Craiova, the biggest city located in the Oltenia Plain, has a natural charm. Stroll along the streets in the old part of the city, where, 200 years ago, merchants exposed their products like in a Byzantine market town. Admire the Renaissance-inspired boyar houses and the old churches, decorated with stained glass. For a moment of relaxation, enter in one of the cafes from Craiova’s old centre, or in the restaurants with menus for all tastes.
History and Culture
To admire important universal art collections, go to Craiova Art Museum. Nowhere else will you find a better description of the Oltenian way of life than at Casa Băniei museum complex. Madona Dudu Cathedral and St. Dumitru Church (Biserica Sfântul Dumitru) are just some of Craiova’s old religious places, so go see them.
By far one of Craiova’s jewels is Nicolae Romanescu National Park. The third largest natural park in Europe, it was built after French architect Edouard Redont’s plans and awarded the gold medal at Paris International Exhibition (1900). The park, built between 1901 and 1903, covers an area of 90 hectares where hundreds of rare tree species were acclimatized. The park includes a suspension bridge, a medieval castle, a hippodrome and a velodrome, while the main attraction still remains the 4 hectares lake.
Things to do
But Craiova is not only history and culture. Craiova is a city that radiates youth and energy. Here you can find many good restaurants with Romanian or international cuisine and high-standard hotels. Take a walk through the shops and participate in the traditional products fairs, held very often in the city centre.
Spend a special evening at Marin Sorescu National Theatre or attend one of the Oltenia Philharmonic’s performances.
Craiova’s surroundings are also nice to discover. The Danube River is only 90 kilometres to the south, while 73 km away you reach the touristic Cetate Cultural Port, which hosts the annual Film and Culinary Art Lovers Festival (Festivalul degustătorilor de film si artă culinară). You can also visit the Roman baths from Cioroiu Nou, 50 kilometres from Craiova, an archaeological site which dates back to the Roman rule period (106 – 271 AD).