What to see in Plyos in one day
The city-reserve Plyos is known for the paintings of Isaac Levitan.
This historic settlement of federal importance. Many monuments have survived in the town, including unique wooden churches from the 17th century, brought here from various parts of the Ivanovo region.
Plyos is located on the right bank of the Volga, 70 km from Ivanovo. The area of the town is only 3 km², and its population is 1732 people. In the center of Ples does not go public transport and there are small wooden houses. Around – the river expanse and picturesque coniferous and deciduous forests.
I went to Ples with my parents in October 2020 for only two days, but during that time we managed to feel its atmosphere. The quiet and peaceful town impressed us with its history and beautiful views.
I made a 3 km long walking route and included the main attractions of the city: observation points, historic buildings and museums. I will also tell you about the river tour on the Volga River on a pleasure boat.
What you will see
How to get there
By car. My parents and I went to Plyos by car from Kaluga via Moscow. From Moscow you can get to Plesa by Gorkovskoye or Yaroslavskoye highway. The distance from Mkad in the first case – 350 km, in the second – 380 km. The road will take about 6 hours.
From late spring to early fall on weekends and holidays, entrance to Plyos by private car is allowed only to those who live, work in the city or have booked a hotel there. This is due to the high tourist load of Ples.
At the border of the city is equipped parking, where you can leave a car for 200 P per day. From here to the center goes a minibus, which is equipped with a sign with the logo of the city – a green-blue heart. It’s free to ride if you show a parking receipt. The bus runs from 10:00 to 22:00, but I could not find a more exact schedule.
Parking at the border of Plesa.
The historical part of the city can be reached on foot in 15-20 minutes: the Sobornaya Mountain, where our route begins, is only 1,3 km from the parking lot. When there are few tourists, they are allowed to reach the center in their own car.
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By bus. To Plesa bus station from Moscow from the Central bus station daily at 18:00. Travel time – 7 hours, the cost of the ticket – from 850 R .
Buses go and from other cities of Russia. You can also book a sightseeing tour, for example, on the site of tour operator “Alean” or in “Travel Shop”.
By train. In Plese there is no own train station, but you can get to Ivanovo, and there change to a bus or order a cab. From Moscow to Ivanovo there is a high-speed train “Lastochka”. The train leaves from the Kursk station several times a day. The trip time – less than 4 hours, the ticket costs from 739 R. The cost of a train ticket is less than 4 hours.
Night trains to Ivanovo go daily from Yaroslavsky station. Travel time – about 7 hours, the ticket costs from 465 P. For details see Yandex-schedules.
Every day from Ivanov to Plesa bus station there are 10 buses. Journey time – from 1 hour 20 minutes, the ticket costs from 200 P . A cab ride will cost about 1,300 R . You can find the rating of the best cab services in Ivanovo and their phone numbers at reiting-taksi.ru.
By ship. A cruise on the Volga by ship is the longest and most expensive, but at the same time the most interesting way to get to the city. Motor ships with a stop in Ples go on different routes from Moscow and St. Petersburg. For example, a place in a cabin for two on a ship that will sail on a six-day cruise from Moscow in September 2021 will cost 29,000 R .
On Sobornaya Mountain, or Freedom Mountain, is one of the most beautiful places in Ples, which is beloved by artists. There are paintings being made here at every step. On the mountain of 54 meters is the most famous observation deck of the city with panoramic views of the surrounding area and the beautiful Volga.
In the 12th century on Sobornaya Mountain the first defensive fortress was built, which is where Plyoss began its existence. Unfortunately, the fortress has not been preserved – today tourists can see only the remains of the shaft. On the mountain there is also the oldest preserved building of the city – Assumption Cathedral – and a monument to Vasily I, who erected it.
The Market Square is a 5 minute walk from the Sobornaya mountain. It is called the shopping center of Ples. On the square have survived Upper Trading Rows, built in the 19th century. Earlier there were shops of merchants: Groshev sold bread, and Smirnov brothers – alcohol. On the side of the embankment were flour rows: in the 19th century flour was actively traded there.
