Think Romania and in all probability dreary, mental images arise of a typical, communist nation – grey, grim and, quite simply, boring. But communism’s rigid control over Romania’s political, academic and cultural life is now a thing of the past. In the last decade, the country’s rich, ethnic culture has revived and flowered in the new spirit of freedom.
Great places to visit and things to see and do in Romania include:
Romania, the largest of the Balkan states, sits at Europe’s crossroads and is an ancient land that has witnessed the rule of the Romans, the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires. Its unique historical legacy is one reason why Romanian citizens often refer to themselves as ‘an island of Latinos’ in a ‘sea of Slavs’. It’s impossible not to be charmed by Romania, with a culture so different from other European destinations.
Transylvania is a destination rich in history, with beautiful scenery, ancient traditions, quaint villages and enchanting castles. Widely known as the home of Vlad the Impaler, or Dracula, travellers will be delighted with the adorable medieval towns of Brasov and Sighisoara, surrounded by the soaring Carpathian Mountains and the charming Transylvania hotels offering hospitable accommodation in stunning natural scenery.
Transylvania enjoys a continental climate. It does not get very high rainfall (about 500-800 mm); the summers are hot and the winters are cold. Average temperatures in Transylvania range from 20 °C (68F) in July to 10 °C (50 °F) in April and October, and -2 °C (28 °F) in January. Tourists usually visit Transylvania between May and October, except for those interested in winter sports. Find out the current temperature in Transylvania with our six-day Transylvania weather forecast below.
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Transylvanians are connoisseurs of food and if you are a foodie, you are bound to enjoy Transylvanian cuisine. Their meals always end with a lovely dessert, chosen from a list of extraordinary cakes. If you were to understand what a Transylvanian typically likes to eat, you would need to think of the taste of bread, eaten hot from the oven, with a piece of smoked lard or bacon and an onion, washed down later with a glass of palinca (a fruit brandy generally made from prunes).