The Balaklava Bay is one of the most beautiful and popular places on the peninsula. It is believed that it was namely that Bay that was mentioned in Homer’s “Odyssey” as the Bay of lestrigons. In the 13-15 centuries the Republic of Genoa was the owner of the bay. The Genoese built the Chembalo fortress, fragments of which still rise above the bay. In the 15th century the fortress was captured by the Ottomans, who gave the city the name Balaklava, which translates as «fish place». There are really a lot of fish in the Balaklava Bay.