Now tourist buses are parked on the square, and locals sell forest berries and homemade stuff. There are many stores with souvenirs, textile products and Plesky delicacies – mainly smoked fish and dried sausages. Here are some examples of prices:
- good smoked fish – from 500 P ;
- a mug with the image of Plesa – 400 P;
- handmade soap – 100 P;
- magnet – up to 100 P.
On the Market Square is a stone Church of the Resurrection and wooden Church of the Archangel Michael of the 19th century. It was brought from Antonovskoe village.
Kalashnaya street – the oldest in Ples. It is small and not even marked on the google map, but it is difficult to pass by: there is a large sign. The street is located directly opposite the Market Square.
In the 17-18 centuries, Kalashnaya Street had barns, warehouses, merchants’ shops, drinking houses and taverns. Today the street is a large beautiful fair with wooden rows. From the stalls sell souvenirs from Kostroma and Plesa, paintings, amulets, linen products, toys, painted dishes and other items. Most of the products are handmade by local craftsmen.
Plesa embankment was built by order of Catherine II. A special commission dealt with the layout of the buildings, of which only those were built that were approved by the Empress herself. Many houses of the 18th and 19th centuries have survived to this day. Most of them are merchant’s estates: for example, the House with mezzanine, the estate of the merchant Gromov, the estate of the merchant Novozhilov.
The embankment stretches along the river for 1.5 km along Sovetskaya Street. It looks nice and well maintained. Not surprisingly, it is one of the most visited tourist places in the city: there is ancient architecture, interesting sculptures, a river station and wooden piers with numerous boats and launches. From here you can enjoy stunning views of the Volga.
On the waterfront it is worth a look at the stores and eateries that sell delicious smoked fish and corners – half-opened pies filled with smoked bream. Locals call them a traditional Plesa dish. One of the most popular places to try angles is the Fish Corner diner. There a pie costs about 50 R .
Also on the embankment is “Dachnitsa” – a sculpture of a girl from the 19th century. In a light dress and a hat, she sits on a bench and admires the landscape through an easel.
On the pier you can take a tour boat and take a ride on the Volga. During navigation – from early May to late October – the ships leave every hour from 10:00 to 18:00. The trip takes 45-50 minutes. Adult ticket costs 300 R, children – 150 R.
It is worth to look at the Plyos from the water.
I think after the walk it’s nice to look at the Volga and the Plyoss from a different angle, so we took a boat ride. The guide spoke in detail about the history of the city and all its attractions. For example, about the tree of love – so they call it the two joined pines, on the branches of which they tie a ribbon to make the wish come true. I recommend this tour, it was interesting.
The house-museum of Isaac Levitan is located in the merchant’s mansion of Solodovnikov on the waterfront. There in 1888-1889 the artist lived and created together with his friends Sofia Kuvshinnikova and Alexei Stepanov.
It costs a ticket to the Levitan museum
During his stay in Ples, Levitan admired his landscapes and created 23 canvases and two hundred sketches. It was here that he wrote his famous paintings: “A Quiet Cloister,” “After the rain. Ples,” “Evening. Golden Plyos”, “Birch Grove.
The museum exposition is presented in three halls. The first provides a brief biography of the artist. Photographs detail his life in Ples. In a separate showcase are personal belongings Levitan, presented to him by his relatives: a palette, a box for stamps, the tip of the cane and mastichin – a tool used in oil painting.
In the second room is an exhibition of paintings by Levitan and his friends and other personal belongings of the author. The third room is located on the second floor of the house, in the mezzanine. There are memorial rooms of the artist and his friends – tourists can see the atmosphere of the 19th century.
Levitan House Museum of Art is open from 10:00 to 17:00 in wintertime and from 09:30 to 17:30 in summertime. The cost of the ticket for an adult – 200 R . Tickets for Ivanovo Region pensioners, students and schoolchildren – 120 R.
