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Anapa is a holiday resort town located on the northern coast of the Black Sea near the Sea of Azov in Russia. Anapa, Sochi and several other holiday destination cities along the Russian coast of the Black Sea have seen a substantial increase in popularity since the break-up of the Soviet Union. The traditional holiday resorts for Soviets were in the Crimea which is now in the Ukraine. Anapa, as other Black Sea coast resorts, has a sunny summer climate and beautiful sandy beaches, but seldom draws tourists from countries other than Russia because of its lack of infrastructure and the difficulty of travel from Western Europe. Tourists to the area would have to arrive via Moscow or Krasnodar due to a lack of direct flights to this region. But, Anapa remains a popular and inexpensive holiday option for Russians who desire to stay at traditional Russian resorts than go to more expensive destinations such as Antalya, Kemer or Adana on the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt is another destination like the Turkish resorts that has traditionally been popular among Russians. Flights arrive at Anapa Airport from Moscow and Krasnodar. There is a railway station and an international passenger port for small ships as well as a bus station and a network of highways. Anapa has a mild semi-arid climate with very warm dry summers and cool wet winters. The average temperature in January is 2 °C with the average temperature in July being 22 °C. The annual precipitation averages about 400 mm.
The area around Anapa was settled in antiquity by Greeks. It was at first a major port (Sinda) and then the capital of Sindica. The colony of Gorgippia was built on the site of Sinda in the sixth century BCE by Pontic Greeks, who named it after a king of the Cimmerian Bosporus. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC, Gorgippia flourished, as did its shipowners, which controlled maritime trade in the eastern part of the Black Sea. A fine statue of Neokles, who was a local potentate and the son of Herodoros, was unearthed by Russian archaeologists and is now on exhibit at the Russian Museum. Gorgippia was inhabited until the 3rd century CE, when it was overrun by nomadic tribes. These tribes were of Circassian or Adyghe origin and gave Anapa its modern name. Anapa was part of Sarmatians, Ostrogoths, European Huns, Avars, Gokturks, Khazars, Circassians and Golden Horde. Anapa was conquered by the Genoese in 1300 and was renamed as Mapa. Genoese possession of it was lasted until Ottoman conquest in 1475. Ottomans completed a fortress for defense of it against Russian threat in 1791. The fortress was repeatedly attacked by the Russian Empire and was all but destroyed during the last siege in 1829. The city was passed to Russia after the Treaty of Adrianople in 1829. It was included in Black Sea okrug of Kuban oblast and was given city status in 1846. It was occupied by Ottomans between 1853-1856 during the Crimean War. It belonged to the Black Sea Governorate in 1896. Elizabeth Pilenko, later named as a saint in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, was the mayor during the Revolution. It became part of the Kuban-Black Sea Oblast in 1920. The name of the oblast was changed to "Krasnodar Krai" in 1937. During World War II it was occupied and totally demolished by Nazi Germany with the help of Romanian troops between August 30, 1942 and September 22, 1943.