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10 must see places in Ukraine

Crimea

1: Crimean resorts

Crimea is a fascinating region to explore, as well as a great place to spend a vacation. Across the centuries it has attracted settlers such as the Greeks, the Venetians and the Genoese - all of whom founded cities along the coast and inter-married with the local people.

 

Carpathian Mountains

2: Carpathian Mountains

Carpathian Mountains are considered to be the Green Pearl of Ukraine. It is one of the most popular resorts and tourist centers of the country. A beautiful mix of natural areas, forests, meadows, shepherds and humans living in harmony with nature is what makes the mountains so attractive to tourists!

 

Carpathian Mountains

3: Kiev, the capital of Ukraine

Kyiv (also known as Kiev), a scenic city of close to 3 million people situated on the Dnieper River, is the bustling capital of Ukraine. Ancient Kievan Rus, which reached its greatest period of ascendancy during the 11th and 12th centuries, was a center of trade routes between the Baltic and the Mediterranean. The art and architecture of Kyiv are world treasures.

 

Lviv, Ukraine

 4: Lviv

Lviv is a very poetic city steeped in legends both ancient and relatively new. Narrow medieval streets paved with stones, architectural decoration done in different styles – all preserved in its original form. In ancient times Lviv was the capital of a mighty Slavic state called the Galicia-Volyn principality. Being a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and then Poland contributed to the formation of the city’s unique image.

 

Odesa, Ukraine

5: Odessa

Odessa is referred to as the "Pearl of the Black Sea" is the 3rd largest city in Ukraine, the largest city along the Black Sea, and the most important city of Ukraine for trade. Odessa's mild climate, warm waters and sunlit beaches attract hundreds of thousands of people year around. Its shady lanes, beautiful lightly pastel buildings and cozy squares impart to the city a certain air of intimacy.

 

Yalta, Ukraine

6: Yalta

Steep mountain peaks serve as a lovely backdrop for Yalta the jewel of the Crimean peninsula. There is no surprise that the writer Anton Chekhov would choose to live in this seaside resort—it seems to be a combination of Carmel California the French Riviera and Greece. Yalta (pop. 80 000) has exemplary resorts, museums, and beaches.

 

Kamyanets-Podilsky, Ukraine

7: Kamyanets-Podilsky

Kamyanets-Podilsky, one of the oldest cities in Ukraine, is considered a phenomenon of great cultural importance. A rocky island skirted by the tight loop of the Smotrich River flowing in a picturesque canyon, served as a unique pedestal on which over more than a thousand years both well-known and anonymous masters created a miracle in stone.

 

Chernihiv, Ukraine

8: Chernihiv

Chernihiv has known human settlement for over 2,000 years. The region comprises a very important historic region, notable as early as the Kyivan Rus' period, when the oblast' cities of Chernihiv and Novhorod-Sivers'kiy were frequently mentioned. The city of Chernihiv was the second most important Ukrainian city during the Rus' period of Ukrainian history, often serving as a major regional capital.

 

Sofievka Park, Uman, Ukraine

9: Sophievka Park, Uman

Uman dendro park Sophievka is the real world landscape architecture masterpiece from the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th. The park is spread over a territory of 154.7 hectares and is situated at the outskirts of the ancient town Cherkassy, Uman region. It is considered to be the standard of the landscape composition of water, land, architectural works and sculptures.

 

Poltava, Ukraine

10: Poltava

Located between Kharkiv and Kyiv in Ukraine, Poltava is best known as the site of a 1709 battle between a coalition of Cossacks, led by Mazepa, and the Swedes (Charles XII) against the Russian army of Czar Peter I. The subsequent Russian victory in battle established Russia’s prominent position in Europe and consequently Ukraine’s decline.

 

Steppe

It occupies the southern and south-eastern part of country. It constitutes about 49% of Ukraine’s territory. The prevalence of plains and low hills characterize its relief. The river network is poor, and in winter the rivers are especially shallow.

Steppe landscapes were formed with sufficient amount of warmth and insufficiency of moisture. The prevalence of grass steppe plants is characteristic for this area. Only in the north’s gullies can forests be found.

This area is the most ploughed in Ukraine – about 80%, which makes for 48% of all arable land in Ukraine. Natural steppe vegetation is saved only on preserves and on the slopes of hills. Forest concentration constitutes only 3% of the territory, and that includes lines of trees protecting fields.

Reservoirs and offshore bars are used in recreational activity; and the coasts of the Black and Azov Seas have a great value.

