There’s an indefinable something about Romania that enchants visitors. Despite the breathless pace of modernisation, the essence of Romania still lies in the old-world ethos of its countryside – unspoilt and thoroughly laid back. Stay in one of the traditional countryside Romania hotels or drive out of the city bustle and it feels like you’ve stepped back into another century, where horse-drawn carts lumber along decrepit rural roads. Green carpeted mountains, flocks of sheep and conical haystacks seem to materialise from the storybooks of your childhood.
If you’re bored with the highly organised mass tourism that is characteristic of Western European nations, you’ll enjoy Romania, which offers a more spontaneous, warm ethos.
A stunning variety of options await the unsuspecting holidaymaker in Romania. From the majestic, brooding beauty of the Carpathian Mountains, to the white, sandy beaches along the Black Sea, there’s much to see and do in Romania . The medieval towns of Transylvania are a tribute to Romania’s living heritage. Take one of our Romania tours or travel around the countryside and you will be awed by the painted frescoes in monasteries. The Danube Delta offers fishing and adventure for those so inclined. Vama Veche, Navodari and Mamaia, beaches along the Black Sea coast, are fun spots for summer concerts and beach parties. We offer Hotels in Bucharest as well as Bucharest Tours to ensure your stay in the capital is both comfortable and enjoyable! Our Hotels in Craiova will allow you to get out of the city to see the countryside of Romania!
Bucharest, Romania’s capital, was fondly nicknamed ‘Paris of the Balkans’. Bucharest offers some great attractions, excellent value Cheap Bucharest hotels, and has created for itself a sophisticated and trendy atmosphere that is quite typical of European capitals. You can also take some excellent tours in Bucharest to see the city and the surrounding countryside. However, it was the lesser known Sibiu, the medieval city in Transylvania that walked away with the honours when it was declared European Capital of Culture 2007.
“Vampire tourism” is a great draw in Romania. And why not? The creepy yet fascinating legend of Count Dracula is quite believable when you gaze upon Transylvania’s magic castles in their dense, broody environs and ancient Saxon towns like Sighisoara, where the ‘real’ Count (Vlad Tepes) is said to have acquired those famous teeth.
Both in culture and geography, Romania is blessed with great diversity and there is a lot to explore on a tour in Romania. The thickly forested Carpathian Mountains are dramatically beautiful, as is Europe’s largest wetland, the Danube Delta, and the 70 km (43 miles) of beach stretching along the Black Sea Coast. There is also a wide range of Romania hotel options, ranging from cheap hostels to more luxurious hotels in Romania to accommodate you during your stay. You can even use our interactive Romania map to choose your hotel in Romania based on its location.
Several health and winter resorts dot the lush valleys and forested mountain slopes. You can savour the varied aspects of Romania’s colourful, cultural tapestry by taking a Romania tour in the old-world Saxon towns of Transylvania (where Bran Castle, the famed home of Dracula is located), the idyllic rural charms of Maramures and Bucovina’s renowned Painted Monasteries.
Among the Balkan states, Romania is the largest, situated at Europe’s crossroads. Thanks to the legacy of its numerous conquerors – the Romans, Ottomans and Austro-Hungarians – Romanians often refer to themselves as ‘an island of Latinos’ in a ‘sea of Slavs’.
To the north and east of Romania lie Moldova and Ukraine. The southeast is bordered by the Black Sea, Bulgaria lies to the south, Serbia to the southwest and Hungary to the west. Romania has four geographical regions. Transylvania, a swathe of Alpine massifs and forests, and Moldavia form the northern part of the country. The Carpathians, running north to south, divide this region down the middle. The Danube plain (Walachia) lies to the south of the east-west Carpathian line. Bucharest, the capital, is located here. The river’s course defines the border with Bulgaria. The Black Sea lies along Romania’s coastline, with the port of Constanta and the Danube Delta located here. The area lying between the sea and river (after it changes direction northwards) is called Dobrudja (Dobrogea).
The Dacians – a Thracian tribe – settled in Romania from circa 200 BC. Several waves of conquests and migrations followed. The Roman Emperor Trajan annexed Dacia in 2 BC. The decline of the Roman Empire less than two hundred years later led to their abandoning the region. Romania literally fell off the map, with no known record of its history for several centuries, until the region reappeared during the medieval era as the Principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia.
Whether the purpose of your visit is education, adventure or simply enjoying the sights and sounds of a new country, Romania has plenty to delight you. Find a good Romania hotel, take an exciting tour in Romania and make the most of your Romania holiday!