Romania is a country located north of the Balkan Peninsula on the western shores of the Black Sea.
Romania is a country of vast contrasts, from the bustling capital of Bucharest with its Parliament Palace, Museums and majestic buildings, to the mountain resorts where in the winter you can ski and in the summer visit the many famous monasteries and painted churches.
Romania's diversity, The rich, cultural heritage, the important contribution of various ethnic groups across it, the varied landscape, as well as its people are just a few of the things that attract foreign visitors.
Romania is a nation very rich in lifestyles and customs that have long vanished in other places around the world. It is a refreshing place to visit, as you will experience something new in your journey back in time.
Bucharest, Romania’s capital and most important city, is not only a major sight, but also a starting point for your trips across the country.
Known in the past as "The Little Paris," Bucharest has changed a lot lately, and today it has become a very interesting mix of old and new that has little to do with its initial reputation
Castles & Palaces
Romania's numerous castles perhaps best illustrate the country's medieval heritage. Many castles and fortresses in Romania feature unique architectural elements and styles that reflect local traditions, customs and purpose. While castles built from the 14th to the 18th Centuries are strong and austere fortresses built mainly for defense against invaders, those erected beginning in the late 1800s are imposing and luxurious.
The Danube Delta
The Danube Delta is a 2,100 sq miles wildlife reserve, home to 160 kinds of fish and 300 species of birds. It is the second largest delta in Europe and the best preserved. It is a designated UNESCO heritage site.
Romania’s ski slopes attract skiers and snowboarders of all levels, from novices to pros. The highest ski point in the county has an altitude of 2011 metres. There are 28 ski resorts, the most popular of which are in Transylvania: Poiana Brasov, Sinaia, Predeal, and Paltinis.
The Carpathian Mountains
Unlike some other mountains in Europe, the Carpathians have many spots where men still didn't reach. Or meadows where only shepherds with a flock of ships wander around all summer.
The coast of the Black Sea
Black Sea is situated near the eastern part of Romania. The first beach was inaugurated in 1906 and it measures 8 kilometers long and 250 meters wide. At Black Sea you can have refreshing baths in its salt waters, go parasailing or have a ride with the Jet Ski. A lot of tourists are attracted by the beautiful salty water and entertainment options on Black Sea`s beaches.
The Blue Lake
The Blue Lake is unique in the world because its color changes according to the light. It only measures 4 meters depth but from a shore to another you have to swim 50 meters. This lake was formed naturally by the fall of a mining gallery where the rainwater gathered later. A lake with a property that you will not find the world was formed by an accident. If you want to visit The Blue Lake you can accommodate in a rustic guest house.
The Bear Cave
The Bear Cave was found in 1975 and it is now one of the most visited caves in Romania. The name of the cave comes from the fact that there were found bears' fossils of about 140 bears, which were all buried alive by a large piece of rock fallen over the entrance of the cave
The Romanian's Orthodox Monasteries and beautiful Churches created in 15th - 16th Century, are treasures as architectural style, and they have very special mural paintings.
Romanian Wine Regions
Given the strong Southern European influence in Romania's past, it is no surprise that wine has played a significant part in Romanian culture at various points. It remains the favorite of the nation's alcoholic beverages, despite thriving local beer and plum brandy (Tuica) industries. Due to its local soil and climate Romania attracted countries such as France, Germany, and Italy to invest in vineyards since the 19C. Because of this you will find a variety of different vines, such as Pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
Fortified Saxon Churches of Transylvania
With its more than 150 well preserved fortified churches of a great variety of architectural styles (out of an original 300 fortified churches), south-eastern Transylvania region in Romania currently has one of the highest numbers of existing fortified churches from the 13th to 16th centuries. A group of six Saxon and one Székely villages is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site:
Wooden Churches of Maramures
The region is famous for the large number of well preserved wooden Churches. Estimated number of wooden churches build before 1850 is 94.
The Wooden churches of Maramures can be divided into two groups: The "medieval" wooden church and the "morosan" wooden church.
Language: Romanian (official) 91%, Hungarian 6.7%, Romany (Gypsy) 1.1%, other 1.2%
Currency: Romanian New Leu
Religion: Romania is a secular state, and it has no state religion. However, an overwhelming majority of the country's citizens are Christian. 85,9% of the country's population identified as Eastern Orthodox
Climate: temperate; cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow and fog; sunny summers with frequent showers and thunderstorms