Stravropol (Ставрополь) is a city in Russia.
The city was founded in 1777. It was first a fortress to defend the Southern borders of Russia. The city's name is of Greek origin and translated as "the city of a cross". Stavropol is the capital of the Stavropol Krai (one of Russia's territorial districts). Its population as of 2021 is around 350,000 people. It is a geographically and economically strategic city, an also a place where people from the nearby distressed Caucasus areas come to relax.
- 1 Stavropol Shpakovskoye Airport (STW IATA) (15 km away from Stavropol). Small airport. Several airlines fly to Moscow, and Turkish Airlines to Istanbul. Fares from Moscow start around €35, with multiple airlines.
You can also fly from Saint Petersburg or Moscow to Mineralnye Vody and then take a bus/minivan to Stavropol.
Or to Krasnodar with various low-cost airlines like UTair or Nordwind. Krasnodar is about 300 km from Stavropol, and it takes on average 5 hours to drive from there by bus or a minivan.
- From Moscow there are three weekly departures, travel time 1 day and 9 hours. One-way prices start around 1500 руб 'Platzkart' and 2000 руб 'Kupé'. Tickets are available at the website of RZD (in English).
- 1 Park Pobedy, Shpakovskaya ulitsa, 111. Has interesting statues and kitsch like dinos, jets, tanks, and a rubik cube. Then also has a zoo and botanic garden.
- 2 Triumphal Arch "Tiflis Gate", Prospekt Karla Marksa, 13. Arch marking beginning of Tiflis Highway (aka Karl Marx Ave) built in 1841.
- 3 Stavropol Regional Museum of Fine Arts (Ставропольский краевой музей изобразительных искусств), Ulitsa Dzerzhinskogo, 115-119, ☏ . W-Su 10:00-18:00. Small regional art museum but not without some appreciable works like by Ivan Aivazovsky that Russian Romance artist from Crimea.
- 4 Soldat and Fortress Mountain, Intendantskiy Pereulok, 5. Soldat is a patriotic monument to the soldiers who gave their lives to defend the mother country with a backdrop of certain vantage points of the city. Adjacent, Fortress Mountain commemorates the original barracks and settlement of Stavropol, by Cossacks, Kazakhs, and Russian imperialists. Also find here one of those musical lighted fountain shows seasonally.
- 5 Kafedral'nyy Sobor Kazanskoy Ikony Bozhiyey Materi (end of Ulitsa Suvorova), ☏ . The iconic cathedral of Stavropol.
- 6 Memory, Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945, Ulitsa Shaumyana, 45, ☏ . WWII museum. The highlight here may be the Eternal Flame Monument to Victory Day that sits out in front.
- 7 Stavropol State Museum-Reserve, Ulitsa Dzerzhinskogo, 135, Stavropol, ☏ . W-Su 10:00-17:00. Here is your regional archaeological and natural history museum. And don't miss the Alexander Area, a plaza extending north to the Eurohotel Stavropol, that is centered with the 25m guardian angel Monument Angel-Khranitel and often full of flowers and fountains (or maybe just shops and people in winter).
- 8 Art Gallery "Parshin", General Ermolova Boulevard, 1, ☏ . daily 11ː00-20ː00. A little foo-foo gallery for the art enthusiast. Featured are Sergey Parshin's works, but also some reproductions of Monet and Renoir. 250 RUB.
- 1 Central Park of Culture and Leisure of the city of Stavropol, Prospekt Oktyabr'skoy Revolyutsii, 22. daily 06ː00-01ː00. Another park, this one featuring a ferris wheel and other rides.
- 2 Theater Square (Teatral'nyy Skver), Ploshchad' Lenina, 1а, ☏ . This square is a nice pedestrian zone with statues (don't miss the big one to Lermontov) and Christmas trees, etc but also features the Stavropol Academic Drama Theater for those interested in live productions.
There is the Galereya next to the Alexander Area. Or there is:
- 1 Yevropeyskiy, Prospekt Karla Marksa, 47, Stavropol. daily 08:00-22:00 (maybe more like 08:45 opening on Su). Modern shopping mall and cinema. The Lower Market (a giant open food marketplace is just behind it).
- "Akropol" — a mainly Greek cuisine restaurant;
- 1 Theater Cafe ("Teatral'noye"), Ulitsa Mikhaila Morozova, 1 (just opposite the Stavropol Drama Theatre), ☏ . daily 08:00-23:00. a cafe where prices are in the upper medium range, a rather pleasant environment
- Bar "Kazachok" — traditional Russian and Ukrainian cuisine;
Night clubs and discos
- 2 FIRST Karaoke Bar, Ulitsa Pirogova, 31-А, ☏ . F-Sa 19ː00-06ː00, Su-Th 19ː00-03ː00. Food and fun.
- 1 Hotel Admiralskaya (Гостиница Адмиральская), Proyezd Ushakova, 36, ☏ . Kind of like a country inn only in a neighborhood and features an indoor pool/hot tub, sauna, and breakfast. 1193 руб.
- 2 Hotel Good Lac Central (Otel' Gud Lak Tsentral'nyy), Ulitsa Lenina, 392, ☏ . Cheery hostel/hotel with wifi. 1193 руб.
- 3 Dostoyevskiy, Ulitsa Rozy Lyuksemburg, 26, ☏ . Another hostel that is supposed to in some ways resemble Dostoyevsky's former estate.
- 4 Miniotel Spokoynyy Otdykh, Ulitsa 45-Ya Parallel', 5/3, ☏ . Features a restaurant/bar, hookah, billiards, massages. 1565 руб.
- 5 July Hotel, Ulitsa Bulkina, 11, ☏ . This hotel has pretty sleek and modern looking embellishments and amenities, like the pillows for instance. 1640 руб.
- 6 Inn Nicole, ul. L'va Tolstogo, 84, ☏ . This one is kind of minimalist but with nice wood interiors. Has a restaurant. 1715 руб.
- 7 Panorama Loft, пер. Макарова, 21. This place offers spacious rooms with private baths, morning breakfast, a bbq restaurant, and some city views. It has a very sleek look. 2609 руб.
- 8 Kontinent (Бизнес-Отель "КОНТИНЕНТ"), Ulitsa Dzerzhinskogo, 114, ☏ . Hotel tower with sauna, bowling alley, cafe, and 2 bars. Breakfast buffet included. 2684 руб.
- 9 Park Hotel, Ulitsa Dovatortsev, 47Б, ☏ . Real glassy hotel with a cafe and bar featuring a sunroof and also a gym. 2833 руб.
- 10 Eurotel Stavropol (Yevrootel' Stavropol), Ulitsa Marshala Zhukova, 1, ☏ . It's a big monolithic building with a gym and massage parlor, and they'll fix you up good with some pancakes in the morning. 2833 руб.
There was the WiFi-Anet commercial network in Stavropol.