by Denis Belitsky
Ai-Petri is a peak in the Crimean Mountains. For administrative purposes it is in the Yalta municipality of Crimea, Ukraine.
The name has Greek origin, and is translated as St. Peter. Ai-Petri is one of the windiest places in Ukraine. The wind blows for 125 days a year, reaching a speed of 50 m/s (110 mph).
The peak is located above the city of Alupka and the town of Koreiz. There is a Cable Car that takes passengers from a station near Alupka to the main area in Ai-Petri.
Ai-Petri (Greek for ‘Saint Peter’) is one of the most famous Crimean mountaints. Its picturesque peaks, which fence off Yalta from the outer world, have become the symbol not just of the southern coast, but also of the entire Crimean peninsula.
This legendary massif is attractive for tourists because from its peaks, one can get an amazing view over the whole southeastern coast of Crimea. In order to see these fantastic panoramas, numerous travelers climb the Ai-Petri all year round.