Lviv or Odessa? What to visit?
People don't have doubts that they need to visit capital once they are visiting country. So Kiev is on list always. But what else? If you can choose 1 more city, so should you go to Lviv or Odessa?
Well, the answer depends what are you looking for, because those 2 cities are very different. It is like should I go to Miami or Las Vegas?
Let me give you short input.
Odessa is not historical city, This is only one big city exactly on the sea in Ukraine. After Russia occupied Crimea, it become number 1 destination for summer vacation. Night clubs, bars, restaurants, girls - it is all there in summer. And prices. Sometimes they seems higher than in Kiev even for average service and hotels. If you want to have really nice hotel, you should pay around 200$ per room. I guess I can have good place in Spain, Italy and even Dubai with such price. But sorry, it just Odessa on the Black Sea.
Besides vacation time, there are few things to see but not much. Odessa still need to invest a lot into its modernization and development. So this is nice only for summer time, if you are looking for entertainment and girls.
Also if you want to experience with Ukrainian traditions, Odessa is not the right place. It is more jewish city actually, so you can experienced with jewish traditions more.
Lviv is very deep cultural treasure in Ukraine. It has very nice architecture, so many historical places. It is knows as city of chocolate, coffee , books and restaurants. They have great conceptual restaurants, festivals, forums and so on. Prices is cheaper than in Odessa and Kiev. but the quality and service is much better. Lviv is located 70 km to border with Europe, that's why they always have a lot of foreign tourists. You can visit it the whole season, they always have what to see and full of people.
And this is the great destination to know Ukrainian culture and traditions. Lviv was under Soviet and Russian Control much less time, so Ukrainian culture survive here much better.
So now it's your call what to choose what do you need: entertainment and sea, or historical and more cultural things.
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