In the Museum of landscape collected works by artists of different directions of landscape school of the second half of the 19th – early 20th century. Adult ticket to the permanent exhibition is R 150, for pupils and students – R 80.
The cost of a ticket to the Museum of Landscape
The museum often hosts temporary exhibitions as well. For example, in November 2020, an exhibition of satirical and mythical cheapo pictures from the 18th and 19th centuries, “Indecent is decent,” opened.
The Landscape Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the wintertime and from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the summertime.
This is the house depicted in Levitan’s painting “Evening. Golden Plyos. Source: Katsiuba Volha / Shutterstock
Levitan’s Mountain is 50 meters high, but it is harder to climb here than on the Sobornaya Mountain. There is a large wooden staircase that leads to the top.
From Mount Levitan there is a beautiful view of the Plyos and the Volga. There is a viewing platform, a monument to the artist and a wooden church of the Resurrection of Christ of the 17th century.
The church was moved here in 1982 from the village of Bilyukovo in Ivanovo region to fill the void in place of the once-burned down Peter and Paul Church, depicted by Levitan in his painting “Above Eternal Rest.” It is possible to enter the church, the entrance is free. Surprisingly, there is not a single fresco inside: everything is wooden and each icon is expertly carved from wood.
The old cemetery where the church stands is almost indistinguishable, most of the tombstones have been lost.
It is said that it was Mount Levitan with its views that inspired the artist to move to Ples. He painted most of his Ples landscapes on it, so they erected a monument to him on the mountain.
Food. Almost every restaurant or cafe in Ples offers old traditional dishes: the famous Ples bream of hot smoking, Russian kulebyaki, cottage cheese kulejka and angles, about which I told above.
There are many decent establishments with a varied menu in the city, but most of them are expensive – the prices are Moscow prices. In the restaurants “Grand Owl”, “Plesky Beer House”, “Private Visit” is cozy and beautiful, but a dinner of soup and hot will cost at least 1000-1500 P for one.
Eat a cheaper meal at any of the coffee shops on the waterfront: for example, in “Coffee Sophia Petrovna Kuvshinnikova”, which serves kulejka, cherry cake and a favorite cookie Levitan, or in the “Fish Corner” average bill – 500 P . In restaurants “Dachny bar” and “Favorit” also reasonable prices.
Lodging. There are a lot of options where you can stay in Ples: hotels, guest houses and holiday homes, apartments. The prices seemed to me high: one night in a hotel costs from 2000 P for one, in an apartment – from 2500 to 5000 P, in a guest house – from 700 to 11 000 P.
I recommend booking accommodation in advance. Ples is very popular among Russian and foreign tourists. You can look for lodging options on “Buking” or on the site plyos.info.
Excursions. For those who want to know more about Plyos, I recommend taking an individual tour of the city. I have seen such offers from locals on Sobornaya Mountain. Interesting excursions can also be booked on “Tripster”, prices – from 2000 P .
Entertainment. In Ples, fairs and themed exhibitions are often held, especially on holidays. The poster is posted on the official website of the city.
In winter, the Milovka skiing complex works. There are two elevators for beginners and advanced skiers. On weekends to rent a set of skis, boots and poles costs 500 P per hour, a pass for 30 climbs – 900 P . You can take a class with an instructor, the hour costs 1400 R .
In summer Plese has equipped beaches with free entrance: “Central”, “Lower” and “Upper”. Each – clean sand and easy descent into the water, there are free sun loungers.
Hilly slopes of Milovka are suitable for skiing and snowboarding. Source: Milovka group in Vkontakte
Other museums. In addition to the Levitan House Museum and Landscape Museum, which I described above, there are other places in town that are no less interesting to visit.
“Provincial Art Gallery-M”, a museum of porcelain, lacquer and painting, keeps a unique exposition of artifacts from the 20th century. The Museum of the “Court Seats” tells about the early history of Ples. You can read about other museums of the city on the tourism portal of the Ivanovo region.
