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  • Odessa is just perfect for a romantic retreat and staying at the centrally located Frederic Koklen you’ll enjoy both the historic area and the intimate ambiance of the hotel.

    Once called little Paris, Odessa is an ideal romantic retreat if you are traveling in Ukraine. Walk along its cobbled streets with beautiful mansions and century old plain trees, take in the sound and smell of the Black Sea, have a cup of morning coffee in the cozy courtyard of the magnificent Opera House listening to the opera tunes. Odessa’s historic area boasts many beautiful, yet intimate places, which will make your visit an experience you’ll always remember.

    Here are just a few ideas of the romantic tour route for your visit to Odessa:

    • Leaving the hotel, turn right and walk till you hit the T-section. This is Gogolya street. Turn left on Gogolya street and walk down till you see a bridge on your right. This is the Mother-in-Law bridge. Stroll along the bridge taking in the beautiful views of the Bay of Odessa, the city and the port. A city legend says it that the Mother-in-Law bridge a while ago connected the hearts of a young Greek man and a local girl. This legend created a tradition to hang locks, but not on the gates of the bridge. You’ll see the heart, which stands at one of the bridge’s ends. This is the “Heart in Love”. Look around while standing at the “Heart” and you’ll see an enchanting area with the statue, the old gazebo and the bridge, a perfect setting to take a few romantic pictures.
    • The Vorontsov Colonnade is one of the most romantic places in Odessa’s historic city center. From there, thousands of local young ladies looked at the Black sea and the horizon trying to see the ship sailing back home with their loved ones. Between the second and third columns is the place for kissing. According to the local tradition, a couple standing there absolutely must kiss.
    • Walk along Primorsky boulevard to the legendary Potemkin Steps. Walk down the Steps.  Cross the road and you’ll find yourself at the cruise port area, which provides magnificent views on the city, Odessa Bay, the marina and the century old white beacon. The cruise port is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset and watch the ships and boats sailing into the harbor.
    • Primorsky boulevard is one of the best places for a romantic walk. Walk along the boulevard, watch the locals, sip a cup of coffee or take a carriage ride along the boulevard and cobbled streets of the historic quarter.
    • The Statue of Cupid and Psyche. Located in the cozy courtyard of the Opera House, called in a French style “Palais Royal”, the statue is a must visit of the romantic route. According to the ancient Greek legend, Cupid’s mother, Venus, learnt that an earthy young girl called Psyche was more beautiful than her. Venus got jealous and sent her son to revenge. But Cupid fell in love with Psyche. The couple overcame lots of challenges, Venus did not approve of the marriage of her divine son with an earthy girl. And only the interference of Jupiter changed the destiny of Cupid and Psyche. They gave birth to a son, whom Psyche named Pleasure.

    According to a local tradition, couples whose parents are against their marriage, come to this statue to tell that they love each other. They say that after that nothing can stop them from being together.

    • «Couples in Love» Staircase

    Right behind the statue to Jose de Ribas, at the beginning of Deribasovskaya street (all streets in the historic quarter start from the sea), there's a narrow staircase. Walk down the staircase, saying words of love to each other with every step you make. Follow this Odessa's tradition and you'll be hearing words of love your whole life. And if you run out of words, come up with a solution!

    • City Garden is one of Odessa’s beautiful and oldest parks, a perfect place for a romantic stroll and a photo shoot. Don’t miss a three meter bronze heart, which is designed as a tree, but instead of leaves it has hearts with the word “love” written in different languages. Take pictures with the gazebo and in front of the music fountain. Aah, and don’t forget to throw a coin in to the fountain and say a wish. Do it and you’ll definitely come back. And if you want your feelings to become strong and last long, walk to the “tree of love” and touch it, holding hands.
    • Wall of Characters in the inner courtyard of “Passage” on Deribasovskaya street
      Ask your loved one to point at the character, which resembles you most. You’ll look at yourself through the eyes of your loved one and understand what he or she thinks of you.

    One more really special thing can happen to you if you book the Frederic Koklen’s Special Romantic Date Package , designed for those in love. And don’t forget to arrange a romantic dinner in one of local restaurants. Our concierge service will recommend a proper for the occasion restaurant and help reserve a table.

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