Take a quick walk along Pushkin Street
Pushkin Street is the main promenade in the downtown city area. The street, named after Alexander Pushkin, is full of cafés, bars, 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.
Explore the embankment
Take a walk on the embankment by the slow-flowing Don river. Street performers entertain and provide activities for the public during the summer months, and many people opt to take a boat ride on the water. You can even get on a disco boat here and dance the night away.
Try local food at Rostov’s Central Market
This place has everything that a Russian regional market should have; meat and fish, sweets, ice cream, excellent salads, and a few delicacies from Korea and Georgia. You won’t find many souvenirs for tourists here, but it is still worth wandering the stalls.
Visit the local parks and gardens
There are numerous beautiful parks located around the city. You can discover some of the main green spaces simply by walking along Pushkin Street, and there are more in the centre near Bolshaya Sadovaya Street.
Go on a day trip to Azov
Once you’ve checked out all the main historical places in Rostov-on-Don, and you have some time to spare, you should make sure to stop by the nearby town of Azov. Steeped in history, the town once served as a Turkish outpost, and today is home to the remains of Azov Castle.
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