Weekends in Ples: Levitan landscapes, fish corners and bell ringing
The ancient town of Plyos, with the beautiful name of Plyos, is located 400 km northeast of Moscow. In 1888, the painter Isaac Levitan, traveling along the Volga, saw a settlement on the hills, stayed there for three years – and wrote more than 200 landscapes here. Chekhov, who saw them, said to his friend, “You know, a smile appeared in your paintings.
It’s exactly the same feeling my husband and I left Plyos with – we are still smiling when we remember the city. We have been here many times, and I am sure we will come back to stroll through the streets with pre-revolutionary buildings, take a boat ride on the Volga, try kuleiki and fish corners, take a break from the bustle of the big city and catch inspiration, which in Plyos is in abundance.
What to see in Plyos: attractions and places of interest
Since Levitan’s time, the appearance of the city has changed little. It is still picturesquely scattered on the hills and reflected in the Volga. The streets are full of stylized merchants’ shops. Small colorful houses boast their wooden carvings, boats lie lazily by the shore, and cobblestone paths curl underfoot.
Get lost in Plyos is impossible: at every step tourist maps showing “what and where.
The density of attractions for the city with a population of about 1800 people is impressive. The most interesting I have marked on the map – you can build your route. Start it from the parking lot, I marked it on the map number 1.
Merchant’s shops and antique signs.
We are on Market Square in front of Resurrection Cathedral, close by are the noisy Flour Rows and Kalashnaya Street. The venues are styled like the old times, with signs with “yer” and “yat” on all sides. Yer is the old name of the hard sign (ъ). Yat is written as a soft sign with a rung (ъ).
That said, Plyos has no legacy of Soviet architecture, so everything looks like a teleport to pre-revolutionary Russia.
Resurrection Cathedral and view of the Volga
Behind the Resurrection Cathedral (1817) is a viewing platform overlooking the Volga, and next door is a wooden chapel of the Archistratigus Michael (1825), which was moved from the village of Antonovo, Privolzhsky District, Ivanovo Region.
Corner of the USSR
On Lenin street, a stone’s throw from Resurrection cathedral, a strange house number 5 suddenly appeared out of the general picture. Above the fence is an inscription “Our Homeland – USSR. 1922-1991”, portraits of Lenin, Stalin, scraps of slogans, portraits of Politburo members are everywhere, and in the windows of the lower floor – portraits of marshals from the Great Patriotic War. The owner of the house was an ideological communist, as is evident from the homemade plaque.
The cat Mukha sits on the crossing of Sovetskaya St. and Ostrovskogo St. Her prototype is Plyoss artist Vitaly Panchenko’s favorite cat, named Fly.
On the descent from the Market Square – a monument to Fyodor Chaliapin. The singer had a dacha in this area – 5 kilometers downstream of Plyos on the Volga.
According to one of the urban legends, Chaliapin stepped off the ship in Plyos, leisurely walked through the market square, bought five pounds of sunflower seeds, and, cracking them, looked around with a smile. “Chaliapin!” – was heard in the crowd. “So he’s polishing his throat with sunflower seeds,” someone said jokingly. “Come on, fool’s field,” interrupted another voice. – “You polish your throat with a different kind of polish. A clinking of the throat followed. Word of Chaliapin’s arrival swept through the town, and the singer was already being followed by a huge crowd. Asked, of course, to sing, but he, smiling, refused, and still throwing seeds in his mouth, joked: “My throat is not polished. (Source – D. B. Oinas. “Chaliapin F. I. in Plyos. Legends and Facts”).
Next to the figure of a little girl and a dog, the composition is called “Olya and Gudok”. These are real characters. Olya – daughter of merchant Chernev, her father traded in butcher shops on the site of the current tavern “Krutoyar”, and the dog’s name was Gudok
Embankment and Levitan house-museum
We walk along Sovetskaya Street, which turns into Lunacharsky Street. This is the local embankment. Here you can see historical buildings, stone and half-stone merchant mansions: the house of merchants Smirnovs, house of merchant Maklakshin, Bakakin-Vekshin house, Podgornykh mansion. They are now apartments, hotels, museums, workshops of artists.
