Beautiful buzzing city, charming and fabulous at any time of the year! It is virtually the only megalopolis in the world with a world-class ski resort, which can be reached in just 30 minutes from the city center! In winter, it is incredibly cozy here: a lot of fluffy white snow covers huge spruces in the streets of Almaty, making the city look more like a decoration for Christmas movies. In spring and summer, Almaty will wrap you up with warmth, the scent of pine needles and mouth-watering smells coming from summer cafes and coffee shops. There is plenty of entertainment options here and absolutely for every taste!
What to see and do in Almaty?
Of course, like any city, Almaty has its own list of places that you should definitely visit:
- Some of the must-see locations in Almaty: Park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen, Ascencion Cathedral (also known as Zenkov Cathedral), Green Bazaar, where you can taste and buy local food; Kok Tobe TV Tower and Recreation Area, where you can get on a cable car and enjoy a stunning view of the city. Also, walk through Jibek Joly Avenue and Panfilov Street, admiring the beauty of the local architecture.The Old Square (also known as Abay Square) is also worth visiting - something interesting is always happening there.
- City entertainment: choose any among many malls, cinemas, restaurants, and clubs.
- Outdoor activities: Medeu, the highest skating rink at 1691 m above sea level, where you can experience skating in the open air with beautiful high mountains around; or Shymbulak Ski Resort, ideal place for skiing both for beginners and professional skiers, especially if you do not want to travel far from the city.
- Trekking outside the city: Big Almaty Lake, Kok-Jailau or Charyn Canyon - incredible landscapes not far from Almaty, will be your best impression about your trip to Almaty.
At any time of the year, Almaty will welcome you with open arms - there is no bad weather here. Almaty is literally created for travel, so try to give it as much of your time as possible. Believe us, it's worth it!