Rostov, and you have some time to spare, you should take this 40-kilometre (24.8-mile) motorway tour to the nearby small city of Azov (with approximately 80,000 inhabitants). The city of Azov is much older than Rostov, and long ago, the location was a Turkish outpost. You can check out the few remains of the Azov Castle here.

Azov, Russia