A dynamic country, with a rich cultural and historical heritage, offering countless unique travel experiences awaiting to be discovered. A short car journey of just a few hours can take visitors from the Danube River to a beautiful and perfectly preserved medieval town in Transylvania, from Bucharest to the Black Sea, from Southern Transylvania to Bucovina or Maramures.
Travel back in time while you visit world famous painted monasteries, historic fortresses and castles, architectural treasures, and of course the place where the legend of Dracula was born!
Visit the birthplace of the legend of Dracula
Travel through time while you admire beautiful natural scenery and architectural brilliance, all in one place.
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A dynamic country, with a rich cultural and historical heritage, offering countless unique travel experiences awaiting to be discovered. A short car journey of just a few hours can take visitors from the Danube River to a beautiful and perfectly preserved medieval town in Transylvania, from Bucharest to the Black Sea, from Southern Transylvania to Bucovina or Maramures. Travel back in time while you visit world famous painted monasteries, historic fortresses and castles, architectural treasures, and of course the place where the legend of Dracula was born!
Romania's history has not been as idyllically peaceful as its geography and setting appears nowadays. In the Early Middle Ages Hungarians began settling in the area, today known as Transylvania, which would eventually become part of the Kingdom of Hungary. Germans also settled in that area (in several waves), some coming as early as the 12th century. In order to protect themselves from the frequent Tartar and Turkish invasions they set about building fortified cities and castles, many of which remain to this day. South and east of the Carpathians the principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia were created in the 14th century. Starting with the 15th century, both of them (and for a while Transylvania too) fell under the domination of the Ottoman Empire.
For those seeking a holiday packed with activities, you are guaranteed to not run out of choices in Romania! Discover the country’s natural beauty by going camping beside one of its many rivers or on one of its magnificent mountains, join an exciting cycling tour along thrilling bike trails and enjoy the beautiful scenery, or explore the Carpathian mountains from a horseback. Other activities you can enjoy, include hiking, rafting, skiing, motorcycling, or if you are looking for something more relaxing, why not go fishing, bird-watching, or for a few rounds of golf.
One of the main characteristics of Romanian cuisine is its great variety. Romanian dishes are distinct, yet familiar to most people, as they are influenced by repeated waves of different cultures: the Greeks, the Romans, the Saxons, the Turks, as well as Slavic and Magyar neighbours. All of these influences gradually blended into the varied and delicious traditional food. The main ingredients used in most dishes are meats such as pork, beef and lamb, fish, vegetables, dairy products and fruit.
Some of the popular local dishes are the delicious sarmale, mamaliga (polenta), bulz (traditional roasted polenta, filled with at least two kinds of cheeses, bacon and sour cream), friptura (steak), salata boef (finely chopped cooked veggetables and meat salad, usually topped with mayo and decorated with tomatoes and parsley), zacusca (a rich salsa-like dip) as well as tocana (a kind of stew), tochitura (an assortment of fried meats, and traditional sausages, in a special sauce, served with polenta and fried eggs), mici (a kind of spicy sausage).
Accompany your meal with a glass or bottle of delicious local wine, produced in one of the numerous vineyards found in the country. The country’s wines are high ranking among other European countries’ wines and worldwide. Exceptional desserts are of course served to complete the perfect meal, such as traditional cakes and sweet pies.
Romania has temperate continental climate characterized with hot summers and heavy storms and cold winters. There is a big difference in temperature and rainfall between the different parts of Romania. In summer the temperature is between 23-35°C, while in winter it's below 0°C. The autumn and spring are milder and the temperature varies between 18-22°C. The average monthly temperature in July is 22°C and -2°C in winter months.
The warm climate, miles of sandy beaches, fascinating ancient monuments, numerous vineyards and modern resorts invite travellers to seriously consider Romania's Black Sea Coast as their summer vacation destination.
Beaches stretching from Mangalia to Mamaia, are lined with fine resorts and hotels, and countless sports and entertainment facilities. Remnants of ancient Greek culture as far back as the 7th Century BC, when seafarers established trading colonies along the coast, are still being discovered.
The Black Sea has long been known for cures of arthritic, rheumatic, internal and nervous disorders. There are spas that specialise in mud baths with mud taken from the area's salty lake waters, as well as in world famous "Gerovital" and "Aslavital" original rejuvenation treatments.
The country’s collection of castles and fortresses is what best illustrates its rich medieval heritage. There are different types of castles, built in different eras and for different purposes, from strong and austere fortresses built for defence against invaders between the 14th and 18th century, to imposing and luxurious castles built in the late 1800s. As a result of almost nine centuries of Saxon presence, Transylvania, located in central Romania, claims a cultural and architectural heritage unique in Europe.
This region is home to nearly 200 Saxon villages, churches and fortifications built between the 13th and 15th century. The most popular fortresses and castles include the 14th century Corvinilor Castle, the elegant 19th century Peles Castle with its 160 rooms filled with priceless European art and, of course, the Bran Castle, built in the mid-1300s and legendary home of Bram Stoker's Count Dracula. These and many more are designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.