Ivano-Frankivsk oblast is the region located in western Ukraine. The administrative centre of the oblast is the city Ivano-Frankivsk. Among other important towns are Bolehov, Yaremche, Nadvornaya, Dolina and some other. The area of the oblast is 13, 9 thousand square km while the population is 1, 388 mln people. The oblast is divided into 14 districts, 5 municipalities, and more than 750 villages. It was named after a famous Ukrainian writer and nationalist Ivan Franko. Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast was founded in 1939 but got its name only in 1963; it was named Stanislavskaya Oblast before.
The relief is diverse; it is represented by different zones: plain, forest-steppe, submountaine and mountain. Mountain zone is situated on the southwest of the oblast; the Carpathians are the large mountain chain, part of which is situated in the West of Ukraine. There are many rivers in the region, the largest are the Dniester and the Prut. Mountain rivers create a picturesque landscape. Thanks to such facts Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast is a famous recreational resort. Wildlife preservation "Gorgany", many national parks and sanatoriums are the foundation of the recreational system in the region. People go to such towns as Yaremche, Cherche, Tatarov to undergo treatment with the help of mineral baths, mud-and-water cure, climatotherapy and fresh mountain air. The climate conditions are favourable for those who have problems with blood pressure because climate is moderately continental without sharp changes in the weather. The winter is quite mild and the summer is warm. But in the Carpathians weather conditions are severe. Main attractions of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast are Uspenskaya Church in Krylos village, national park "Old Galych", a lot of ancient Russian settlements and burial grounds. The region is also famous among those who travel to Ukraine for hiking or skiing. Bukovel is one of the most popular ski resorts with well developed infrastructure, a big amount of skiing tracks and hotels. Those who want their rest to be less extreme without skiing and hiking can visit the great variety of spa centers.
No matter what you expect from your time in Ivano-Frankivsk, you will surely get it. Historical sightseeings, ethnic flavor, health improving and extreme sports centers are at your service.