There are four state museums on the embankment: the house-museum of Isaac Levitan (Lunacharskogo street, 4), Levitan Cultural Center (Lunacharskogo street, 6), Museum of Landscape (Lunacharskogo street, 20) and an exhibition of arts and crafts of Ivanovo area (Sovetskaya street, 41).
House-museum of Isaac Levitan. Here you will see “Crimean landscape”, “Volga”, “Plyos”, “Sunset on the Volga” and other famous paintings of the artist, paintings of his beloved Sofia Kuvshinnikova, their personal belongings, interactive stands with biographical information
Levitan is immortalized twice in Plyos. One of the monuments stands next to the house where the artist rented a room on the second floor from 1888 to 1890, and where now a museum in his honor.
At the end of the embankment near the museum of landscape stands the sculpture “Dachnitsa”. This is the artist Sofia Kuvshinnikova, Levitan’s lover, with whom he traveled on the Volga
Sobornaya Mountain, where the ancient fortress used to stand
Locals have decided not to be trifling, and all the hills of the city are called mountains. There are comfortable routes with stairs leading to three of them (Voskresenskaya – People’s Tchuchok, Sobornaya and Levitan’s Hill). I recommend climbing each of them, as they offer stunning views of the Volga and the city.
The path to Sobornaya Gora squeezes between the Art Nouveau house and the house with mezzanine: they are marked as such on all maps of Plyos.
With Sobornaya Mountain began the history of Plyos, it is one of the highest points on the Upper Volga, and besides the steep banks are cut so ravines, that even around the fortress dig artificial trenches were not needed. This is where the city was founded in 1410 to protect the borders of Russia from attacks from the east.
The wooden log fortress on the hill was erected on the order of Moscow Prince Vasily, son of Dmitry Donskoy. After one dashing raid Plyoso (as the town was called before) was hastily restored, but the fortress was no longer of such good quality, so by the XVII century it rotted away. Restoration was not started.
On Sobornaya Mountain is one of the oldest monuments in Plyos: the only monument in Russia to Moscow Prince Vasily I, son of Dmitry Donskoy. Address: Yurievskaya street, 4.
Nearby is the museum and exhibition complex “Prestvennye Mesto” with an exhibition “Ancient Plyos and the Ivanovo Land” and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the oldest preserved building in the city (1699). Museum and exhibition complex working hours, prices and exhibitions can be viewed at the official website.
Nikolskaya Street: colorful houses, carved platbands
I gathered a splendid photo collection of platbands in Plyos. If you’re a connoisseur like me, the quest begins on Nikolskaya Street and continues on Varvarinskaya and Kirovska Streets.
In Plyos, by the way, a project called “Hidden Russia” is being implemented, which aims to preserve the historical heritage. Therefore, more and more beautiful restored houses appear in the streets.
In many restored houses in Plyos you can stay. This 19th-century merchant’s mansion on Kirov St., 8, for example, is a boutique hotel
There are also two interesting genre sculptures on Nikolskaya Street. A bronze city-countryman stands at the intersection of Kirov Street and Kropotkin Alley. Keeps order! Not far from here, near the Provincial Art Gallery-M (Nikolskaya St., 20), the bronze landscape artist Vyacheslav Fedorov, a native of the Ivanovo Region, takes his inspiration.
In the past, the mountain was called Petropavlovskaya: there was a church of Peter and Paul (1561). The church enchanted Levitan and became part of his masterpieces, among them “Above Eternal Rest.” Type into the navigator the address “8 Kirov St.” and you will come to the stairs leading up the mountain.
