In Ukraine, the cities fascinate with their ancient history and great sights, the Carpathian Mountains attract tourists during wintertime holidays, and the south of Ukraine is a perfect place for parties and beach resorts. Yet, this is not everything that Ukraine has to offer. There are also adorable villages that boast incredible nature and fabulous locations – here are the villages that should be at the top of your must-visit list.
The picturesque Kolochava is one of the longest villages in Ukraine. It is 9.3 miles (15 km) long. Despite being quite small, the Carpathian outback can boast of ten museums, mineral water sources, and unbelievable mountain views. The Tereblya River and its tributary Kolochavka flow through the village. In addition to beautiful nature, the village has an ancient history, since the first written mention of it dates back to 1463. Aesthetic pleasure and a lot of discoveries are guaranteed when visiting Kolochava.
The village of Dzembronya is often called the place where the clouds are born, because it is the highest mountain settlement in Ukraine. Stunning landscapes, clean fresh air, and dense forests make Dzembronya the center of green tourism. It is a place where you can enjoy the silence far from life in the big city. In addition, as the the village is in the Carpathians, it is not so easy to get there, since it is located far away from major roads. But the scenery is incredible.
This settlement became famous for the nearby Lake Synevir – one of the seven natural wonders of Ukraine. It is located at an altitude of 1,145 meters (3,756 feet) above sea level. It is a great place to come for a weekend: there are many cottages where you can stay while you taste Transcarpathian dishes in the local restaurants and explore the surroundings. The National Nature Park Synevir is the place to visit for sure.
Braha is situated on the banks of the Dniester River, opposite one of the most ancient and significant fortifications in the history of Ukraine – Khotyn Fortress. Moreover, the village lies within the territory of the Podilski Tovtry National Park, yet another adorable area. Here you can come to rent a boat and enjoy the view of the neighboring villages, as well as stay in a private cottage overnight.
Kvasy is encircled by high mountains, so people live not only in the lowland but also in the hills distant from the center of the village. Therefore, tourists are usually surprised when they see light in the houses. Who can imagine that locals can have a dwelling on the slope? It is also close to the ski resort of Drahobrat – a favorite place for Ukrainian freeriders.
Lazeshchyna, like many other villages in the Carpathians, welcome the adherents of green tourism in the summertime, and skiers and boarders during the winter. The prices for accommodation and food here are moderate, and the distance to the ski resorts is really close. It is just 11 miles (18 km) to Drahobrat, and 13 miles (20 km) to Bukovel. The main attraction in Lazeshchyna is the Church of the Transfiguration, built in 1780.
The best ski resort in Bukovel is located near the village with the name Polyanytsya. It is located 920 meters (3,018 feet) above sea level, so the ski season here lasts from November to mid-April. It has a greatly developed infrastructure, thereby attracting thousands of tourists annually. If you’re not a fan of winter activities, there’s a VODA club resort where you can relax at the spa.
Yasinia is the closest settlement to the mountain ski resort of Drahobrat. For this reason, there is always a large number of tourists here. Furthermore, travelers visit Yasinia to come to discover the unique Hutsul culture and cuisine. It is also an easy departure point to the best hiking trails in Western Ukraine – in the Petros and Hoverla mountains. In terms of sights, you can visit the Church of the Ascension, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The village of Chervone, which is in the Zhytomyr region, was founded in 1624 by the Brest-Lithuanian governor Yan Tishkovich. But later, the village was owned by the Tereshchenkos – the Ukrainian sugar magnate family. The real pearl of the settlement is the Tereshchenko Castle and a beautiful manor park with a lake. Unfortunately, today it is in a half-ruined condition and belongs to the Monastery of the Nativity of Christ. But still, it’s worth seeing.