If you already know the greatest hits of Europe (France, Italy, Spain etc) and are looking for something different, we sincerely recommend Romania holidays (and, specifically, Transylvania). The people are lovely, the towns are quiet and safe (with the exception of Bucharest which has the problems of any big city), the food is good and the scenery is amazing. Although we identify in the landscapes and architecture with what we usually call "European eyes", the atmosphere is quite different from the one breathed in the western part of the Old World.
Romania is also a very recent country, which for a long time has been dominated by its neighbors. It's not as dangerous as many people will say to you in the rest of Europe. Yes, there is a huge gypsy population on the streets, but they take care of their lives and you take care of yours. It is much more a matter of prejudice. In any case, as in any larger city, one must take care of one's belongings and not go about in alone late at night.
Romania is your destination if you look for a European atmosphere, but prefer not to go through the cliché countries, either because you already know them or because of the high cost of these places, or even if you are looking for a more original place to visit. Like all of Europe, Romania is a place full of history, enchanting landscapes, castles, forts, bucolic regions, hustle and bustle, and so on. All this for an excellent value for money.
Romania has a typical Central European climate, with temperate and continental temperatures, although the climate is very different in certain areas of the country. The inland areas are more humid than those on the Black Sea coast. The temperature varies between 25 degrees Celsius in summer and 4 or 5 degrees below zero in winter.
The best time for holidays to Romania, if you want to know the interior of the country, will be during the spring months, April and May, where temperatures will be ideal to enjoy a wonderful holiday in good weather. If you want to ski in Poiona, winter is the ideal time. However, if you want to visit Mangalia or Constanza, we advise you to do it in summer where temperatures are high, but not as extreme as in the interior of the country.
The tourist infrastructure is already well developed, although not uniformly in all regions, and the prices practiced are very within the reach of the lean Portuguese exchanges. It is true that they still have a lot to grow in terms of tourism from abroad (especially in language and, in many cases, in friendliness and efficiency), but we can generally say that it is not too complicated for traveling independently, even at this time of year, which is already high season.
To whet your appetite, here are our top ten reasons why Romania holidays must be chosen.
The wooden churches of Maramureş: The typical wooden churches of the Maramureş region in the north of the country are wooden ark constructions with a massive roof that almost "chokes" the lower part and a tall, slender bell tower at one end. In all there are almost a 100. They are Orthodox or, in some cases, Greek-Catholic churches. The oldest still preserved date from the centuries of the 17th and 18th, but are still being built today. Due to their special characteristics, eight of these churches are classified by UNESCO as World Heritage: Bârsana, Budeşti, Deseşti, Ieud, Plopiş, Poienile Izei, Rogoz and Şurdeşti.
Bucharest Parliament: Megalomaniac project of the dictator Ceaucescu, the Parliament Palace in Bucharest is the second largest administrative building in the world, and the heaviest. It has 84 meters of height divided into 12 floors, and more than thousand divisions spread by 365,000 m2 of area. Only about 30% of the space is effectively occupied not only by the Romanian Parliament but also by other official institutions and by the Conference Center - that part of the palace which the public can now visit. Impressive because of its exterior volume, the grandeur and magnificence of the interior leave us open-mouthed.
Corvinilor Castle: Also known as Hunedoara Castle, its origins date back to the 17th century. Gothic-Renaissance style, it was built on stone on the site of an ancient fortification by the river Zlaşti. It is an imposing structure with tall towers, both circular and square, windows and balconies, colored roofs, the whole constituting a very harmonious and attractive composition. Although it is less beautiful inside, it has some interesting features that are worth the visit on Romania holidays.
The fortified churches of Transylvania: Built between the 18th and 19th centuries, a period in which Transylvania belonged to the kingdom of Hungary and was frequently forced to fight against the Ottoman invasions, are more than 150 fortified churches that still exist today in that region. Colonized by Germans from Saxony, the communal life of the small towns of Transylvania revolved around their churches, which is why they surrounded them with walls and towers that served not only for their defense but also as warehouses of food and essential goods, the fortifications helped to withstand long sieges whenever necessary. Although they are all evangelical churches and have many characteristics in common, the types of fortification are quite diverse and each has its own special style. UNESCO has classified seven of these churches as World Heritage: Biertan, Cândic, Dârjiu, Prejmer, Saschiz, Valea Viilor and Viscri. As a church, the one with the most beautiful interior is undoubtedly the one of Dârjiu, decorated in shades of blue and with some beautiful frescos on the walls, while the most interesting in terms of fortified set are undoubtedly those of Viscri and Prejmer.
Bran Castle: Perhaps very much because it is known as Dracula's Castle - it was the image of this castle that Bram Stoker used to describe the place where his Count lives - Bran Castle is the place where the Romania is most noticeable, at least for now. However, if we close our eyes to this fact, this castle turns out to be a pleasant surprise. Not particularly spectacular when viewed from the outside, inside is a labyrinth of rooms and salons linked by stairs, galleries and balconies open to an interior courtyard, from which one has a view of the irregularly attractive volumes of the building, which turns out to be surprising intimate.
The painted monasteries of Bucovina: In Bucovina, a region in northeastern Romania, there are a large number of churches/monasteries painted with colorful frescoes, not only inside but also on the exterior walls. The oldest churches date back to the 19th century and were built, in most cases, to serve as a burial place for nobles and princes. The painted scenes (typical of the Orthodox Christian religion) describe biblical episodes and their purpose was both religious and didactic: they promoted religion and educated the illiterate. Its original authors remain mostly unknown. Eight of these monuments are classified as World Heritage by UNESCO: Arbore, Humor, Moldovita, Patrauti, Probota, Suceava (Church of St. George), Sucevita and Voronet.
