What should I know about Ukraine?
Population: 46 million
Location: Eastern Europe
Language: Ukrainian, Russian
Other languages: English, German, Romanian.
Ukraine is a proudly colorful country resting on the Black Sea with a range of beaches, mountain plains, and wild forests. An unfortunate fact is that Ukraine is under-visited and has fewer tourists than rest of the Europe. Nevertheless, Ukraine has a vast history of folk traditions and its culture is very diverse. It has many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as nicely preserved historic remnants. There are many old castles and fortresses which played a crucial role in the country’s defense. So many tribes and nations tried to invade its borders but Ukrainians had demonstrated themselves as a very strong-willed and brave people! Ukraine has modern and vibrant cities, traditional villages, diverse landscape and many traveler ski resorts. Lviv is one of the great examples of the modern Ukrainian city which managed to preserve its charm and atmosphere from old times. There you can find cobble streets, renaissance buildings, many breath-taking churches and delicious food. This city can surprise even an experienced traveler because of its uniqueness.
Talking about Odessa, it is considered to be the capital of Ukrainian humor. So many great artists grew up and worked here. It is also popular among filmmakers as long as it has many great locations, restaurants, parks, beaches. Odessa never disappoints because everyone can find various entertainments here. History lovers can always go on a guided tour around the city, those who love wine will be surprised by the variety of local wine shops, concerning those who just want to laze around can always unwind at the beaches or spa centers.
Odessa welcomes so many tourists all year around because of its moderate climate and great weather. Not to forger Kiev-the capital of Ukraine. This mighty city is located in the very heart of the country on the banks of Dnipro River. It is also considered to be a melting-pot as long as people from different backgrounds and nationalities live here.
Kiev is a unique Ukrainian city because you can find here both churches from the 12th century and modern business downtown. It is a place of controversy, beautiful parks, busy restaurants and kind people. We have no doubt that it can occupy a very special place in your heart! Recently, economic and political difficulties as well as territorial issues have rubbed the image of a former Soviet nation. It is fighting for its identity between the Russian as well as western European effects. Despite all this, Ukraine hosts many beautiful places which attract tourists because of its people’s welcoming attitude. There is an opinion that it is a dangerous destination nowadays, therefore many people avoid Ukraine and never visit it. Let’s be honest, mass media has always liked to boost fake news and make people believe in lies. The reality of life in Ukraine strongly deviates from what we hear on the news or ready in the newspapers. Obviously, the war is going on in the East right now, we’re facing political and economic issues but despite all odds, Ukraine continues to thrive and fight for its prosperous future because the best is yet to come for this beautiful nation!
Ukrainians are thought to be gloomy and unfriendly but in reality, they’re very welcoming people with big and generous hearts. They value family connections, treasure friendships and observe old traditions. Most of Ukrainians speak many foreign languages and are well aware of their history which makes traveling to Ukraine pretty easy. They are very helpful and would never leave you alone in a difficult situation. So many foreigners fall for this beautiful country very fast because visiting it once makes you want come back again and again!