Count Dracula invites you to visit the medieval castles, to taste the greatest food, to enjoy the wild landscapes of the Carpathians, to relax on the wide beaches of the Black Sea and to see most of Europe’s aquatic fauna gathered in the Danube Delta. Dracula himself tells you: Welcome to Romania!
Prince Charles found his second home in Romania. What enchanted the heir to the throne of Great Britain? Nothing easier to answer: A country which welcomes its visitors with a natural unaltered charm, with traditions and legends and a rich cultural and historical heritage.
Romania opens its gates chained by the legendary Carpathians and old Danube and allows you to discover a refined mixture of Greek, Roman, Slavic, Byzantine and Ottoman influences. The country is not only abundant in historical and cultural attractions, but also rich in breathtaking natural beauties. The Carpathian Mountains shelter numerous glacial and volcanic lakes and a lot of thermal springs, as well as natural reservations endowed with a wild beauty. In the winter, Romania offers 115 kilometres of ski slopes in almost 40 resorts spread in the Carpathians. The paradise created by the Danube Delta is completed by the 194 kilometres of lively Romanian shore of the Black Sea. All of these landscapes tempt the visitors with a huge variety of outdoor adventures and activities, as well as with ways to sit back and relax.
The diversity and vast experiences that Romania offers can be best understood if we take a look at its six distinct regions, which, although similar at the core, have their own unique and exciting characteristics. To completely grasp the overall beauty of the country requires the travellers to acquaint themselves with each of these truly unparalleled and engaging regions.
Bucharest is the capital city of Romania, a modern metropolis bursting with life, history and culture. From valuable museums to modern clubs, from wide parks to imposing churches, Bucharest is a mixture of old and new, of architecture and nature, of vividness and relaxation. It is the biggest and most important city in Wallachia, the region in the southern part of the country. Packed with historical, natural and cultural attractions, this area is perfect for a short weekend break or an extended adventure, as it offers visitors many to see or do. Discover Wallachia’s heritage through its castles and monasteries, some of them included on the UNESCO World Heritage list. There is something for everyone here, from tourists seeking relaxation in the health spa resorts of Băile Olănești or Călimănești-Căciulata to adrenaline lovers who can try rafting, paragliding launches and other extreme sports in the surrounding mountains.
In the heart of the country, in Transylvania, you can discover the mystery of the medieval castles which inspired Jules Verne and Bram Stoker in their writings. No matter if you head to the more touristic Bran Castle, related to the legend of Count Dracula, and Peleş Castle, the summer residence of King Ferdinand, or to the more ancient Dacian fortresses, it will be worth all the while. This year round destination offers something for everyone. During the spring, the rural tourism in the Rucăr-Bran area, a corridor crossing the Bucegi Mountains, provides you with the opportunity to enjoy the landscapes’ beauty. In this land of Count Dracula, the more active travellers can enjoy horseback riding lessons and, depending on the season, practice different mountain sports in the vivid mountain resorts from the Prahova Valley. Not only skiing and climbing take you to the heights of the mountains, but also the legendary roads in the Carpathians, Transfăgărăşan and Transalpina. Autumn is reserved for discovering the mysteries hidden on the streets of the main medieval Romanian cities. Brașov, Sibiu, European Cultural Capital in 2007, and Sighişoara, a town which seems depicted from a medieval painting, remind you of the ancient times, traditions and customs.
Maramureș is the region synonymous with traditions and customs. The long tradition of hospitality in the area, the everlasting customs or the ethno-folkloric festivals and the charming sights are just a few of the reasons why this region keeps attracting an increasing number of tourists every year. Accommodate in an agro-touristic pension and let your hosts pamper you with excellent Romanian food, then go on and burn the calories hiking or skiing in Rodnei Mountains. Let yourself be taken aback by the impressive wooden churches and by the intriguing Merry Cemetery of Săpânța.
Moldavia is one of the most beautiful and also visited regions in the country, and there are many sights and attractions to justify its reputation. The painted monasteries of Bucovina, art masterpieces and architectural landmarks for the Romanian culture, are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The historic cities of Iaşi, Suceava and Piatra Neamţ house important museums, fortresses and historical buildings, proof of the country’s glorious past. But not only does the cultural, historical and religious frame attract tourists here, it is also the diversity and abundance of opportunities for activities. Venture on the trails of Ceahlău Massif and raft on the quick rivers that swirl along the Bicaz Gorges; head to Vatra Dornei to relax in this beautiful spa which transforms, during the cold season, in a wonderful ski resort. And if you want to always remember this area, try a portion of the local tochitură moldovenească!
Burning sun, 194km of stunning coastline with golden sandy beaches and clear blue waters, endless vineyards and a rich Greek and Byzantine heritage, all can be found in Dobrogea, Romania’s south-eastern region. The smooth, sandy beaches are like a magnet in the summertime, attracting guests to the Romanian seaside. Mamaia, Costineşti and Vama-Veche are the top destinations, being the region’s entertainment centres. The northern part of the region is covered by the exotic wetlands of the Danube Delta, a place of amazing natural beauties housing unique flora and fauna.
Banat and Crișana region, in the west of Romania, is the playground for the adventurous, as the nearby Apuseni Mountains offer the most challenging natural sceneries, perfect for mountain sports. From motocross to cyclotourism and from caving to mountain climbing, these mountains are like a magnet drawing excitement seekers from all over the world. But there are many opportunities here for less venturesome travellers, who can choose to visit the elegant cities of Timișoara, Arad or Oradea, or to relax in Băile Herculane, once the most luxurious spa resort of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Regardless of the destination, Romania welcomes you with up to five-star hotels, agro-touristic pensions, luxury restaurants with traditional and international cuisine, as well as an exciting night life. The unique natural gift of Romania is completed by a variety of sights, all being found on a land which burns with beauty and energy, ready to share it with its fortunate visitors.
Come and visit our beautiful country!