Globe Spots, National Geographic, Trip Advisor and Lonely Planet ratings have named Ukraine among the Top 10 destinations for 2013. The country’s touristic prospects changed from being an outsider to a “must-see” destination after hosting Europe’s major sporting event — the Euro 2012 football championship.
Ukraine as a whole as well as its capital Kiev, Crimean Peninsula, Lviv, the Chornobyl site and even the Salt Tunnels of Solotvyno appeared in the international travel ratings. Thus, Southern Ukrainian Crimea opens the 2013 list of the 20 Must-See Places, picked by the National Geographic Traveler editors. “The Crimean Peninsula, with its voluptuously curved Black Sea coast of sparkling cliffs, is paradise — with Riviera-grade vistas but without Riviera prices,” according to the popular tourist magazine.
TripAdvisor’s Travelers ‘ Choice 2012, named Ukrainian Kiev as the top destination on the rise among the cities of the Old World. The Ukrainian capital placed third in the world’s top 10 rating. “Having survived the Mongol Empire, WWII, Chornobyl and Soviet rule, Kiev is the proud capital of the Ukraine,” describes the city TripAdvisor.
Globe Spots featured Ukraine in their Top Countries to Visit in 2013 list. Ukraine took the eighth spot in the Top 10. “Ukraine provides a surreal combination of rock-till-you-drop coastal party towns to Crimean holiday resorts to cosmopolitan capitals to villages you’d swear were still in the USSR,” according to Globe Spots.
Lonely Planet mentioned Ukraine on three occasions. Firstly, Lviv, home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, became the number two entry in the 6 Weekend Breaks in Europe list. Chornobyl Reactor #4 — the site of the world’s biggest nuclear disaster in 1986 — was named eighth among the Spookiest Buildings Around the World, while the Salt Tunnels of Solotvyno was ranked 10th World’s Saltiest Sights.