Odessa is the third most populous city of the Ukraine and a major touristic center, seaport and transport hub, located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. Thanks to its humid continental climate, many locals and more and more tourists go to Odessa for summer holidays. During the tsarist era, Odessa's climate was considered to be beneficial for the body, and thus many wealthy but sick people were sent to the city to relax and recuperate. This resulted in the development of spa culture. Odessa is well known also because of its naval base and industries like fish building and fishing. Don’t miss out to visit the Seventh-Kilometer Market, and also the famous Potemkin Stairs with its optical illusion. Being a big harbour and home of the biggest fishing fleet of the country, of course you can find many tasty specialities of fish and seafood, and you can also find Georgian cuisine. If you are interested in culture, make sure you go one evening the the Opera or the Ballet Theatre, and be impressed by the talent of the artists.