The Pearl of the Black Sea, Odessa is a major seaport and the third largest city in Ukraine. What attracts hordes of visitors to this exotic Mediterranean locale is the mild climate, warm waters and sandy beaches where you can explore the city by strolling in the shady lanes, stopping to look at the beautiful pastel buildings and cozy squares that remind you of a Greek colony.
The name of the city comes from one of its legendary founders, Kyi. One of the biggest cities in Europe, with a population of over three million, Kiev is the bustling capital of Ukraine, and as well as the country’s administrative, economic, scientific, cultural and educational center…that’s a whole lot for just one city. Kiev (as the Russians spell it), or Kyiv (as the Ukrainians spell it), is located in the north central part of the country on the shores of the Dnieper River.