One of Europe's most intriguing destinations, Romania is resolutely rural and yet vigorously chasing the attractions of contemporary Europe.
Explore the capital Bucharest to uncover one of Eastern Europe's best-kept secrets. Far better known are the tales of Dracula; relive Bram Stoker's tale in the narrow passages and secret stairwells of the mock Gothic castle in the small town of Bran, which has historic links to Vlad the Impaler.
Village life is on display in Marmures, Romania's rural heartland, and Southern Bucovina, where monasteries are decorated gaudily in bright colours and covered in murals that recount stories and legends.
Those interested in birds and wildlife other than bats should head to the Danube Delta. This protected wetland area of lily-covered lakes and shifting sand dunes is a haven for birdlife that's best enjoyed aboard a traditional wooden kayak.
The Carpathian Mountains, also known as the Transylvanian Alps, run through the country; hike the rugged slopes on well-marked trails in wildlife-filled stretches such as the Fagaras Mountains to see some of Romania's most spectacular scenery. There's also good hiking, mountain biking and skiing in the Bucegi Mountains.
Elsewhere, travel along the Black Sea coast to enjoy sandy beaches, spas and resorts as well as historical monuments and vineyards.
The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
Summer temperatures are moderated by sea breezes by the coast. Winter is December to April where snow falls throughout most of the country.
The religious and agricultural calendars play a central part in Romanian life. In the summer, large fairs provide the chance to trade, feast and dance. Sighisoara, or Medieval Days, is a two-week medieval arts, crafts and music festival in August. In the same month the fair at Prislop Pass is a dance festival with local food and drink.
Hearty and rich. Typical dishes include ciorba de perisoare (soup with meatballs), ciorba tananeasca (meat with vegetables) and sarmale (pork balls in cabbage leaves). Plum brandy, or tuica, is served as an entrée. Wines are good.
Handshaking is the most common form of greeting, but it is also customary for men to kiss a woman's hand when being introduced. Visitors should be aware that smoking is prohibited on public transport, in cinemas and theatres. However, many Romanians are smokers and gifts of Western cigarettes are greatly appreciated.
Aurel Vlaicul (BBU) is 9 km from the centre of Bucharest.
Internal flights go to main cities. Bus networks are very slow and infrequent. Efficient and cheap rail network of slow, fast and suburban trains. Road conditions are bad. Main towns have buses, trams and trolleybuses. Bucharest has an underground system.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Romania. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0618.
Lucy Skelton - Europe Specialist
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