WELCOME TO ROMANIA: A BRILLIANT DESTINATION !
Romania is not just another “spot on Mother Earth”.
It is a subtle fascinating lifestyle, elegant and sparkling as champagne that spells “celebration”.
Romania is an unique mix of contrasts impossible to describe in words.
A love-affair that has long attracted travelers with its apart charm.
It commands an amazing array of scenic grandeur landscapes.
Its astonishing regional diversity features from vast fields, deltas and sea to rivers, hills, lakes and high mountains.
An idyllic nature with endless forests covers over a quarter of its territory and shelter a huge diversity of wildlife.
One of top 50 most ecological countries, it features the most virgin environments, the cleanest waters and the largest biodiversity.
The cultural legacy of this exceptionally-blessed country will leave you gasping for breath.
Its exciting past left as testimonies not only legends and famous people but also countless treasures from architecture to customs.
Countless castles and fortresses, Orthodox, Gothic and Lutheran cathedrals, dazzling monuments, historic cities of such intimate charm and extraordinary beauty…
Plus a rich musical heritage with dances and folklore reminiscent of the old world.
Made up of quaint towns connected by stunning scenery, charming Romania is home to some of the most beautiful castles in the world: Peles Castle and Bran Castle in Transylvania.
No wonder Romania is the N° 1 “heavenly beautiful” destination in Europe !
Hall of fameRomania’s hall of fame includes leaders like King Decebal and Emperor Traian, King Michael I of Romania and communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.
Great Romanian minds are renowned in varied fields from music, sculpture and picture to prose, poetry or sport.
The biennial International Classic Music Festival held in Bucharest – “Salzburg little brother” – took its name from George Enescu composer.
First female gymnast awarded a perfect 10 score at the Olympics is Nadia Comaneci.
Tennisman Ilie Nastase, ballerina Alina Cojocaru and soprano Angela Gheorghiu are other famous contemporary Romanians.
With getaway spots around all 3 provinces of the country:
– Walachia – the land of alternating fields of deep green wheat and vibrant yellow rape,
– Transylvania – the land of legends whispered in front of the fireplace and
– Moldavia – the land of crystal clear golden wine, buffaloes and Byzantine painted churches
you have the chance to get knowing no less than 34 out of 40 counties.
Plus the well known capital – Bucharest, once called Little Paris.
Itineraries cover both famous regions of this mysterious country (shaped as a yummy fish swimming from Black Sea) like:
– Carpathian Mountains,
– Black Sea coast,
– Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation,
– Maramures or
and less explored ones such as Iron Gates, Olt Valley or Crisana.
A spa wellness prescribed by natureThe mere thought of a spa makes you instantly lean back and exhale.
So here it is that gentle nudge of a reminder.
Linger in Romania’s most appealing destinations that boast fantastic spas and singular experiences.
An unique natural heritage twice as complex as that of Czech Republic or Hungary blesses Romania. It includes:
– Carpathian Mountains’ pure air
– 3000 mineral-rich thermal springs
– salt mines and
– Techirghiol Lake’s black gittja mud.
Renowned spa country since Roman times, Romania has a tradition for beauty. It is famous especially for mud baths and Gerovital cure pioneered by Professor Ana Aslan.
She personally treated Charles de Gaulle, Marlene Dietrich and Jackie Kennedy Onassis to only name a few.
Nowadays you can find Romania’s top quality wellness professionals not only here but worldwide.
There are lots of packages to choose from – for gentlemen, ladies and couples.
Each of them is an ideal way to treat yourself or someone dearest to you to a delightful experience.
Consummate Romanian hospitality will welcome you. They will treat you to the ultimate in relaxation.
Great music and sounds of nature: wind blowing gently through the trees, a cascade, waves…
The finest incenses and aromatic oils compliment the beautiful local decorations.
For your discerning buds, they especially selected tasty herbal teas.
The healing touch of highly-qualified staff infuses you with positive energy.
And they custom make the entire concept for each guest.
The pleasant excitement of all your senses make you leave these relaxation oases really floating.
Wine ~ symbol of happiness. Until Burebista !Ancient Greeks mention viticulture as traditional activity for people living north of Danube River, now Romania.
They also mentioned their wines as the most famous ones.
