About excursions and attractions
A little more negative is excursions. The places here are very beautiful, no doubt, there are many sights, it is better to book at least 3-4 days for exploring Pyatigorsk and its environs. But the downside is that most of the most popular cafes and restaurants can be closed for special services to tourist groups, and independent tourists here, even if they can find a place, they are not pampered with attention and are served last. Not out of harm: just business, nothing personal. For a snack, it is better to choose small cafes and restaurants, where you will be greeted as a dear guest. Do not be afraid of small roadside eateries and shops. In such places, they cook deliciously at home, and the prices are lower at times. 1/1
There were also pluses
From the pros: all the sights are ennobled, there are places for rest on the roads and trails, signs. In addition to the city center, where you can get around everything in a day, I advise you to devote a separate day to the beautiful and well-groomed Mashuk forest park. In this park, along the path that goes through the observation deck “Gate of the Sun”, you can climb to the top of Mashuk. The climb is not very steep, but if you are not ready even for a simple ascent, you can use the cable car: 210 rubles. adult ticket, 50 for children. The Lermontov Museum should be combined with a visit to the Pyatigorsk necropolis and the Lazarevskaya Church. A very atmospheric and beautiful place, you can lay flowers at the site of the first burial of the writer. 1/1
On one of the slopes of Mount Beshtau there is the Second Athos Monastery. Be sure to take a walk around the territory, it’s very beautiful, there is a refectory, there are delicious pastries and excellent souvenirs in the church shop.
There are many places to eat in the city center, but sometimes the price tags are just scary. It is better not to go to beautiful restaurants with views, but to drink tea or take wine and snacks at most, the food there is expensive and tasteless. Separately, I will single out ice cream, it is here like in childhood. Pyatigorsk ice cream in a waffle cup is sold at every step, but the best prices are in the plant's company store near the railway station. We really wanted to get on an excursion to the plant, but there is again a problem with an independent visit, only groups and a record for a week at least.
We were in Pyatigorsk for a week, then went to Kislovodsk. You need to write a separate story about him. But, in short, there we were more fortunate both with excursions and with housing. It seems to me that Kislovodsk is more adapted for independent travel and is more conveniently located for trips to the natural attractions of the region.
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