4 Reasons to visit Romania
There are many reasons why you should visit Romania, but we’ll stick to 4, leaving some for you to discover when you get here :).
What Springs to Your Mind When You Think of Romania?
If it’s Transylvania and Count Dracula, then you’re not alone.However, there is so much more to this stunning country than the mistaken belief that the land lives in the shadow of evil. Even though that was just a fictional tale by the Irish writer, Bram Stoker, you’d be amazed at how many people still feel a little uneasy about the idea of travelling to Romania.
That is unless you are Prince Charles or a survival expert like Joe Teti, Cody Lundin, Ed Stafford or Bear Grylls. The Prince of Wales fell in love with the lands and decided to own property in Transylvania, while the noted explorers discovered the wild and unspoiled nature of the country and arranged the shooting of a few survival episodes in the heart of the Carpathian Mountains.
The fact that many have a misconception of what Romania is like, actually makes it the ideal holiday location. There are fewer crowds to fight through when visiting the many astonishing places there are across the country.
Still not convinced? Let’s look at 4 good reasons why you should visit Romania on your next adventure-filled break.
1. Awe-Inspiring World Heritage Sites
If awe-inspiring World Heritage sites are your thing when you visit a new country, you will love Romania. The country boasts no less than 8 World Heritage Sites as designated by UNESCO. Given its fictional history as home to the infamous bloodsucker, it’s not surprising perhaps that many of the main attractions include churches; whether it’s Moldavia’s painted churches, the Wooden Churches in Maramures or Transylvania’s authentic Saxon villages with fully fortified churches.
Besides the religious sites of great importance and value, there are also the Primeval Beech Forests located in the Carpathians and the Danube Delta’s unique ecosystem, astonishing natural wonders in their own right.
2. A Hiker’s Paradise
While we’re on the subject of the glorious Carpathian Mountains, it’s worth pointing out that there is no better way to experience them than by foot on a good old-fashioned hike.
There are plenty of alternatives to choose from, no matter what your skill level is, as there are easier and less strenuous hikes just as there are more advanced and adventurous options.
So make sure you include a hike in the mountains while in Romania to admire from close the unique views, wild nature, lakes and caves, the country has to offer.
3. Wild Wild … East
Along with beautiful scenery at every turn, particularly when you head out of the main cities and towns, there is one other big and natural draw to Romania – the wildlife. Notably, the country has the biggest population of mighty brown bear in all of Europe. With a large number of dense forests, there are plenty of badgers, chamois, deer, wolves, and even lynx to try and spot.
We say spot, because even if you do happen to see any of these ferocious beasts (okay badgers aren’t exactly ferocious…unless you upset them, but you get the point), you won’t want to get too close.
If animals of the winged variety are more your thing, then the Danube Delta is where you need to go, though the bison reserves should not be missed by anyone, because bisons are a pure joy to see in the wild and there are plenty right here in Romania.
4. Ancient Traditions and Customs to Fill an Entire Year!
Romania is truly a land of myths and legends, and mind you, Dracula isn’t among them!
From rain invoking rituals (paparude) to spring tokens (martisor) for good luck and health, Romanians are deeply attached to their traditions and they make sure to pass them on from generation to generation. Folk festivals and fairs are spread throughout the year, celebrating life cycles or the succession of seasons.
Don’t miss the chance to take part in such an event on your next visit to Romania. It is but another way to discover and understand the country’s culture and philosophy of life.
Looking for More Reasons to Visit Romania?
Hopefully, these travel “incentives” have helped you in making the decision to visit Romania sooner rather than later.Whether you usually plan your own trips, or work with a destination travel designer, planning a trip to Romania can seem daunting at times.
At Romania Private Tours, our specialty is crafting bespoke tours for travellers seeking unique, authentic experiences.If you are interested in planning your trip with us, please feel free to send us an enquiry.
by Cezarina Pomojnicu