The fast-flowing and rapid Prut River starts by slender slopes of Mount Hoverla and flows through Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernisvtsi regions. Near the village of Dzhurdzhyleshty in Moldova, it flows into the second longest river of Europe, the Danube River.
The total length of the Prut is 967 km, 272 km of which belong to Ukraine.
The river is rapid in its upper flow, but within its flat terrain, where the river’s valley considerably expands, it is quiet. The Prut is navigable near the village of Yassy in Moldova.
In the ancient times, the Prut was known by Romans. In 1513, the Tatars passed through the river. Several years later, its rapid flow drowned the troops of the Perekopskyi sultan Abdula.
Fast and rapid character of the river is also expressed in its name. «Poratus» in Latin means «rapid» or «fiery».
The origin of the Prut’s name is associated with romantic legends about unhappy love of a guy named Prut and a beauty Hoverla. This tale can be learnt by everyone from local inhabitants.
The Prut is the most picturesque near its source, where water flows are moving down making a lovely and beautiful waterfall. The river also creates many rapids along its fast flow. Known to everyone, the Probiy Waterfall is also situated on the Prut in Yaremche. Mountain and river landscape together with its surroundings are a perfect place for picnicing and strolling, since noise and coldness of Carpathian rivers bring feelings of courage and cheerfulness.
The bravest and the most desperate tourists can go rafting on the Prut. However, the river is extremely difficult for passing, comparing to other Ukrainian Carpathians’ streams. Fast flow and numerous rapids require constant attention and skills.