People first settled in the area known today as Stavropol Krai many centuries ago during the Bronze Age. Millions of years ago, the area was covered by the Sarmatian Sea, whose ancient seabed, to this day, holds many secrets about the past. All those who ever lived there were undoubtedly amazed by the wonders of nature and higher powers that influenced the area. These feelings were captured in the people’s moving legends about the rocks, forests and lakes. A trip around Stavropol is like opening the doors to an ancient fairytale world. Visitors can explore Stavropol Krai’s natural beauty, including its lakes, mountains, caves and stone sculptures. They can also find out about the extreme tourism offered around Lake Manych-Gudilo, admire all of the sights from a bird’s-eye-view and take a fascinating walk around the city of Stavropol, the area’s capital.