Unfortunately, the temple “from the picture” burned down in 1903. Legendary landscape was replenished in 1982, bringing from the village Bilyukovo Ivanovo region replacement – Resurrection Church (1699). Another 30 years later a bronze Levitan with an easel was installed on the mountain.
The pogost on the Peter and Paul Hill has existed since at least the 16th century. All the crosses on the mountain are historical reconstruction
Churches and domes
There are many churches in Plyos, but it was Varvarinsky that drew us to it. It was constantly climbing into the frame – then from the Sobornaya Hill, then from the embankment, then from Mount Levitan. No wonder the great painter painted it more than once.
We were lucky, we were on Easter and everyone was allowed to ring the bells.
In Plyos, the Volga appears as that great Russian river – with high, beautifully outlined wooded banks, with houses and lighthouse churches scattered along them.
Quay with pleasure boats (pier “Dana”) and cashier’s office is easy to find: you need to go down to the Volga from the Market Square, where the Church of the Resurrection stands. They depart every hour from 10:00 until sunset. We caught the last boat! Just to see Plyos in the setting sun. Price – 400 ₽ per person.
The ride on the Volga is accompanied by an audio tour. There are no plaids on the boats, so dress warmer.
The walk takes about an hour. From the water you’ll see Plyos, the place where Levitan and Kuushinkina dated, ex-President Medvedev’s dacha, a gas station on the water and other interesting objects
Old Slavonic word “Plyos” used to mean “lake”, and then another meaning settled: “the stretch of river from turn to turn”.
What to see near Plyos
Ecovillage “Znatnaya Storona” is located in the village Vygolovo, 5 kilometers from Plyos. The opportunity to live in a real rustic hut, enjoy the taste of bread from the Russian oven with fresh milk, ride horses, lead dances and learn Russian romances, pick mushrooms, berries, meet the inhabitants of the poultry yard and mini-farm. All details are on the official site. At different times this eco-village was visited by Emir Kusturica, Rafe Fiennes, Slava Polunin, Pavel Lungin. A worthwhile place!
Where to eat in Plyos
The gastronomic brand of Plyos is fish corners. These are open triangular-shaped patties filled with fish smoked on alder wood chips. They are said to be traditional: such pies have been baked since the time of Ivan the Terrible. You can taste them in a place with the same name.
This place occupies the eastern corner of the former Plesski Muchny Ryadov building, built in the 1840s. On the menu are not only corners with smoked bream, but also ear in glasses and also ginger-rubber tea. The average bill is ₽400.
Historical mansion on the embankment, bright and photogenic interior in pink and mint colors. Here they know the recipe of Isaak Levitan’s favorite cookies, and also offer to try kuleika, bird cherry cake, Plyossky gingerbread “Rybuli-Glazuli”, rustic cream sugar, liver pie “Krymov”, Ethiopian coffee, Bashkir tea, cocktails kir and Rossini in Plyossky. Great coffee to go. The average bill is 650 ₽.
Beer has been brewed in Plyoss since the 18th century, and the Plyoss beer house belonged to a local merchant Fyodor Averin who was a friend of an Austrian who knew a lot about beer and left secret recipes. The place is topped with burrata, a hunter’s pan and a taster’s set (a set of five local beers). The average check is 750 ₽.
European, Russian cuisine, there is a special vegan menu. Abundant author’s tinctures. One of the rooms has a fireplace, the other has panoramic windows overlooking the Volga. I advise to try the risotto with ceps, picked in the Ivanovo region, fish okroshka “Schuchina” with kvass, served with the Volga pike-perch, homemade rhubarb pie. It’s better to reserve a table in advance by phone +7 (996) 517-06-08. Average bill – 3000 ₽.
In Tula – gingerbread, in Tver – fire cutlets, in Yakutsk – stroganina, in Vladikavkaz – Ossetian pies. And in Plyos – fish corners!
