Despite being more than 50km east of the main part of the Chornohora range, pretty Kolomyya is one of the best bases for foreigners looking to discover the Carpathians. English-speaking assistance and relatively good transport links to the rest of the region make getting out into the forested peaks straightforward. It's also a centre of Hutsul culture, meaning lots of authentic souvenir material for low prices.
Spruced up in the early noughties, the town has a whiff of central European in places, with streets of faded fin-de-siècle architecture. This, plus two very worthwhile museums, including the famous Pysanky Museum housed in a monster Easter egg, make Kolomyya a worthwhile halt on any tour of the west.