10 reasons to visit Romania

1. Breathtaking mountain landscapes and wildlife.
Romania has some of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes in Europe. You can breath the fresh and pure air in the mountains or you can enjoy the seaside or visit the Danube Delta. Here you can enjoy both mountains and sea, but the truly amazing landscapes are definitely to be seen in the Carpathian Mountains which makes it a great winter destination especially because from the end of October and until April they are covered with snow. If you love forests, whether walking, hiking or biking through them, Romania’s Carpathian Mountains are swathed in trees, offering stunning scenery to explore.

There are two main roads crossing the mountains – Transfagarasan and Transalpina also known in Romania as “The King’s Road”. These roads reach very high altitude and have a lot of twist and turns, equally beautiful and dangerous.

The Danube Delta is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and has one of the largest biodiversity in the world. The nature here is raw, untamed and incredibly beautiful. Tourists interested in visiting this paradise can accommodate in a floating hotel or a traditional pension in order to experience a unique vacation on Romanian lands.

2. Romania is really affordable
Romania is an affordable country, especially if you come from a western country. Hotel and food prices are low comapared to other European countries. The average price of a beer is around $1.50 to $3.00 at a decent bar, a meal at a restaurant will cost you about $9-$10 with tip. Romania’s railway is one of the largest in the world and even train travel is still much slower than other places in Europe tickets are very affordable. From affordable metro in Bucharest to the trains and regional airports, you can get around the country with a very low cost.

The currency used in Romania is the leu (lei for plural, also written as RON) and the exchange rate is usually about 3.4 lei to the USD (1 Euro ~ 4.4 lei).

3. Medieval towns and old traditional villages.
The central part of Romania – Transylvania has some colourful preserved medieval towns with beautiful architecture like Cluj, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu or Alba Iulia. Also here you can find villages that remained unaffected by time and modern civilization, stand as a testimony for the history of Romania. Transylvania is the place where time has stopped. The citadels are really romantic and filled with legends and enchanting stories.

4. The Castles and The Legend of Dracula.
Here, in Romania you will find 3 of Europe’s top 25 castle:  located at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peles Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe. Corvinesti Castle is the greatest Gothic-style castle in Romania.It was built by the Anjou family on the site of a former Roman camp.

Surrounded by mystery and legend, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker’s Dracula.Where better to learn about the stories that inspired many movies than directly at the source. Dracula’s roots are in Transilvania and in the Romanian history books.

5. Amazing food and drinks.
The main characteristic of the Romanian cuisine is its great variety. It is a cuisine influenced by repeated waves of different cultures:  Greeks, Romans, Saxons, Turks, Slavic and Magyar. Romanians love to eat and if you decide to take a trip to Romania, make sure you are ready to come back home with few extra pounds.

Romania is one of the world’s top producers of delicious wines. A trip here offers many opportunities to visit wine-producing regions and to discover the wines of Romania. Besides wine, there are some more homemade alcoholic drinks that you will find in almost every Romanian house – elderflower champagne (socata), plum brandy (tuica) and fruit liquor (bilberry, raspberry and sour cherry).

The flavours of cuisine and the hospitality of people  are combined to bring you the real taste of Romania. Everything you will eat and drink there will taste amazing!

6. The churches and monasteries.
Some of the most beautiful christian churches in the world can be seen in Romania, so if you are more the museum-visiting type, than you should visit the north part of the country – Moldova. Romanians are very spiritual people and the mix of popular art and christian beliefs can be seen in the original paintings and architecture of the churches in Moldavia. There are a lot of old monasteries date from the 14th-16th century where nuns and monks still live nowadays. This monasteries part of the UNESCO world heritage because they are representing the Romanian tradition.

7. The parties and night life.
If you like to party a lot then Romania will be the perfect destination. Romanians know how to have fun and party. In the all major cities you will find people having fun all night long on the clubs, pubs and restaurants.

Romania’s nightlife is vibrant, varied, inexpensive. Bucharest is full of bars, discos, clubs, cafes, teahouses, pubs, restaurants and other types of locals where each night a party is taking place. You can find most of the clubs is the Old City Centre of Bucharest, which is very beautiful to visit during the day as well.  Romanian laws allow clubs to run until morning so you don’t have to worry if you feel like having fun at 6 A.M. Also, it is no secret that Romanian girls are very pretty and they like to party.

8. Traditions.
In the rural parts of Romania you can experience a surprising way of  life which hasn’t been changed over time. Here people still have some common occupations like shepherding, weaving, coloring eggs for Easter, raising chickens and pigs in their yards, they still use animals for field work and they can’t imagine their life without all these things.

If you come to Romania during Christmas or Easter, you will be surprised by the traditions kept religiously by the people.  Go to the rural side of the country and you will understand more about the Romanian spirit than from any book or documentary written about this country.

9. Black Sea resorts and summer fun
With a warm climate, miles of sand beaches and modern resorts Romania’s Black Sea Coast invite travelers to seriously consider as their summer vacation destination. There are parties on the beach clubs every day of the week during the summer. During the day, you can lay on the beach and get a nice tan to show off when you go back.

Also, the Black Sea Coast has been known for its cures of arthritic, rheumatic, internal and nervous disorders. Eforie Nord and Mangalia Spas are specialized in mud baths with the mud taken from the area’s salty lake waters.

10. The people
No matter how beautiful, affordable or amazing a place is,  it’s the people that really make a trip. So, the most important reason you should visit the amazing Romania is to find that the people are hospitality, welcoming and warm, that you can make long lasting friendships. Many people speak english and they will be able to point you in the right direction, offer you an advice or maybe even invite you  in their house as a friend, not a tourist to hang out with their friends or family.