|Ukraine is a destination on the crossroads between Central and Eastern Europe that enjoys superb geographical situation and unique climate conditions. It has mountain ranges - the Carpathian Mountains suitable for skiing, hiking, fishing and hunting. The coastline on the Black Sea is a popular summer destination for vacationers. Ukraine is ready to offer its guests abundance of sights: ruins of ancient castles, historical parks, Orthodox and Catholic churches as well as a few mosques and synagogues. Kiev, the country's capital city features many unique structures, such as St. Sophia Cathedral and Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. There are other cities well-known to tourists, such as the sea-town Odessa and the old city of Lviv in the west. The Crimea, a little "continent" of its own, is a popular vacation destination for tourists for swimming or tourism on the Black Sea with its warm climate, rugged mountains, plateaus and ancient ruins.
It should be pointed out that annually Ukraine attracts more than 20 million foreign visitors, with the majority of visitors primarily coming from Eastern Europe, but also from Western Europe, USA and Canada.
Popular tourist city destinations of Ukraine include Kyiv, the historical capital of Kiev Rus' and modern Ukrainian capital on the river Dnieper. Ancient churches, broad boulevards, beautiful landscapes and a variety of cultural facilities make it a fascinating destination.
Lviv, an old city in the west of country, with its medieval old town architecture with Polish and Austrian influences is also popular among the tourists.
Odessa, the city on the Black Sea with a mixture of different cultures, including Jewish, Armenian, German, and Greek cultures, has become a real gem in the list of well-known tourists’ destinations. Among other popular routes one can also name Yalta, Sevastopol, Simferopol, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Ivano-Frankivsk and others.
Should you be eager to see Ukrainian landscapes, you can find some impressive views in Crimea boasting sub-tropical climate, and Carpathian Mountains with its terrific skiing and hiking possibilities, spas with cold and hot springs. Ski resorts include Bukovel, Slavske, Verkhovyna, Vorokhta.
Once you’ve come to Ukraine, you should see the so-called ‘7 Wonders of Ukraine’, - seven historical and cultural monuments of Ukraine, which were chosen in the Seven Wonders of Ukraine contest in July, 2007. They include: Sofiyivsky Park (Uman), Kiev Pechersk Lavra (Kiev), Kamianets-Podilskyi Historical Complex, Khortytsia (Zaporizhia), Chersonesos (Sevastopol), St. Sophia Cathedral (Kiev) and Khotyn Fortress (Khotyn).
There are also seven natural wonders of Ukraine that involve: Askania-Nova (Kherson Oblast),
Granite-steppe lands of Buh (Mykolaiv Oblast), Dniester Canyon (Dniester), Marble Caves in Crimea, and Lake Svitiaz (Shatsk, Volyn Oblast).
All in all, it should be said that Ukraine has excellent potential for tourism developments which can rely on natural attractions, such as the Carpathian mountains in the west and the Black sea resorts in the south. The current economic downturn slowed investments, however, once the Ukrainian economy returns to positive growth, robust development of the tourism industry in the country is expected.
So, come to Ukraine and this country will show you all its historical treasures and natural wonders!