inhale the air of blue-tinted mountains
The Carpathian Mountains in western part of Ukraine, with their mighty fir and beech forests, swift rivers, rainbowed waterfalls, lucid lakes, and colorful alpine meadows invariably enchant their guests. The oldest cities in this region – Lviv, Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk and Uzhgorod – each with an image of its own and an eventful historical background, can be a wonderful starting point for a hike up the mountains.
The largest fairytale body of water, Lake Synevir, is referred to as the pearl of the Carpathians. According to a legend, anyone who made somebody a declaration of love on its shores will never part. The Narcissus Valley presents a wondrous carpet of daffodils as far as the eye can see near the town of Khust. It is Europe’s only preserve of narrow-leafed daffodils. If you are interested in caves, visit the unique labyrinth of the Popeliushka (Cinderella) Cave that is about as long as the world’s longest Mammoth Cave. In the town of Kosiv you can buy authentic folk artifacts of the Hutsuls, while a meal of the highlanders’ dishes in a real kolyba shepherds’ shanty in Yaremche will surely prove to be a supreme delight. Also, the Carpathians are a wonderful location for mountaineering, riding, paragliding, hunting and angling, while in winter skiing and sledging draw crowds of admirers of these sports. Whatever the season, you’ll be greeted with a hearty welcome in the Carpathian Mountains.