Almaty is a rapidly developing city of Kazakhstan, where the country's economic prosperity is especially felt. The first thing that catches your eye is the contrast of snow-capped mountains and an unlimited amount of greenery. The nightclubs, shops, hotels, restaurants here are the most diverse, so every tourist has the right to choose a place of residence and entertainment to his taste. Of course, it is worth renting a car to see as many interesting places as possible. The Palace of the Republic, the Central State Museum, and the Park named after 28 Panfilov Guards are popular among city guests. The pride of the locals is the numerous fountains that form a single complex of ponds and watercourses of the city. At the end of your trip, be sure to take a cable car to Kok-Tobe Mountain. At the top there is a whole entertainment complex with shops, attractions, a zoo. An indelible impression will also be made by panoramic views of the city and the surrounding area.
Almaty International Airport ( Almaty International Airport ) - download the scheme
IATA code: ALA
Location: 15 km from Almaty
Official website: http://www.alaport.com/
Information: +7 727 270 3333
The car rental service at the Almaty airport is provided by Avis and others. The car is issued at a predetermined location. There are several parking zones near the airport.
St. Gogol, 40 http://cathedral.kz/ru
Having rented a car, set off to look at the amazing structure that has survived even during the strong earthquake in Almaty. The Ascension Cathedral was built of spruce wood beams fastened together with iron bolts. In the exterior of the building, colorful domes with crosses that pompously rise above the ground are especially noticeable. The interior is replete with wall manuscripts, painted iconostases, other church attributes. The attraction is included in the state list of protection of historical and cultural monuments. Services are held here daily. Despite all the historical events, the cathedral has not lost its greatness.
Samal-1, 44 http://csmrk.kz/
The Central State Museum of the Republic is a popular museum in Almaty, which was recognized as the most significant in Central Asia. On a vast area of 3 floors, there are 4 main halls and exhibition galleries. During the tour, it will be possible to get acquainted with more than 200,000 exhibits, including: excavation items brought from all over Kazakhstan, exhibits telling about the history of the country during the 15th-20th centuries, rare documents, works of art, symbolism.
St. Ormanova http://almatyzoo.kz/
It will be interesting to visit the zoo in Almaty for both children and adults. The territory is divided into several zones. Ungulates, mammals, exotic and raptors, primates live here. Visitors will have the opportunity to see chameleons, a wide variety of snakes and lizards, pythons, water dragons. The pavilion “Marine Aquarium” with inhabitants of reservoirs from different corners of the planet enjoys popularity among guests of the zoo.
You can enjoy the silence and beauty of nature by going on a rental car to the Park of the First President. In the daytime it will be interesting to take a walk, looking at the lines of the landscape, and in the evening - to reflect in a romantic atmosphere among many lights and fragrance of flowers. Various events are often held here, so you should definitely follow the posters so as not to miss the fun activities.
Among the city’s architecture, the Islamic Cultural Center is particularly notable. This is the first mosque in Almaty, which began to function at the end of the last century. In the exterior, the best traditions of medieval Egypt architecture are clearly traced, the interior decoration is complemented by original chandeliers, lamps. At first glance, the attention of visitors is attracted to the minaret. The richly and majestically decorated detail gives the mosque grandeur and elegance.
Mount Kok-Tyube is considered a symbol of the city. Everything is arranged here in order to have a fun day and to remember leisure time for a long time. From the city you can get to the mountain by cable car. At the top there is a whole complex for a pleasant stay. Children will enjoy the many attractions, a mini zoo, and adults will enjoy the Beatles monuments and the city. You can relax and have a snack in one of the many restaurants, and you can buy souvenirs in souvenir shops. In good weather, stunning views of Almaty and the surrounding area open from observation platforms. From a height of 1130 meters above sea level, a lot seems to be not important and the mood instantly rises. I want to return to this place again and again in order to feel the freedom of thoughts again.
Charyn Canyon is one of the most incredible places located in the vicinity of Almaty. Hire a car and go to see the incredible natural attraction, which is located near the border with China. Historians believe that massive formations of sedimentary rocks are already about 12 million years old. Figures formed by nature from time to time resemble human silhouettes, palaces, castles, birds and animals. A similar spectacle can be seen except in the USA (Grand Canyon). In the Charyn Canyon, many hiking trails have been laid, taking a walk along which you can view the canyon rocks from all angles and walk to the river, where the observation deck is located. It is interesting that in some places the height of the rocks reaches 300 meters, and the total length of the canyon is more than 100 kilometers. Note to travelers:
Monk Gorge is located on the territory of the Almaty Nature Reserve. At the beginning of the 20th century, Orthodox schemniki secretly lived here. A few years later, their shelter was discovered, and all representatives were shot. The cave where the fraternity lived was blown up, so no trace or remains of the shelter have survived to this day. Approaching the gorge, travelers are greeted by a wooden church surrounded by shrubs and trees. Paved paths are not easy to overcome, so it is better to go sightseeing in comfortable clothes and shoes.
30 kilometers from Almaty is the Big Almaty Lake, which attracts tourists with its incredible landscapes. Depending on the season and weather conditions, the color of the water can change from light green to turquoise blue. The water in the lake is always cold, even glacial. It is forbidden to swim here because the water intake structure of the Almaty Cascade Hydroelectric Power Station, built half a century ago, is located on it. You can come here not only in order to watch spectacular panoramas, but also, for example, arrange a photo shoot or a picnic. By the way, the lake is a favorite place for city dwellers, where you can go to relax from the bustle of the city in fine weather.
