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Ukraine


Ukraine, the most extensive European country, with rich cultural, historical and artistic heritage, is a country that should be included in your wish list and worth visiting. Great tourist destination in Eastern Europe, with its beautiful capital, Kiev, and more than 20 million annual visitors. The Black Sea coast, beautiful Orthodox churches, arts, history, crafts, winter sports in the Carpathians, sports in general and lots of adventure await visitors. Ukrainian cuisine is well known, appreciated and is also one of the strengths of the country's attractions.
Starting with its capital, Kiev, the largest metropolis in Ukraine, there are many attractions spread across this great country. By car, plane, train or bus, there are always several options to take you to your holiday destination.


Industry and Technology

Ukraine has a good industrial sector, with strong production in the air, rail, space and military (missile) sectors. Its army is the second largest in Europe, behind only the Russian army. The country is a major steel exporter.


Large agricultural producer


A major grain producer (one of the largest in the world), Ukraine has also mainly exported wheat. It is the world's leading producer of sunflower oil. Strong producer of honey, dairy products and fruits. See also: Ukrainian cuisine

Eastern Europe

Larger than France, Ukraine covers an area of 603,628 km2. Its 42 million inhabitants are spread over 24 provinces (the oblasts). Almost 80% of the population speaks Ukrainian, the country's official language. Just over 15% speak Russian (mostly in the east and south).

Kiev


Kiev is a city with rich history, the arts, gastronomy, as well as fun, and events that focus on this important Ukrainian city, the metropolis, the capital and the most populous province of Ukraine, offers many attractions and enchants visitors.

Kiev, with just under 3 million inhabitants, is the largest city in Ukraine and one of the oldest and most important in Eastern Europe. Crossed by the Dnipre River, which flows into the Black Sea, also equipped with a metro, Kiev is the showcase and postcard of Ukraine.

A major commercial, cultural, industrial and technological center, Kiev stands out for its dynamism and vocation of predominance in various fields of economic and cultural activity in the Slavic world.

Odessa


Former Greco-Roman colony in Thrace, Odessa once belonged to Turkey. During the Russo-Turkish War of 1787-1792, under the Treaty of Jassy (in Moldova in 1792), the city was then annexed to Russia.

Odessa, which was once the most important port in the former Soviet Union, is currently an important port and commercial center in Ukraine. The great Russian poet Pushkin considered it the "most European of Russian cities". It is currently the fourth city in Ukraine.

On the shores of the Black Sea, Odessa, with a rich history and artistic and cultural heritage, Odessa is one of the most important artistic and cultural centers in the country. Among its attractions, the Winter Palace and the Hermitage Museum, one of the most famous in the world, stand out.


Lvov


Lviv, located to the west, close to the Polish border, was once considered Poland's third city. Currently, the city has less than one million inhabitants. It is widely visited for its rich artistic and cultural heritage. Lviv is one of the most important tourist destinations in Ukraine.


Cuisine of Ukraine

Enjoy your visit to Ukraine and taste the delicious dishes of Ukrainian cuisine! Authentic cuisine from Central Europe, which takes advantage of the good and abundant agricultural products of the country, also known for the high quality of its agricultural land, the famous chernozom land.

With well-known and much appreciated dishes, of which borsch, varenyky and salo stand out, take advantage of your trip to also embark on a delicious gastronomic adventure! Find out more about Ukrainian cuisine


Ukraine's Attractions

Many tourists visit Ukraine to discover its main attractions (see below), which include the Black Sea. Others, in addition to these, include visits to museums, galleries, gastronomic discoveries and taste the delicacies of the country, regional and local cuisine, find fun and get to know a little of the cultural and nightlife. All this and much more you will find on these pages.

With continental dimensions and an amazing diversity of landscapes and peoples, the following are the 10 most desired and visited attractions in Ukraine:

Kiev

Lviv

Odessa

Vinnytsia

Zaporizhia

Chernivtsi

Mukachevo

Karkhiv

Sumy

• Carpathians are very popular with nature and winter sports lovers


Ukraine's Regions

The country's territory is divided into 24 administrative entities (oblasts): The Capital Kiev, Dnipropetrovski, Karkhiv, Lviv, Odessa, Zaporizhia, Zakarpattia, Vinnytsia, Poltava, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy, Zhytomyr, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Rivne, Chemihiv, Kherson, Ternopil, Volyn, Kirovohrad, Chernivtsi, Donetsk, Luhansk, Crimeia, Sebastopol.


Ukraine's Main Cities

The 10 main cities in Ukraine are:
  1. Kiev, the capital
  2. Odessa
  3. Dnipro
  4. Karkhiv
  5. Zaporizhia
  6. Lviv
  7. Kryvyi Rih
  8. Mykolaiv
  9. Mariupol
  10. Donetsk


Ukraine's Main Tourist Destinations

Important tourist destination in the world, Russia welcomes about 25 million visitors every year. Tourism represents about 6% of the country's GDP. Moscow is one of the most visited cities in Europe and the world . The 10 main tourist destinations in Russia are:
  1. Kiev, the capital
  2. Odessa
  3. Dnipro
  4. Karkhiv
  5. Zaporizhia
  6. Lviv
  7. Kryvyi Rih
  8. Mykolaiv
  9. Mariupol
  10. Donetsk



Santa Sofia, Kiev, Ukraine Odessa, Ukraine Lviv, Ukraine Mukachevo, Ukraine Karkhiv, Ukraine Mariupol, Ukraine


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