Mykolaiv is situated 250 miles (402 kilometers) south of Kiev, the country's capital.
Of course, limiting yourself to only one place, no matter how popular, can only ever give you a glimpse into the wider textures and qualities of a region. So be sure to set aside enough time to tour Western Ukraine's other natural and man-made attractions.
A great way to really get to know a place is by learning about its history. While here, take the time to tour the area's historic fortresses.
If you're not the kind to take a break purely to put your feet up, Western Ukraine offers plenty of outdoor-adventure activities such as ice skating and hiking.
Traveling to a place involves so much more than just the scenery, it's also about the words, stories and ideas of a place. Your stay in Western Ukraine will become all the more rewarding if you take the time to learn some handy phrases and sayings in Ukrainian. Why not try "Chočeš zi mnoiu potanciuvaty?" The English translation is "Would you like to dance with me?" "Zvidky vy?" translates to "Where are you from?"
All things have to end, but be rest assured, when you have to leave Mykolaiv, you'll be leaving with special memories and keepsakes to treasure.