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Koktebel (Ukrainian: Коктебель, Russian: Коктебель, Crimean Tatar: Köktöbel), formerly known as Planerskoye, is one of the most popular resort townlets in South-Eastern Crimea. Koktebel is situated on the shore of the Black Sea about halfway between Feodosiya and Sudak and is subordinated to the Theodosia city municipality. The original name Köktöbel is of Turkic origin: in Crimean Tatar it means “Land of the blue hills” (from kök, “sky blue”, and töbe, “hill” or “mountain”, composed with the collective suffix -el).

Koktebel is situated in about 125 km. from Simferopol international airport.
The founder of the local resort was the doctor-ophthalmologist Professor Z. Junge. He bought the land Koktebel Valley, and wanted to turn it into a flourishing resort, but miscalculated the costs of the investment. This forced the professor to sell land in small parts. Since the beginning of XX century there appeared the first cottage.

In 1916 in Koktebel settled a poet and artist, M.A. Voloshin. His country house has evolved into a kind of holiday home for creative people. Voloshin later handed over his house as a gift to the Writers' Union. From it grew the House of Art "Koktebel", now the House of the poet - the literary and art museum.
Today Koktebel is a very popular resort in the Crimea. Beaches of Koktebel are famous for the colorful and cozy coves, mountain scenery and colorful pebbles. All those who’ve been to Koktebel since the end of the last century, noticed its healthy dry air, due to which it is so easy to breathe, and walks bring you special pleasure. Kokteble is also one of the most popular site for paragliding and hang-gliding. Almost every day tourists see pilots flying over Klementeva mountain situated north-east from Koktebel.

In addition to a beach holiday tour of great pleasure to tourists is the nature Koktebel. Karadag Nature Reserve contains nearly all the flora and fauna of the Crimean coast.
Another attraction is the Koktebel Karadag Biological Station, which was founded by a medical doctor, T.I. Vyazemsky. The region, studied by scientists, thanks to a combination of land and sea, mountains and plains, forests, steppes and semi-deserts is a unique natural mineralogical complex. Here are found more than a thousand species of plants, including endemic (which are not found anywhere else), more than 1632 species of butterflies, 199 species of birds, 107 species of fish exist here. On the territory is created a museum of nature Kara-Dag, an aquarium is also present here. Especially popular are excursions to the Sea life attraction with dolphins, where seals and dolphins show their tricks.

"Golden Gate" is a basalt arch of natural origin, standing in water at a distance of thirty feet from shore in the Bay of Cornelian, the pearl of the Kara-Dag. Koktebel has many other coves, some of them are accessible to tourists if you go on foot along the shore of Koktebel. One of these the bay frog, named for its huge stones that resemble frogs. But to the coziest coves you have to go by sea.
Koktebel is nowadays also well known for its jazz festival that usually takes place in the middle of September. It lures the attention of jazz-lovers from the whole ex-USSR. Cast from the festival in past years included De-Phazz, Nino Katamadze, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham and many other famous jazz and world music performers.