Ukraine is a relatively new travel destination and sometimes it is overlooked by mainstream travelers. However, if you are looking for a place with beautiful nature, rich culture and lots of tourist attractions, Ukraine is a right choice for you. Here are our top ten reasons why you should start planning your trip to Ukraine right away:
1. Variety of the Ukrainian Cities
Being a big country with a long history, Ukraine will impress you with the diversity of places to visit. Each city has its exceptional look and atmosphere. From the cultural and business center of Kiev to the sunny and friendly Odessa, from the European and cozy Lviv to the genuine small towns in the Western Ukraine, these Ukrainian cities are waiting to be discovered by you.
2. Modern Hotels and Apartments
When it comes to choose where to stay in Ukraine, there is a lot of a good offers. There is something for all tastes and budgets, whether a low-cost or luxury hotels, international chains of hotels (Hilton, Intercontinental, Hayat, Radisson etc.) or private apartments. The main advantage of accommodation in Ukraine is that you receive a high quality service for a reasonable price.
3. Good Flight Connections & No-visa Regime with a lot of Countries
Ukraine has a lot of direct flights to the majority of the European countries and USA. There are modern international airports in Kiev, Lviv, Odessa, Kharkov etc. Therefore, it is easy to find and book a flight to Ukraine. Another benefit of travelling to Ukraine is that no visa is required for citizens of the EU, USA and some other countries for a travel visit that is less than 90 days long.
4. Beauty of the Ukrainian Nature
The diversity of Ukrainian landscape is impressive. If you like mountains, you should visit Carpathians in the Western Ukraine. This area is extremely picturesque; the mountains are covered with dense forests, there are many transparent mountain rivers, mineral water springs and babbling waterfalls, the air is fresh and healing. Those tourists who prefer sea resorts should visit Odessa and its modern beaches on the Black sea shore.
5. Great Opportunities for Active Travelers
If you prefer an active way of life and can’t imagine a day without sport, then Ukraine is a right place for you. You can explore many scenic routes for hiking and cycling, enjoy rafting or ride a mountain bike in the Carpathians. Those who like tennis or golf can find a high quality fields near Kiev and Odessa. There is also a number of yacht clubs in Ukraine.
6. Ukrainian World Heritage Sites
The cultural and natural sights inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List are must-see attractions for all the visitors of Ukraine. One of the most popular destination is the Ensemble of the Historic Centre in Lviv, with its authentic architecture and cozy atmosphere. If you are visiting Kiev, you can see two UNESCO-protected sites, St. Sophia Cathedral and Kiev-Pechersk Lavra. Beside these, the Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans in Chernivtsi is definitely worth visiting.
7. Developed Cultural Life
Wherever you decide to visit Ukraine, there is always many worth-visiting events for every taste. Modern art galleries host exhibitions of Ukrainian and international artists; there are performances on the stages of different theatres. Moreover, a lot of festivals of different kind (food, wine, musical, cinema etc.) take place in Ukraine all year round.
8. Delicious National Cuisine
One of the most exciting things about visiting a new country is getting to know the local cuisine. When travelling to Ukraine be sure to try such national dishes like borsch and vareniki; you will find it on the menu in every national restaurant. However, each region of Ukraine has recipes and foods that are unique to the place. Therefore, you can easily combine sightseeing and gastronomic tours to feel the local color of Ukraine.
9. Affordable Prices
In 2015 Kiev as a travel destination is considered one of the cheapest among the European capitals. This includes an average price on accommodation, food and drinks, public transport and taxi, admission tickets to the main tourist attractions. Moreover, the rest of Ukrainian cities are even less expensive. It means that if you choose to come to Ukraine this year, you will always get more while spend less.
10. Friendly People
Travelling is not only about seeing new places; it is also about meeting new people. When visiting Ukraine, you will see how friendly and openhearted Ukrainians are. The majority of young people in big cities like Kiev, Lviv or Odessa speak English and are ready to help you in any situation.