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Vylkove

N 4523.854', E 2934.909'
2015-04-04
http://www.vilkovo.info
Our rating: 6.60
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In Ukraine people call Vylkove "The Ukrainian Venice". Of course this is not true. The only thing that makes Vylkove similar to Venice is channels. Over the past 50 years, many channels have dried up or were covered, so locals now prefer cars then boats.

It is interesting that 300 years ago, when Vylkove (formerly Lipovansk) was founded by Cossacks and Lipovans, it was standing on the sea shore. But over the past centuries, the sea receded by 18 kilometers.

Danube is the main local attraction. It is the largest river in Europe, with a length of almost 3,000 kilometers. The river is the border of ten countries, including Ukraine. Romania is on the opposite bank. Despite the fact that the number of fish in the Danube reduced, it is still there and fishing is an important source of income for local residents.

What to do in Vylkove:
 - Take a boat trip through the city
 - Visit the "Zero Kilometer", the place where the Danube flows into the sea
 - Learn more about the culture and cuisine of Lipovans
 - Visit the churches of old believers
 - Fishing
 - Try a local wine
 - Visit the unique Ermakov island, watch birds and animals

Vylkove has the main channel, the only one that is used constantly.

Vylkove from above
Vylkove from above Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove from above
Vylkove from above Yuriy Buriak

There are still many small channels

Parking in Vylkove
Parking in Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak

Curious system of wood and stone walkways, they are almost everywhere and help to avoid the mud.

Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


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Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak

There are hundreds of such walkways along the Danube.

Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak

Daffodils are everywhere in Vylkove in spring.

Daffodils in Vylkove
Daffodils in Vylkove Yuriy Buriak

There are few monuments.

Monument to the fisherman in Vylkove
Monument to the fisherman in Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Monument St. Nicholas - patron saint of fishermen and seafarers
Monument St. Nicholas - patron saint of fishermen and seafarers Yuriy Buriak


Monument to lipovans in Vilkovo
Monument to lipovans in Vilkovo Yuriy Buriak

Lenin was demolished last year.

Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak

Vylkove already is quite popular among foreign tourists. Together with us there was a group of 10 germans, embassy staff. Foreigners also come to Vylkove during a cruise on the Danube. This is last point for them where they transfer into small boats and go to the Zero Kilometer, where the Danube flows into the Black Sea.

Around Vylkove is located Danube Biosphere Reserve. Wherever you go on the boat, your way will lie through the reserve. The ecosystem of the Danube Delta is the most interesting in Europe and one of the best in the world. During the two days of excursions we have seen a huge number of birds and animals.

The scheme of the Danube Biosphere Reserve
The scheme of the Danube Biosphere Reserve Yuriy Buriak

We made two boat trips. First, to the symbolic Zero Kilometer along the Ankudinov Girlie. On the way saw alluvial gardens and cane thickets.

Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak

At the end point of the route we made pictures with a symbolic sign. Here you can find beautiful shells and see rare birds. unfortunately we do not have special camera for birds, so did not make photos of them. But saw a lot, even pelicans.

Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak

We also visited the Ermakov island. On the way passed along Vylkove.

Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak

It is visited by only a few hundred people a year, so local ecosystem is really unique.

Ermakov island
Ermakov island Yuriy Buriak

Telephoto lens here is a must. We saw wild horses, wild cows, hyena, white-tailed eagle, bittern, cormorants, curly pelican, heron, pheasant, hoopoe. Among the big ones we missed only the forest cat and wild boar.

Ermakov island
Ermakov island Yuriy Buriak


Ermakov island
Ermakov island Yuriy Buriak

The island is surrounded by a special dam that prevents the growth of tall trees and shrubs. The dam is very convenient to walk and, by the way, the path that is seen on the top was made by animals, not people.

Ermakov island
Ermakov island Yuriy Buriak

Saw the bones of several large animals, not all survive the winter.

Ermakov island
Ermakov island Yuriy Buriak

Crow's egg

Ermakov island
Ermakov island Yuriy Buriak

And of course a very beautiful scenery.

Ermakov island
Ermakov island Yuriy Buriak


Ermakov island
Ermakov island Yuriy Buriak


Ermakov island
Ermakov island Yuriy Buriak


Ermakov island
Ermakov island Yuriy Buriak

Vylkove also interesting because of Old Believers (Lipovans). We have little interest in religion, so did not even know who they are. In a nutshell: in the 1650s - 1660s church was reformed. Those who have not accepted the reform, became known as Old Believers. They are also Orthodox believers, just with a little differences. Details can be found in Wikipedia, for us the main difference was that the Old Believers are baptized with two fingers instead of three and have separate entrances to the church for men and women.

Vylkove has three churches: two for the Old Believers and one modern. We made photos from above to compare them. Purely visual - no difference.

On the Internet you can read what Lipovans are closed and unsociable. May be that is true. Although, when we flew there with a drone, the locals came up with interest and asked us about everything. No problems in communication were observed :)

Old Believers church
Old Believers church Yuriy Buriak


Old Believers church
Old Believers church Yuriy Buriak


St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Yuriy Buriak


Church of the Nativity
Church of the Nativity Yuriy Buriak

Some websites about Vylkove:
http://www.dbr.org.ua/?lng=en
http://www.vilkovo.info/index.php?lang=en
http://www.danubetour.info/eng/index.html
http://www.pelican-danube-tour.com.ua - here we spent the night and took the tours. Unfirtunately no english version, but you can book on booking.com.

Vylkove from above
Vylkove from above Yuriy Buriak


Vylkove
Vylkove Yuriy Buriak

Getting to Vylkove: This is the biggest problem. The fact is that the last part of the road is just awful, so travel time by bus from Odessa (from bus station Privoz) is about 4 hours (200 km), which is quite tedious. Find schedule here, but it's better to learn the actual schedule at the bus station. In any case first bus starts about 6:25. In the city bus brings you to the center, to the church. From here you can walk 5 minutes to the river port and find boat trips.
Tags, Ukraine: river, river transport

Tags, all countries: river, river transport
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