Unforgettable vacation among the lakes
Lake Svityaz is located on the territory of Ukraine, not far from the district center Shatsk, which gave the name to a group of water bodies located nearby. Around there are picturesque pine and mixed forests, which are part of the Ukrainian and Belarusian Polesye.
It is not for nothing that this corner of the world is called deaf - in spite of its unique territorial location, major highways and railways do not pass through it. Even airplanes fly around the Svityaz side of the lake - it is just aloof from the shortest routes of communication between major cities.
In addition to Lake Svityaz itself, which is the second largest in Ukraine, there is a whole scattering of smaller reservoirs, numbering more than 20. Among them, the largest are:
Each of the lakes has its own legends, and each has unique places for recreation, including luxurious pensions, campgrounds, natural attractions and just secluded corners where you can breathe in clean air, forgetting about the pressing problems.
Getting to Lake Svityaz without your own transport is not easy.
There are two main ways - if you are traveling through Ukraine, it is worthwhile to arrive in Kiev, from where trains and buses to Lutsk or Kovel depart several times a day. From these settlements to Svityaz and Shatsk ply buses, route taxis and drivers-private traders, who quickly take you to the desired point of the country.
It is somewhat more difficult to go through Belarus - after arriving in Minsk, you need to go to Brest - from there by road to the border with Ukraine, and then another bus to Lake Svityaz. However, it is not necessary to resort to such difficulties - it is enough to use the services of one of the many travel companies that evaluate such trips quite cheaply.
Upon arrival, you can stay in one of the luxurious boarding houses or hotels that are located within the city of Shatsk and on the shores of Lake Svityaz.Holidays here will be much cheaper than on the sea under comparable conditions, but you should get ready to pay a considerable amount for a comfortable large room.
It is worth noting that prices are significantly reduced when removed from Svityaz - so if you do not want to spend extra money, the best option would be to settle in nearby villages, from where you can get to the lake by car or public transport.
A good option - rent a house, cottage, individual apartments. In this area, people prefer large-scale construction, so for two or three people of the whole house can be a bit too much. This pleasure will cost almost half the price than in a boarding house, but you will have to prepare and solve problems with entertainment on your own.
Going to rest on the lake Svityaz, in advance look for recommendations regarding the housing in which you plan to stay.Its quality can be very heterogeneous - both presentable new buildings and rural houses without conveniences come across for the same price.
In the district there are many civilized campgrounds, in which there is a source of electricity, drinking water, security and medical assistance. However, this seems insufficient to many, and they go deep into the forests. You can also repeat this trip and stay in more often around Svityaz, but you should take care of your safety by buying a reinforced tent that can protect you from wild animals and the coolness of the night.
In addition, do not forget to take a remedy for insect bites - in the lake edge you can suffer greatly from such a nuisance.
Fun and Pastime
From Shatsk and the big guesthouses several times a week there are excursions, both automobile and pedestrian. You can enjoy the views of each of the reservoirs, listen to the legend of the local villain's castle hidden at the bottom of Lake Lucimir, as well as swim in the most remote and deserted corners of the forest coast.
For lovers of fishing, Svityaz will provide a unique opportunity to compete with local experts in the field, catching fish belonging to one of the 25 species found in the local waters.
If you just want to enjoy the result of the process, then you can go to one of the local cafes where you will be served pike, perch, carp and a real gem of local cuisine - eel caught from Lake Svityaz and smoked on birch logs.
Those who like to spend time more actively should take advantage of the offer to go on horseback riding through the local forests. However, you should not fight off the group - the nearby border does not have to such frivolous actions.
In addition, there is a local extreme here - for example, water skiing on Lake Svityaz and a race on powerful off-road vehicles along a dirt track laid in the forest.
Local cuisine and relaxation
Having gone to Shatsk,Do not forget to visit local establishments, where you will be offered a unique mead, infused with the products of wild bees, as well as a local delicacy - chopped bacon, marinated with a dozen spices.
Looking up from culinary masterpieces, you can visit the central square of the town near Svityaz, which looks surprisingly cozy and attractive for a place of this size. By the way, Ukrainian and Belarusian stars of local scale regularly come here with concerts, so you can easily catch the real folk festivals that accompany these events.
In the vicinity of Lake Svityaz you will be offered to improve your health in various ways. Here they actively use the water of various natural sources, as well as herbal medicine with the help of herbal preparations made up of medicinal flora growing in the district. In addition, apitherapy has reached an extraordinary development here - treatment by bees, which has serious scientific grounds.
In the boarding houses located near Svityaz, one can taste delicious honey, both beekeeping and harvested by wild bees, as well as to experience the power of the bites of these insects for healing muscles and joints.Did you try to sleep on the hives with bees? On Lake Svityaz, this is quite popular - for this purpose, special-design houses are being built, in which the buzz of a swarm is well heard and the extraordinary aromas of fresh pollen penetrate inside.