Vilkovo Odesa


Overview

This unique town - the gem of the lower Danube River - is located on the border of Ukraine and Romania at the picturesque confluence of the Danube and the Black Sea. At this place, one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe breaks into several branches that form a sort of fork. It is from here that the village gets its name («vilka» means «fork» in Russian) given to the city by Russians and runaway Cossacks, who were the first to settle in these lands.

Due to the many waterways that take up almost half of the town, Vilkovo was nicknamed the «Ukrainian Venice». Unique boats, Ukrainian versions of gondolas, can be seen here much more often than cars. Vilkovo is a quiet, cozy town, hiding on the banks of the Danube. It is made up of dozens of picturesque man-made islands, formed out of silt and clay, that are surrounded by fabulously beautiful gulfs and backwaters.

Vilkovo is called the town of fishermen and winemakers. The latter grow here a unique grade of grapes – the «novak» – from which the delicious eponymous wine is made. The wine makes for a fantastic souvenir to bring home to friends and relatives! The locals also like to treat the town’s guests with amazing herbal tea from wooden samovars.

But Vilkovo’s main attraction is the Danube bioreserve, which takes up almost 50 thousand hectares and is considered to be the biggest swampland reserve in Europe! The Romanian part of the reserve is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

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