Miles of white beaches, sand dunes and blue water. The Caspian Sea offers truly unexpected views. A hundred kilometers from the shore of this sea, which is actually a lake, you can go into a completely different world, including the Torysh Valley, a huge desert expanse of mysterious round stones.
The Torysh Valley is strewn with round-shaped rocks and stones of varying dimensions: from spheres that you can hold in one hand to those that reach up to 3 meters in diameter. There are no studies that prove the exact process of formation of these spheres, but they probably have a volcanic origin.
Burabay National Park takes its name from the lake and the town nearby. Wild nature, in a mosaic of hills, steppes, forests and lakes, stretches for 835 square kilometers. One of the best ways to enjoy this wild nature is on horse back, while there is also a diverse abundance of flora and fauna.
Euronews visits Shymbulak, one of the most popular ski resorts in Kazakhstan, not far from Almaty. From December to April it is the winter sports kingdom. In the summer, the mountains turn into a paradise for lovers of hiking and mountain biking, or for exploring the nearby steppes with a buggy.
Just forty minutes from the center of Almaty is the Medeu Alpine sports complex, where you can take the cableway to reach Shymbulak, a natural park and the most popular ski resort of Kazakhstan. In the summer season, the mountains turn into a paradise for lovers of hiking and mountain biking.