The Grand Crimean Canyon is one of the peninsula wonders, an amazing creation of nature. This is a deep mountain gorge 3 km long carving the Ai-Petri mountain range. The entrance to the canyon from the side of Kokkoz Valley offers a magnificent view of this giant gorge. Right and left, to dozen and hundreds of meters the rocks rise firmly up, and above head there are formidably towering cliffs.
Moving deeper into the canyon the slopes are higher and more sheer, they are more close to each other. In the narrowest places of the canyon its width does not exceed 3-5 meters. And its depth reaches 250-320 meters. Transparent waters of the Auzun-Uzen River, the main sculptor of the Grand Canyon, flow along the bottom of the canyon. In the course of centuries this river sawed through the stone rocks and separated the tabletop mountain range Boika from the northern Ai-Petri mountain pasture.
There are more than 150 basins and baths 2-3 meters deep and 5-6 meters wide in the canyon. The water temperature in summer and in winter is almost the same, about 11 degrees centigrade. In the middle of the canyon one can see famous “lakes”- Blue Lake (Lake of Love) and Lake Kara-Gol (the Bath of Youth). The Paniya Spring, one of the 19 biggest springs of the Crimean mountains, quenches tourists thirst in summer.
The largest “lake” is called “the Bath of Youth”, its depth is 4 meters. According to the legend one can recuperate and become younger after bathing in it.