The Kara Dag volcanic mountain is located in Crimea near Koktebel. It is also a nature reserve. Koktebel was known as a vacation spot for writers in the Soviet Union. There is a mixture of public and private beaches with a paved walkway all along the bay. On this walkway there are small restaurants, cafes, kiosks, and small market areas selling arts and crafts, dried fish. In the evening, the walkway comes alive with many small discos.