Brief introduction to Romania’s best travel destinations
For someone who has never been here before, Romania is mostly known for the performances of sport players who distinguished themselves throughout the years. Hagi and Nadia Comaneci are names mentioned almost involuntarily by a foreigner every time Romania is specified. They have also represented for couple of years the main figures of promotion on the tourism market for our country.
Nevertheless, the best way of talking about Romania is by understanding its diversity. Located at the crossroads between Occident and Orient, nested in the Balkan part, Romania is a Latin country with a tumultuous story, divers ethnicity and culture, joyful people and a blessed land. So, to find out the truth, we definitely have to go deeper.
Romania is a country of eternal beauty, enhanced by the impressive mountains of the Carpathians, the Black Sea and the famous Danube River.
In Romania, traditions are deeply rooted in many places, life drains as it used to several hundred years ago and medieval painted monasteries, wooden churches, castles and palaces whisper to visitors secrets of the past. Former royal monarchy and former communist republic, always struggling to obtain the independence, Romania started now to step on the path of modernization. Nowadays, you can feel the “wind of change” and it is time to harness it with great care for the traditional values that became in such times important landmarks of the country’s identity for the Romanians living here or abroad.
The cultural objectives, many integrated on the UNESCO World Heritage are the legacy of a unique history with a millennial basis both of Latin origin and of other medieval European nations.
The best way of exploring our country is by describing the historical regions that form nowadays Romania: Maramures, Bucovina, Moldova, Transylvania, Wallachia and Dobrogea.
So, walk with us on the paths of this small treasure of the Balkans and discover Romania’s main tourist attractions:
In Maramures, North of Romania, you will understand why the saying ”Romania starts where the asphalt ends!”. It is said that here you’ll find the heart of the rural Romania with lovely villages where the inhabitants keep alive the traditions passed on from generation to generation.
It is here where you can visit the Merry Cemetery, unique in the world, the tall wooden churches, 7 of them listed on UNESCO World Heritage, shop in traditional markets, visit local craftsmen, hike and admire the Carpathian Mountains and have a ride with the Mocanita narrow gauge train.
Continue with Bucovina, still North of Romania, where you will have the chance to visit the unique painted monasteries erected in the middle of the nature and taste the delicious traditional dishes respecting the Romanian saying:” The best vegetable is…meat!”.
The tradition of egg painting was also born here so prepare to feast your eyes while watching the locals practising this century old custom.
In Moldova, you will enjoy visiting impressive and famous wine cellars along with charming mansions and medieval fortresses.
Wallachia, the Southern part of the country, is the region of Bucharest, The Little Paris, capital city of Romania. Boasting the second largest administrative building in the world, the Palace of the Parliament, large parks, classical architecture, a bustling old city center, Bucharest has gained the status “the city of contrasts”.The buildings can easily “testify” the important events and changes that the city had to face throughout its history.
This is also the place where you can understand the policies of the communist regime and the bloody end of it thanks to the December 1989 revolution.
In Wallachia you will also find great historical objectives, old cities, impressive castles such as Peles castle and Cantacuzino Palace, natural reservations and famous ski resorts like Sinaia, Azuga, Busteni.
Let’s not forget about Transylvania, probably the most famous region of Romania.
We could say that it became more famous even than the country itself. Here you will understand why His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of Wales, fell in love with these landscapes and struggles to promote Romania abroad.
Former land of the Saxons and Szeklers (now 2 most important minorities in Romania), Transylvania is a charming place, home to dozens of fortified churches, Saxon villages, medieval citadels and cities, traditional craftsmen, natural scenery and, of course, Count Dracula legend.
The most popular attractions are Viscri medieval village and church, Biertan and Prejmer fortified churches, Bran castle also known as Dracula castle, Sighisoara medieval citadel, Sibiu, Brasov and Cluj Napoca medieval cities, Turda Salt Mine, the Szeklerland with the hot springs and old princely mansions.
These are just a small part of the Transylvanian experience you can get to know.
Danube Delta from Dobrogea region in Southern-Eastern Romania is probably the most important natural reservation, a forever young land, where you will understand the fragility and beauty of nature.
And last, but not least, the Black Sea side which was most developed during the communist regime and still developing even now. Here you will meet more often with the Turkish culture, this area being the place where most of the Turkish minority can be found.
All the articles that are to come will provide you systematic information about the unique places and traditions, the Romanian lifestyle and superstitions in the historical and cultural context that made them possible.
For a better understanding of the Romanian tourism and potential tours to our country, our members will be more than happy to assist you. Their long experience in the incoming field will help you optimize your visit considering your wishes and needs.