When to go to Plyos
Plyos is good in any season. The average temperature in winter is -8 ° C, in summer it is +22 ° C. If you want to see the city in bloom and catch a pilgrimage of artists – come in May, if you are interested in Plyos in the gold – in September and October, want to swim in the Volga – in July. Water temperature in summer +19 ° C, I recommend the beach near the sanatorium “Actor-Plyos”: clean sand, comfortable descent, the current is not felt, there are water attractions for children.
For fans of active winter holidays near Plyos there is a small ski resort “Milovka”. Pass for a day for 30 climbs on weekdays – 600 ₽, on weekends – 1500 ₽, there is a tubing track (600 ₽ / hour).
Be sure to keep an eye on the city poster: there are always plein airs, film festivals, classical music festivals and themed holidays in Plyos. Popular are “Plyos on the Volga. Linen Palette, “Dacha Festival named after Chaliapin and Plyoss animation festival. These days in the city more people than usual.
How to get to Plyos
The distance from Moscow to Plyos is 400 kilometers. On personal transport I recommend a route: the exit by the Gorky highway through Vladimir, Suzdal and Ivanovo. All three cities belong to the Golden Ring of Russia, so it is beautiful there and you can make stops.
In Plyos do not allow cars of one-day tourists. Entry into the city is allowed only for local residents or on special passes, while others park a couple of kilometers from the historic center. There are lots of places, parking is free as well as a shuttle from the parking to the Market Square.
If you use public transport, get on “Lastochka” (swift train) from Kursk railway station. Train runs four times a day, 3 hours 40 minutes, 894 ₽, then take a bus to Plyos (runs from bus station, 1.5 hours, 230 ₽).
How to get around the city
Bicycles: rent an apartment in Plyos (Sovetskaya St., 19), Grand Sova (Varvarinskaya St., 18), Voskresenskaya Dacha (Lenina St., 20).
By electric scooter – rent at 35, Kornilova St.
On foot. Do not forget that Plyos is on seven hills, there are stairs everywhere, so scooters and bikes are a great option only for the promenade. Farther and higher – still on foot.
Where to stay in Plyos
Plyos is a small town, so the choice of accommodation depends only on your budget. You can choose from comfortable seafront apartments with a view of the Volga (house Bakakina – Vekshina, from 3500 ₽ / day), accommodation in renovated wooden mansions (boutique hotel Sophie – from 16 500 ₽ / day), hotels with spa centers and saunas, like Grand Sova (from 8400 ₽ / day).
It’s better to book six months in advance, so there’s more choice. In case your trip to Plyos is pure improvisation (decided today let’s go tomorrow), and there are no decent places for a decent price, you can consider nearby towns: Privolzhsk, Krasnoe-on-the Volga, Dudkino. We once settled in Privolzhsk (just 18 kilometers from Plyos), it is convenient if you have a personal car.
What to bring from Plyos
- Tchuvilki (clay whistles). Chuvil is the name of the area of the Cathedral Hill of Plyos for the abundance of chirping birds (150 ₽, Kalashnaya Street).
- Fish Corners in a souvenir box (390 ₽, Fish Corner eatery)
- “Levitan’s Favorite Cookies” in a gift box (99 ₽, Sofia Petrovna Kuvshinnikova’s coffee shop).
- Kuleiki (Russian version of cheesecake, whole pie – 1,000 ₽, slice – 100 ₽, Sofia Petrovna Kuvshinnikova coffee house).
- “Old Plyos”, semi-dark caramel beer for 250 ₽/liter, Plyos beer house.
- Linen tablecloths (from 2000 ₽, Linen Hut).
- Gift albums with Plyoss landscapes (about 1,500 ₽, in museums).
- Wooden bright houses with carved platbands, painted horses (from 600 ₽, Kalashnaya Street, souvenir store “Furlay”).
- Antique things from M.V. Afanasieva’s Antique Finds on the waterfront. I, for example, bought there an old Christmas tree for 100 ₽.
Tips for tourists
1. be sure to walk Levitan’s trail, climbing the wooden steps to the mountain named after him.