The Happy Cemetery of Sapanţa: It is a unique place that is worth visiting on holidays to Romania. Also in the region of Maramureş, almost on the border with Ukraine, this cemetery celebrates the lives of the people who are buried there, instead of mourning their death. Wooden crosses painted with a characteristic blue and other vivid colors illustrate scenes that characterize the person who died, or the way he died, along with a fun description or a poem. Stan Joan Patras was the local artist who gave rise to this tradition, which was then continued by one of his apprentices. The church in the cemetery is currently being remodeled, and from what is already done it is possible to see the final result promises to be a marvel.
The Cathedral of Curtea de Arges: Located on the perimeter of the Curtea de Arges monastery, the cathedral dedicated to St. Nicholas is a rare jewel. Completed in 1517 and restored in 1885, it blends happily the Byzantine and Moorish styles. If the exterior, in very light limestone ornamented in pale tones, is already attractive by itself, the interior is simply mesmerizing. The paintings on the walls and ceilings, the worked columns, the profusion of gold mixed with vibrant colors ... everything is charming.
The Transfagaraşan road: If you want to know one of the most beautiful roads in Europe (and perhaps the world), forget about the main roads on your Romania holidays and travel to Transfagaraşan, preferably in the south-north direction. There are 90 km of curves and countercurves, where at best the average speed will be 40 km / h. At lower altitudes, the road develops between a closed and abundant vegetation where the conifers predominate. But in the higher areas (the road reaches 2042 m), the trees disappear and give way to undergrowth where they graze hundreds of sheep - which gives us breathtaking views. But it is only possible to cross it between June and October, normally, because the rest of the year is closed due to weather conditions and snow.
Peleş Castle: And finally, the icing on the cake is what is now considered the most beautiful castle in Europe: Peleş Castle. More palace than castle, in our opinion - which is not at all relevant to the case - is a beautiful renaissance-style building built in the Carpathians near Sinaia by King Charles I of Romania. It is also another very strong tourist hub of the country, and the queues for guided tours can even make us stand for an hour or more waiting. But all the annoyance is forgotten when we start to walk through the rooms, each decorated in its style and they are all beautiful. Being a recent castle (built in 1873 and 1914), it has been masterfully created environments of many remote times. Simply unmissable.
One of the most important things when planning holidays in Romania is to look for good lodging. To avoid inconvenience, it is essential to choose a hotel with positive references and without many problems that in the end become great problems that hinder your trip. Making the right choice will guarantee peace of mind and you will have good memories and good times, whether in the family, alone or with friends.
Unless the idea is to ski (something you can do in the outskirts of Brasov), avoid the colder months (November to March). It snows furiously, the roads can be interrupted and you will suffer to be outdoors. As in all countries suffering from severe winters, Romania is a joy only when it is hot. But although in Bucharest it is quite hot in the summer, Transylvania is always a bit cooler.
Romania is a country that is located in Eastern Europe and is therefore a country to which you can have access via various points of Europe by rail or road, either by bus or in your own car, as well as by plane through the airport Of Bucharest. You can also reach this country by boat. If you choose this means of transport, you will arrive in Romania from any part of the Black Sea.
By road, the western entrance of the country is realized by the E-68 road from Hungary being the E-70 and E-81 roads the two main access routes to the city of Bucharest. Via the E 85 road you can enter the country through Ukraine or the E 581 road through Moldova. The E-85 crosses the country from north to south and is also the gateway of Romania to Bulgaria.
By train, you should know that the main European capitals have connections with Romania, whereas if you choose to come by plane, Bucharest airport is the main point of entry in this country, which also has other international airports in Constanza and Timisoara . If you choose to come by boat, the port of Mangalia in the south-east of the country has berths for pleasure boats, while in Constanza you will find a ferry terminal.
Unlike its tumultuous history, the nature of Romania generously offers, in compensation, a harmonious environment, from the high mountains to the Black Sea coast. It is difficult to choose the fort of the types of tourism that can be practiced on holidays in Romania: coastal vacations in summer, winter sports in the mountains, visits to castles, museums and archaeological sites, including cultural tourism of all kinds, curative and medicinal tourism, national Alpine parks, or the Danube Delta, hunting and fishing, folklore, almost unmatched in Europe, various national and international festivals, to congresses and specialized meetings, with appropriate infrastructure. All this is added to the soul of a welcoming, Latin, hospitable and cheerful people with their specific culinary art always accompanied by good wines, because the God Bachus, according to the legends of the antiquity, was born in these lands.
Because the country is recognized as a great cultural power, it may be convenient to start with tourism related to culture, highlighting only one of two possibilities: more than 3,000 museums, archaeological sites, castles and palaces, monasteries and ancient churches, monuments and Fortresses well preserved. The National Museum of Romanian History in Bucharest has, among other things, as a highlight, a fabulous gold treasure of archaeological finds of inestimable value.
Romania is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Eastern Europe. The country charms visitors with epic mountain scenery, stunning monasteries, as well as the historic centers and ancient cities of Transylvania. Of course, you must know the place due to Dracula, since they believe that is the castle of the character. But do not limit your screenplay to just that.
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