The home of many myths and legends, the country of Romania is fascinating, to say the least.
If there’s one thing that can be said of Romanian scenery is that it’s incredibly varied. In fact, the entire country is evenly split between mountains, plains, and hills, so there’s no shortage of different scenes anywhere the eye can see. It’s many winding paths and twisting hills are filled with forests and slopes, and among its many natural jewels are the Carpathians, an old mountain range with gorgeous sights, and the gem of Europe, the Danube River.
Romania has been the centre point for the paths of many peoples and cultures, and that, in turn, led to a cuisine that’s incredibly varied and influenced by centuries of cultural mixing, but it’s still a cuisine that has its own personal touch. Romanian cuisine offers many unique dishes that range from highly diverse soups to many meat-based meals, and one of the stars of the Romanian kitchen is their affinity for potent spirits, which are considered as some of the best alcoholic beverages – and they pack quite a punch.
A culture that’s an interesting mix between the Balkans and Northern Europe, Romanian culture is varied and extremely influenced by the conflicts that happened in its past. Highly influenced by its neighbours, but also quite notably its own unique culture, Romania is also the home of many legends, among which the most notable one is of Dracula. Supposedly a vampire, he was a ruthless warlord who enjoyed the grand display of power that afterwards led to his portrayal as a monster. However, Romanian culture is not defined by small parts of its history, and is a rather peaceful culture, with a very interesting leisurely aspect.
Romania’s cities may have a more down-to-earth feel in general, nicknamed the Little Paris. After a few decades of political and domestic turmoil, Bucharest was turned into a city that can easily rival the most popular and developed cities in Europe. There are many unique and dynamic cities, as well, and with access to the Black Sea there’s a unique difference between continental and coastal cities, but its many interesting cities like Brasov, Timisoara, or Constanta, all remain excellent cities that are well worth a visit.
Know Before You Go
Romania is one of the largest countries in Europe, and the popular tourist attractions are quite far apart. Bucharest is a fascinating place, but branching out to the rest of the country is a must. You'll find medieval old towns and colourful gems like Sighisoara and incredible Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture in places like Oradea. Along with breathtaking landscapes that change dramatically around every bend.
As Romania is still developing, it's a super cheap place to visit in contrast to other European giants. Food, accommodation and transport are all very affordable. So if you're on a budget and watch to stretch your time in one of the prettiest places in Europe. Romania is the one for you.
The capital of Bucharest is not actually close to any of the countries most alluring sites. Such as the many castles and coastal fortresses that are sure to be on your bucket list. So plan your time well to get the best of Romania's many offerings.
Romania's transport network is ideal. Trains and buses can connect you to most places across the entire country and they're very affordable. When planning a trip. the Autogari website is your best friend and will show you all the options. Alternatively, hire a car and Romania becomes your oyster. Getting out onto those windy roads is the best way to discover the mysteries of this enchanting corner of Eastern Europe.
Best Time To Visit Romania
For the best weather, travel Romania mid-May through to mid-September.
Spring and early autumn are the prettiest months by far among nature. The wildflowers bloom supreme in April and the lands are awash with golden hues in September. The summer heat has faded, and wandering through the charming streets of towns and villages is delightful.
If it's beaches you're after, a summer by the coast in August is a joy of long sunny days. Or if you're a ski bum, Romania opens up its winter playground in the Carpathian mountains in December.
What To Expect
Romania's diversity makes it an ideal destination for any traveller. Here are a few basics facts about this fanciful country.
Currency - The official currency in Romania is the Leu (RON). A lot of places display prices in Euros but you can't spend them.
Language - The official language is Romanian.
ATMs - ATM's are available in the cities and many places accept card transactions. You'll need cash for more remote areas.
Plugs & Sockets - Romania uses the Europlug, or Type C style plug with 2 round pins. As well as the Type F plug with 2 round pins and 2 Earth clips. The standard voltage is 230v and 50Hz frequency.
Safety - Romania is considered to be one of the safest places in Europe. Unless you count the fear of ghosts and urban legends.
Climate - Romania has a temperate-continental climate that enjoys all four distinct seasons.
Summers are hot, reaching highs of 29 degrees celsius. Autumn and spring are cool and dry making for the perfect time to travel.
Winters are overall cold with some heavy rain. Turning into snow in the alpine regions from December to mid-March.