Camp Lazurny (Azure) became part of Artek in 1937 and was the first of the Artek camps to resume operation after undergoing renovations in 2015, which doubled the camp’s capacity to 480 children at a time.
Open year-round, Lazurny is located in a unique park on the site of Suuk-Su, a famous pre-revolutionary Russian resort of the early 20th century. The entire territory of Artek and also Gurzuf can be seen from the Pushkin observation platform. The nearby Adalary Rocks are the local equivalent of Homer’s Scylla and Charybdis.
The natural landmarks of Crimea located in Lazurny include the Pushkin Grotto, Chaliapin Rock and the Suuk-Su Palace housing museums, exhibitions and concert halls. The renovation project preserved the camp’s historical buildings and restored them to their former beauty. A supplementary education center of 6,000 square meters opened at Lazurny in 2016.