Swimming and Sunbathing - Summer fun on the Shores of Ukraine
Of all the activities that tourists might expect to enjoy, swimming and sunbathing in Ukraine may not be at the top of their list. Most of us tend to associate Ukraine with the cold winters of Russia, but the fact is that Ukraine enjoys warm and pleasant summers. Since Ukraine is situated a little further south than most of European Russia, its climate is generally slightly warmer and one really shouldn’t associate Ukraine with Russia as the two are very different.
When most people picture themselves enjoying the refreshing coolness of water or the warmth of the sun, they picture themselves on a beach. Quite a large portion of Ukraine borders the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, so you can be sure that there will be plenty of beaches to enjoy. However, most Ukrainians do not drive for miles to enjoy the luxuries of the beach, since there are so many great rivers and lakes as well as public pools which can be enjoyed much closer to them. Swimming in Ukraine has always been a popular activity and during the warm summer months people from across the country flock to the nearest rivers and lakes to picnic and enjoy the water. Almost every Ukrainian town is situated near a river or lake where you can dip your feet in the water or idle away your time on the shore. People living in Kiev, for example, will make their way to the Dnieper River. This beautiful and long river stretches for miles and miles and features dozens of free public beaches as it continues its journey to the Black Sea.
Sunbathing in Ukraine is an equally popular activity since the warmth of the sun makes a welcome change from the cold of winter. This is the one time during the year when Ukrainians can relax, soak up some vitamin D and catch a tan. People of all ages enjoy sunbathing along the various shorelines and riverbanks scattered throughout the country. However, you may want to be careful as to which time of year you are traveling since sunbathing and swimming in Ukraine is definitely not continued throughout the year. In fact, if you attempt to swim during the winter months, you’re not only likely end up with a good case of hypothermia, but you may also have to contend with polar bears and ice fishermen too!