Southern Ukraine attractions

Top Choice Street in Odesa

Prymorsky Boulevard

Odesa's elegant facade, this tree-lined, clifftop promenade was designed to enchant the passengers of arriving boats with the neoclassical opulence of its architecture and civility, unexpected in these parts at the …
Top Choice Landmark in Odesa

Potemkin Steps

Fresh from a controversial renovation, which changed its original outlook, the Potemkin Steps lead down from bul Prymorsky to the sea port. Pause at the top to admire the sweeping views of the harbour. You can avoid…
Top Choice Street in Odesa

Vul Derybasivska

Odesa's main commercial street, pedestrian vul Derybasivska is jam-packed with restaurants, bars and, in the summer high season, tourists. At its quieter eastern end you'll discover the statue of José de Ribas, the …
Top Choice Museum in Odesa

Museum of Odesa Modern Art

The war in the east and regular political strife give Ukrainian artists a lot of here-and-now material to reflect on, and the result is often brilliant, to which the exhibitions in this great establishment attest. L…
Top Choice Theatre in Odesa

Odesa Opera & Ballet Theatre

The jewel in Odesa's architectural crown was designed in the 1880s by the architects who also designed the famous Vienna State Opera, namely Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer. You can take a Russian-language tour …
Catacomb in Southern Ukraine

Nerubayske Catacomb

The limestone on which Odesa stands is riddled with some 2000km of tunnels, which have always played an important part in the city's history. Quarried out for building in the 19th century, they were first used to hi…
Wildlife Reserve in Southern Ukraine

Askaniya Nova Reserve

The 2300-hectare Askaniya Nova Reserve is a vast plain populated by roaming buffalo, playing deer and antelope, as well as sturdy, wild Przewalski horses and other exotic species. It was the brainchild of a 19th-cen…
Beach in Odesa

Route of Health

The dystopian Soviet name has stuck to this 5.5km stretch of sandy, rocky and concrete beaches that form the city's recreational belt. Packed like a sardine can and filled with noise and barbecue smells, the beaches…
Bird Sanctuary in Southern Ukraine

Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve

The lion's share of the marshy, bird-laden Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, Europe's largest wetlands, lies in Romania. Few tourists enter from the Ukrainian side, but those who do are rewarded with extremely afforda…
Architecture in Odesa

Falz-Fein House

City tours inevitably stop near this portly art nouveau house with two atlantes holding a sphere dotted with stars, a depiction of the universe as if seen from the outside. Built by Odesa's most celebrated architect…