Travel information Both British Airways and Aeroflot fly to Moscow. Connection fights must then be taken from Moscow to Yalta. For further details contact Intourist Moscow, Intourist House, 219 Marsh Wall, London E14 (tel: 01-538 8600). DESPITE BEING steeped in history, the Crimean Peninsula is probably best known for the town of Yalta, perhaps the most popular seaside resort east of the iron curtain. This popularity stems from its ideal situation. The south-eastern edge of the diamond-shaped peninsula – some one hundred miles long – faces across the Black Sea and is backed by a massive range of limestone mountains, rising to four thousand feet and beautifully wooded with pine, oak, beech and cypress. The mountains give protection from the cold north winds, making Yalta indeed the pearl of the Crimea. It is noted for its healthy, invigorating climate and equable temperature. When I was there in June, the sea and air temperatures were both 70°F. Some three million holiday-makers visit the area annually; most coming from the Soviet Union and East Germany. But Western Europe is also being encouraged to send parties of travellers – even if only for the foreign currency it brings! Most visitors will stay at the Hotel Yalta – a vast, modern, purpose-built hotel which can accommodate over two thousand, five hundred guests. It overlooks the sea and, since the beach is the biggest attraction, the two are connected by a lift and small tunnel. On the beach, guests have the use of a promenade, showers, bar and wooden boards for sunbathing.