Ukrainian Carpathians

Oak, oak-hornbeam, silver fir-beech, and sycamore forests are widespread. Mineral water springs from the Carpathian mountains "Naftusya", "Luzhanskaya", "Svalyava", "Polyana Kvasova" and others are well known. Besides these, a stable snow blanket in winter and temperate climate all create wonderful conditions for health and sporting tourism. The Trans-Carpathian lowland is a part of the Middle-Danube lowland. The climate is warm and humid, and the average temperature in January is -3°c, in July – +20°c. Forests are rare, and more than half of the territory is hayfields and pastures. The region has a lot of gardens and vineyards.

Crimean Mountains

These spread along the southern coast of the Crimean peninsula for 180 km, their width reaches 50 km. Crimean mountains are divided into 3 natural-geographic regions: Pre-mountain, Main Ridge, and Southern Coast of Crimea. The magnet for tourism and recreation is the southern coast of Crimea, width of which is at most only 10 km wide. It is well protected from winds by the mountains on the continental side and is subject to the softening influence of moisture brought by Mediterranean winds. The climate of the southern coast of Crimea, with its rains and warm winters resembles the Mediterranean. Most of the precipitation falls in the cold period. Snow falls annually, but does not create a long-lasting blanket. The average temperature in January is +1-4ºc. The summer is hot and dry. The average temperature in July is +24ºc.

The vegetative cover of the southern coast of Crimea varies. Cypress, palms, magnolias, sycamores, and laurels are planted here. The unique climatic conditions allow for the growing of essential-oil-bearing cultures (rose, lavender, sage), high-quality sorts of vine, almonds, figs, and olives. Thanks to a curing climate, picturesque mountains, warm sea, and exotic vegetation, this land has been considered a health-resort since olden times.

Mineral waters are widely used for the treatment and health of the population. About 400 springs of mineral waters and over 100 deposits of medical muds are known.

Mineral waters of practically all balneological types are widespread in Ukraine: carbonic (Polyana, Holubinskoe, Soymenskoe deposits), radon (Khmelnytskiy, Znamyanka), sulfide (Syniakske, Velykolyubynske, Chokranske, Evpatoriya), ferrous (Slovyanogorskoe, Andreevskoe), iodine-bromine (Berdyansk), bromine (Zhuravitskoe, Saki, Lazurnoe), siliceous (Berezovskoe, Rai-Olenevskoe, Mukachev), waters with increased maintenance of organic matters (Truskavets, Novo-Zbruchanskoe), and waters without specific components and properties (Myrgorod, Evpatoriya, Odesa, Kuyalnyk, Morshyn, and Feodosiya).

The natural conditions of Ukraine are conducive to the formation of various types of medical muds. For resort treatment silt muds from salt reservoirs (sulfide) are mainly used. Deposits are most widespread in the region of the Azov-Black Sea coast (Saki, Chokratskoe, Kuyalnyk, Solyane, and Ripne). They are used at the resorts of Berdyansk, Saki, Evpatoriya, Kuyalnyk, Kirilovka, and Gopry.

Resorts in Ukraine

Bukovel - Ski Resort

Bukovel ski resort is a new large ski resort in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast 30 km to the west of Yaremcha. It is Ukraine's first European-class resort, with a couple high-speed chair lifts, meticulously groomed slopes and snow-making machines, turnstiles for letting skiers through lines, and ubiquitous security personnel. It's unusual to see this degree of organization in Ukraine. Bukovel resort has been carefully planned to make skiing enjoyable and convenient and to avoid lift lines and congestion. Lift lines longer than five minutes are rare.

Truskavets - Wellness Resort

Truskavets is the most unique and attractive balneological health resort in Ukraine. It is situated in a picturesque valley to the north of the Eastern Carpathian foothills at an altitude of 350 metres above sea level. This is a city of special natural beauty with pure, clean air nestled between wooded slopes and gently flowing rivers. The resort lies at the distance of 100km to the south of Lviv and 90 km from the western border of Ukraine. The railway connects it with the biggest cities of Ukraine, as well as the former Soviet republics and Baltic republics. Electric trains, buses and minibuses run from Truskavets to Lviv, where there is an international airport. Great supplies of underground mineral waters from 14 natural springs and the world's only deposit of the so-called 'mountain wax', ozocerite, are concentrated on the territory of Truskavets. The health resort enjoys great popularity. Every year nearly 200,000 people from Ukraine and abroad come here to be treated and relax.

Source: www.traveltoukraine.org/

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