Sevastopol has wonderful natural conditions, rich historical and cultural potential favouring the development of recreation. It ranks high among tourist centres of Ukraine. Annually more than 100 thousand tourists from different countries visit Sevastopol.
Over 254 licensed tour operators and travel agents provide qualitative travel services. The region has one of the biggest staff of the qualified guides.
A great number of health and bathing resorts are based in Sevastopol. Among them are different sanatoria and preventoria, health complexes, boarding houses, children's health camps and rest homes. The main part of the enterprises is private. The best ones are: "Vesta", "Afalina", rest camp "Sandy coast", country house "Adrija", health complex "Crimea". A significant amount of health complexes of seasonal type work year-round: children"s camp "Atlantic", "The Black Sea Atlanta", "Atlantic Travel", "Atlantic City", health complex "Crimea".
The system of accommodation is also presented by hotels and inns, motels, car campsites and yacht-clubs. The largest central hotels are: "Sevastopol", "Crimea" and "Ukraine".
According to the new tendencies in development of hotel service tourists can rent a private country house, apartment or a large set of rooms in the hotel.
The diverse structure of recreation favourably distinguishes Sevastopol region from other areas. Excursions and health promotion programs belong to the traditional offers; however the innovative kinds of tourism are also in a great demand. For instance: sea cruises, yachting, diving, rock climbing, cycle racing, paragliding, riding, wine sampling and others.
The festival tourism is in the lead. Different interesting events create the modern image of Sevastopol as a recreational centre. Traditional holidays attract a lot of visitors every year. First of all it is a Victory Day, further are the City Day, the Holiday of Historical Boulevard, Ukrainian and Russian Navy Days.Besides, during the summer various sport and musical festivals take place in the city. In 2010 the local citizens and tourists could visit such memorable events as: The National festival of automobile painting «AutoGRAF», the International festival "Auto exotic", the youth festival "Eco- energy", the International festival of military and historical clubs «Tower of Zenoah», the International Bike-Show 2010, the International festival of young performers «The Sea Songs», the XII International children's festival of national creativity "Goldfish", charitable International Festival of a popular song and tool music «Pearl Paradise». From May to October an unusual festival "The war and the peace" occurred. The organizers tried to combine various cultural projects: the Sevastopol festival of summer photos, exposition «Heroic Sevastopol», the festival of military orchestras "Sevastopol Military Tattoo", the festival of performances and media "Balaklava Odyssey", the Sevastopol film festival and the festival of balloons "Mongolferija". All in all the summer time is always eventful and unforgettable if it is spent in Sevastopol!