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The Best Destinations in Ukraine, According to Locals

Picture of Maria Sibirtseva
Updated: 15 February 2018

Ukrainians have always appreciated local destinations for two main reasons: they are really beautiful and extremely affordable. Thus, for winter sports and spa relaxation, locals travel to the Carpathian Mountains. For the summer holidays, they may spend their time at the Black Sea or the Sea of Azov. Read the list of the best resorts, according to locals, and make your own choice.


To start with, Kiev’s two airports (Boryspil and Kiev International Airport) receive the largest number of flights, coming from different parts of the world to Ukraine. Therefore, the capital of the country is the primary destination for many. However, it is not the only reason to come to Kiev. The ancient city is rich in sightseeing attractions, historical sites, diverse neighbourhoods and an immense range of restaurants, coffee shops and nightclubs. Locals come to the city just for the weekend to enjoy themselves, as Kiev is perfectly adapted to long walks and outdoor activities.


Bohdan Khmelnytsky Monument, Kiev | © Naumenkophotographer/WikiCommons


The port city of Odessa, located on the Black Sea, is the most visited destination by Ukrainians in the summer. It offers equipped beaches (Langeron and Arcadia), as well as many leisure day-and-night clubs (Bono Beach Club or Ibiza Beach Club) with swimming pool activities and wild parties round-the-clock. Odessa is also popular for its cultural life, namely, festivals. For instance, the Odessa International Film Festival, held annually in the middle of July, is one of the main film events in Eastern Europe. Meanwhile, Z-Games is the one and only festival of extreme sports in Ukraine.


Port of Odessa | © reksik004/Pixabay


Kamianets-Podilskyi city should be visited, first of all, because of the castle of the same name. Ukrainians are truly proud of it. The landmark has an interesting history and beautiful green surroundings, which make the place a great destination for a weekend getaway. You can get a tour around this fortification of the late 14th century and try the medieval activities – archery, for example. As locals prefer to combine education and leisure, they often come to Kamianets-Podilskyi with children.


Kamianets-Podilskyi Castle in Ukraine | © Håkan Henriksson/WikiCommons


Lviv is another of the most-visited destinations in Ukraine. Locals love the inspiring atmosphere of the city, which closely resembles old Europe with cobbled streets, splendid architectural ensembles, carriages and numerous monuments. There are beautiful cathedrals and churches, splendid theatres, wide and green boulevards. In addition, Lviv is a gastronomic capital of Ukraine, with a large array of eateries in which to grab a hearty breakfast or brunch, enjoy a cup of fragrant fresh coffee, or have an exquisite dinner or a late-night snack.


Lviv Theatre of Opera and Ballet | © Konstantin Brizhnichenko/WikiCommons

The Carpathian Mountains

Ukraine has a unique geographical location, with the sea in the south and mountains in the west. Thus, during the wintertime, people can stay in the country and tackle the local ski resorts: Bukovel, Drahobrat, Slavske, Pylypets and others. There are destinations for beginners, professionals and free riders. Locals are in no danger of getting bored. The marvellous scenery, wellness and SPA centres and the dizzying fresh air is everything you may need for an ideal vacation. In addition, the Carpathian Mountains are among the places that look even better in winter.


Carpathian National Nature Park | © Moahim/WikiCommons