We are in Ukraine, in the region of Lviv (Leopoli), a land of amazing natural landscapes, culture and traditions. Lviv is an ancient city, it belongs to the UNESCO Heritage and there are many characteristic villages in its surroundings where the ancients traditions of Galizia are kept. The Carpathian Mountains stand out there, it is a true paradise for the lovers of the mountains. First you must visit the "Skolevski National Park, a protected area of more than 35 thousand hectares on the Eastern Carpathian Mountains that feature many interesting attractions. Starting with Maidan, a village in the district of Drohobych followed by the forest of Maydan where there are 33 buffalos that live “in the wild”. The highest peak is Paraska - 1.268 metres of altitude, you can turn your eyes towards all the Carpathian Mountains. The Gurkalo waterfall is very peculiar, it is separated by a rocky edge that makes two streams that are 5 metres high. The State Historical Cultural Reserve of "Tustan" deserves to be seen and the Medieval fortress-city of Tustan is an unmissable destination too since its remains are in the heart of the Carpathian mountains.
The religious Leopolis
If you are interested in the spiritual life of this region there are several examples of artistic and religious places to visit that are well represented by the characteristic wooden churches. These sanctuaries combine the orthodox features with the local ones, they are built on three levels and they mainly feature octagonal domes. They are worship places featured by beautiful tower-bells, towers, coloured carpets and plenty of multi-coloured indoor decorations that represent many symbolic and sacred references that are related to the local traditions. At the bottom of the village of Rozgirche, surrounded by a forest of spruce trees, the Monastery of Pecherny deserves a visit. It is a unique rocky group of constructions that dates back to the VIIIth and the VIIth century B.C. The Church of the apostles Peter and Paul dating back to the XVIIIth century can’t be missed. It was designed by the famous architect from Galicia and it is considered one of the most beautiful stone temples in this region of the Carpathian Mountains.
Slavske and Volosyanka, unmissable villages
The villages of Slavske and Volosyanka, in the region of Leopolis are featured by the cool mountain air, the high peaks ad the very good food: it’s an ideal destination for a cultural and relaxing holiday that offers plenty of different routes. The village of Slavske is in the sunny and characteristic valley of the Resistance river and it’s the ideal destination for Winter sports lovers: it’s one of the widest skiing area of Ukraine where plenty of facilities are available and leisure time activities for all ages and for all tastes too. Volosyanka, a village in the Skole district is another interesting place to visit, it’s located in the valley of the Slavka and it is near the Yalinkuvaya rivers, eight kilometres Southern Slavske. Volosyanka is famous for its food and its ancient traditions: mushrooms soup, “banosh "of the Carpathian Mountains, filled cabbage and gnocchi, the trouts, the grilled sausages ad the kebab, the home-made pickles, the tea, the delicious local herbs and the berries jam.
Farmhouses in the Carpathian mountains
The farms and the farmhouses of this area deserve to be visited since many fresh products are made there like the woven bread made of wheat flour, the "caustica" cheese, the huslyanku, the goat cheese, the tea from the Carpathian mountains and much more! You’ll find here a number of useful addresses like the "Eco-Gazda" farm where a number of types of cheese are made and sold like the Suluguni – a semi-hard cheese, the mozzarella cheese and the husnyanskyy, a sort of ricotta cheese. In the farmhouse "Komarnicki" you can taste the typical home-made products, the woven bread made of wheat flour, the "caustica" cheese and the huslyanku. You can’t miss the "Boyko" cheese, a typical product for more than a hundred years. A number of interesting leisure activities include the pottery workshops at the Cottages "4Sezony", the forging of metals at the guest house "Forge Estate", the weaving and the embroidery that are the typical manual skills of this regions.
Skhidnytsya, at full mountain
Skhidnytsia is a mountain village of extraordinary beauty surrounded by forests of conifers and endless alpine fields. The tourist facilities and the hotels are spread all around in an area where the air is unpolluted and the environment is green and healthy. The most important treasure in this area is the mineral water. There are 38 sources and 17 water wells in the area of Skhidnytsia: the healing properties of this water has been known for a long time and it represents an opportunity to rebalance your body and your mind. Regarding your free-time activities there are a number of pottery courses at the cottage "4sezona" -, the forging of iron at the "Kovalskaya manor", the weaving and the sewing. A handcraft full immersion, it’s one of the several aspects of this multifaceted destination.