Ukraine

Sheshory – the little Scandinavia of Ukraine

May 10, 2012

Last September we went to Sheshory (both E and O stressed is correct: ‘she-shaw-ree) for a week retreat. It’s true this village in Ivano-Frankivsk region is hard to get and lacks any touristic information whatsoever. Therefore I beleive it’s a great place to go if you are planning to visit Western Ukraine. Getting there Complicated, but totally worth it. We took a train from Kiev to Ivano-Frankivsk (a night train that arrives at around 6am), then took a bus to Kolomyja and from there took a bus to Sheshory. The round trip for two was roughly 600 UAH (~ €60). Another way would be travelling by car (but keep in mind that the roads are quite bad, so a city car would struggle). You can also fly to Lviv and hire someone who would take you around – this is a good option for foreigners who don’t speak Ukrainian (I know one guy, totally recommend). Housing and food We stayed at a wonderful small hotel called Filvarok nad Hukom (= “a lodge upon a curvy mountain stream”), we paid 400 UAH (~40€ per night with breakfast), they have bikes to rent, a small outside swimming pool, sauna, pool, and some other goodies. I have to mention this a very good price for what you’re getting – I would rate this hotel close to good European ***. They can also advise you on things to see and even book you a tour with an experience local guide who speaks 5 languages. We had lunch and dinner at a restaurant called Arkan. It is very close to the hotel, to be honest it’s if not the only restaurant in the area. We loved the food – it’s fresh, authentic, rich and inexpensive. And I wanted to share some more pictures of the village to show why I call it the little Scandinavia: p.s. It is a pity there’s not much information about Sherory in English, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below. p.p.s. All links in this post lead to relevant sites and this is purely mine recommendation.

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