If you rent a car, wildlife lovers should definitely visit the Assy Plateau, located at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level. This place is famous for its "wildness". Riding on an SUV here you can even meet herds of horses. Walking along the trails, tame squirrels or other cute rodents will meet every now and then. Interestingly, entire families still live in yurts in these places. These people managed to preserve their customs, traditions and completely deny the development of civilization, which is why they cause considerable interest. Traveling along the plateau, you should definitely visit the space station and the Bartogai reservoir, and finally go into the forest and try to harvest mushrooms.
113 Abylay Khan Ave. http://abr.kz/restaurants/aroma/
For a sandwich, dessert and a cup of coffee for breakfast in Almaty, go to Aroma. Incredibly cozy interior with many authentic details has a nice meal. It is worth trying a salad with poached egg, grilled chicken, cheesecake. There are no noisy roads nearby, so nothing will stop visitors from enjoying delicious dishes. By the way, in fine weather you can sit on the terrace and enjoy the views of the city.
St. Gogol, 72 http://www.ciaopizza.kz/index.php?id=2
If in abundance of local cuisine you would like something traditionally Italian, head to the Mamamia Restaurant. The highlight of the institution is average prices and a wide range of dishes. For lunch, you can order a huge pizza, fresh salad, hot meatball soup and a delicious dessert of your choice. The competent staff will make sure that everything is cooked as quickly as possible, and if you doubt this or that dish, you will be asked to order half of what you would like to try.
St. Kabanbay Batyr, 22
Traveling by car in the sights of the city, stop in the Shish kebab yard to try the amazing kebab according to the local recipe. As an addition, you can order a cradle, hitch. You should not expect a high level of service, while rest assured that you will appreciate the delicious pieces of meat. There is no dress code, stylish interiors - people come here to eat hearty and imbued with local flavor.
145 Abylay Khan Ave. https://m.facebook.com/pages/La-Barca-Fish-Wine-Almaty/772217756142106
Fans of seafood and delicious wine should visit the restaurant La Barca Fish & Wine. The menu offers Mediterranean and French cuisine. If you do not intend to study the menu for a long time, you can safely order veal cheeks, ribeye, dorado fillet with sauce. With the choice of wine, trust the waiter: they will probably tell you something special that will organically complement the main dish. Fast service and unique taste of delicacies will surely be appreciated even by the most capricious visitors.
Crossing Makatayev street / 58A Abylay Khan avenue http://www.rzk.kz/ru/index
Zhety Kazyna - perhaps one of the most colorful institutions in Almaty. The interior is riddled with national motifs, which makes it seem like moving in time at least a century ago. The menu offers Asian and European cuisine, but the main highlight is fusion cuisine, which has long conquered experienced guests of the city and local residents. The staff will help to understand the menu and give recommendations on the most delicious and delicious dishes.
St. Ospanova, 401
+7 727 300 0100 http://www.royaltulipalmaty.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=maps&utm_content=KAZ44976&utm_campaign=GoldenTulip double room - from € 150
Tourists who are going to rent a car, while wanting to stay in a comfortable hotel with all amenities, are advised to opt for Royal Tulip Almaty. The rooms of the hotel have a stylish interior, permeated with grace and elegance. Marble floors, crystal chandeliers, luxurious carpets impress. The windows and balconies offer lovely mountain views. It offers travelers a hammam, spa, swimming pool, steam room, free parking, a conference room.
St. Kurmangazy, 93/1
+7 727 272 2277 http://www.grandvoyage-hotel.kz/ double room - from € 91
Grand Voyage is a cozy hotel with comfortable apartments at a reasonable price. The main advantage is a good location: away from noisy streets and almost in the city center. Nearby are restaurants, shops. Friendly staff will fulfill any request and help deal with troubles. Spacious and clean rooms provide for a pleasant stay and carefree leisure activities. Using the room-service you can order breakfast in bed or ask for the latest press.
St. Timiryazev, 42, bldg. 10
+7 727 355 4242 http://aphotel.kz/ double room - from € 101
The Best Western Plus Atakent Park Hotel is one of the best value for money accommodation. Guests can enjoy delicious and varied breakfasts in the hotel restaurant. The spacious rooms have everything you need to feel at home, and the views from the windows remind you that you are in one of the most beautiful cities in Kazakhstan. The polite staff makes sure that each guest is comfortable. The hotel is suitable for both business trips and family vacations.
St. Furmanova, 176
+7 727 399 0033 http://www.irishotel.kz/ double room - from € 57
If you plan to stay in Almaty for a few days and are considering a budget option, stay at the Iris Hotel. The interior is spacious, while the rooms are clean and comfortable. It offers free parking, where you can leave a rental car and room-service. After having a delicious breakfast in the restaurant, you can go on a business meeting or on a city tour. By the way, there are many colorful bars and restaurants nearby, where it will be possible to pass the evening leisure.
St. Baitursynova, 27/1
+7 727 344 9999 https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/ramada/almaty-kazakhstan/ramada-almaty/overview?CID=LC:RA:20160927:Rio:Local double room - from € 109
Ramada Almaty is located in the central part of the city. It offers clean and spacious rooms, varied breakfasts and a high level of service. The apartment has all the amenities to feel comfortable. The hotel has a conference room where you can hold a business meeting or training, and a banquet room where you can celebrate an important event. Leisure activities include a fitness center, pool and spa. Ramada Almaty is suitable for any occasion: family vacation, travel with friends or a business trip.
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