The Black Sea biosphere reserve

The Black Sea reserve is the largest in Ukraine. It was created in the early 20th century on the picturesque coast of the Black Sea, near Kherson. Its huge territory, which is home to beautiful gulfs, peculiar islands, fabulous groves, sand massif, and deserted steppes, demonstrates the surprising variety of Ukrainian Black Sea landscapes.

Unique natural conditions have bestowed upon the reserve rich and diverse flora and fauna. Many animal and bird species can be found on these preserved lands, as well as over fifty kinds of plants, many of which are rare and are on the endangered species list. Birds also use the reserve’s islands for nesting and wintering. For this reason, the reserve’s marshlands have recognized international importance. Thousands of birds cross the reserve in huge flocks, making for fantastic views!

One of the reserve’s most picturesque places is the Tenderov Spit that stretches in a narrow line for almost 100 km. In ancient Greece, it was called Achilles' Way because of a temple that was built in honor of this mythical hero.

Numerous tourists come to the Black Sea coast not only to enjoy the beauty and majesty of southern Ukraine’s unique nature, but also to rejuvenate their health. A healing geyser, whose temperature stays at a cozy 65°С (150F) all year round, was discovered several years ago at the reserve’s borders. Soon after the discovery, a pool was opened using the hot spring water. It has been proven that, because of its unique properties, the geyser’s water helps to heal diseases of the thyroid gland, neural system, musculoskeletal system, and respiratory tract.

Getting here: Take bus (30 min, around 20 UAH) or taxi (150 UAH) from Kherson to the Golaya Pristan center.

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