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Ukrainian Riviera: the Peninsula town Zalishchyky

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Ukraine is a country of hidden gems. You can find them in every region. Each old city hides a lot of interesting stories and architectural monuments. What if I tell you that one town in Ukraine is a huge hidden gem? In the west of Ukraine, in the Ternopil region, there is a small town – Zalishchyky. Its population is about 100 00 people. I know what you think, what can be interesting in such a small town? I have the answer to this question, Zalishchyky is the Ukrainian Riviera. It's a peninsula-town, hugged by the great Dniester River and surrounded by a large canyon.

Zalishchyky, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine
Zalishchyky, Ternopil Oblast, Ukraine
Залещики, Тернопольская область, Украина, 48601

History of the Ukrainian Riviera

In the 1930s, the town belonged to Poland and was an incredibly popular resort, visited by 10000 people a year. There was a direct railway with Warsaw. There were yachts and two beautiful beaches on the Dniester. The river bank was full of boarding houses with tennis courts. During the Second World War, the Soviet authorities and several large floods destroyed the large resort. Zalishchyky gained the glory as the tomato capital of Ukraine long ago. All thanks go to a special microclimate that is similar to the Mediterranean. Almost everyone grows tomatoes in Zalishchiky; local tomatoes are a true brand that is known throughout the Ternopil region and all over Ukraine. The land in the outskirts of the city is occupied by vineyards, which grow almost 100 varieties of grapes.

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Photo © credits: iStock/panaramka

Charming oasis in the Dniester canyon

This town is situated in a truly unique area and mother nature made it a charming oasis. The best view of the Dniester canyon and the town of Zalishchyky is from the nearby village. This village carries the same name as the main street of the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv - Khreshchatyk. Here, you can see Zalishchyky from the hill, make great pictures, and enjoy the calm, peace and beauty.

Khreshchatyk village, Chernivtsi region, Ukraine
Khreshchatyk village, Chernivtsi region, Ukraine
Крещатик, Черновицкая область, Украина, 59415
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Photo © credits: iStock/Solotry23

Sailing around the Ukrainian Riviera

Today, the city attracts more and more tourists from both Ukraine and abroad. Here, you have the opportunity to spend unforgettable days taking part in the ride on the river Dniester on a catamaran. It is possible to sail for a few hours, but there is also an opportunity to give it a few days and stop for a night with tents. While cruising the canyon, you will have a unique opportunity to see an incredible nature and the herons, which have long been listed in the Red Book of Ukraine of the endangered species. They are just walking along the banks of the river. The Ukrainian Riviera is not a big resort today, and you can learn about its former glory only from people who are well aware of the history of this town. However, you will surely remember for a long time the place on the slopes of the canyon of the Dniester - the Peninsula town Zalishchyky.

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Photo © credits: iStock/Bychykhin_Olexandr

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Marusia Bilous

Marusia Bilous

Hi, I’m Marusia from Lviv, Ukraine. My life is a permanent movement in a search for unforgettable impressions and interesting people. I promise that your virtual trip to my country will be interesting, and you will definitely plan one of your travels to Ukraine.

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