For Romanians’ ancestors, Getae-Dacians, wine was the symbol of happiness.
They sprinkled it on their clothes to attract good things to them.
Both men and women enjoyed it unmixed with water, from bull horns or clay pots.
In fact their passion for wine had became so great that King Burebista ordered the rooting out of the vineyards.
Thousands of years later, Romanians still have wine in their blood and wineries swarm the country.
Ranked 6th in Europe as wine production, Romania is immediately under countries like France, Italy, Spain, Germany and Portugal.
And the local wines are receiving medals after medals at international competitions.
Bacchus’ favorites, from Romania
Among the most sought-after varieties of this home of Bacchus, there are:
* some old traditional ones nearly extincted during the Iron Curtain (like Cramposia) and the red Feteasca Neagra or
* the easily selling Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines.
Cultivated on the Moldavian hills since ancient times, red Feteasca Neagra is very rare outside this country.
A bit rustic, it has some richness in it, being an unmistakable jewel on the shield of Romanian wine making.
Francis Ford Coppola became acquainted with Romanian wines after almost a year spent here with his wife Eleanor.
(She accompanies him on nearly every movie location, making documentaries about his films.)
Coppola called Feteasca Neagra a star red grape of Romania, comparing it with NegroAmaro, the grape from southern Italy.
Still wondering what makes Romania a dream destination for wine lovers ?
First, the internationally awarded wines with still more than affordable prices.
Then the centuries-old castles and mansions brought back to life by vineyards and of course the natural landscapes.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GOOne of the world’s most inciting and picturesque travel destinations, Romania is among the less expensive countries in Europe.
We strongly recommend that you check your government’s travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination:
– safety and security,
– entry requirements,
– local laws and customs.
For Romania you might find it useful to check the Travel Advice page of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania.
SafetyThis is an incredibly safe country if you keep your nose clean.
Romania’s rate of delinquency is almost 5 times smaller than the average of European Union states.
And it is the same with that from Greece, Cyprus, Malta or Portugal.
Romania’s strengths are the peace, security and protection of surrounding environment.
VaccinationsNo immunizations, vaccinations or unusual health precautions are necessary before visiting Romania.
For further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice please consult your local healthcare provider.
PoliticsSince 1991 Romania is a democratic Republic with a bicameral Parliament.
Since 2014, Klaus Iohannis is the President of Romania.
The national flag is tricolor: red, yellow and blue.
Summer (DST): UTC+3 (EEST)
WeatherRomania is an year-round destination with temperate continental climate.
Due to its incredible variety of relief forms concentrated on a relatively small area it has a moody weather.
Generally summers are very warm to hot and winters are quite cold.
In spring and autumn there are important differences of temperature between night and day.
Differences between morning and noon temperatures can reach 10-15 Celsius degrees.
Warm season spreads between April and September, the cold season lasting from October to March.
In April, visiting Bucharest, Constanta and Brasov, there are great chances to experience 4 seasons in less than 1 week.
And in July and August if going on top of Carpathian Mountains you can still find some snow.
Dress codeTo embrace your tour to the fullest, here are some useful information.
No matter the season of your visit, put in your luggage rain clothes.
Take thin clothes if you come here in the summer, on the coast and / or in the lowland.
Pack warmer clothes for visits during the winter and / or in the upland.
You should bring:
– thermal underwear,
– thick socks,
– a sweater / warm fleece,
– good windproof / rainproof (well insulated) jacket and pair of trousers (ski jacket and trousers),
– woolly hat / balaclava,
You can wear smart-comfortable-casual dress (whatever that means to you) in most occasions.
Your attire should include: t-shirts / polos, jeans / loose fitting trousers and comfortable shoes.
Look your best but keep in mind that suits, ties and heels won’t work that well !
If going to a venue that requires formal dress you can wear a suit and tie or the women’s equivalent.
Remember to also take your own necessities: sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, medical supplies, etc.
Spoken languagesRomanian is a Latin origin language.
That’s why Romanians can quite easily understand Italian, Spanish, French and even Portuguese.
Besides Romanian, they widely speak English, French, German and Hungarian.
EtiquetteRomanians appreciate the customary courtesies.
The most common form of greeting is handshaking.
Between persons that just meet each other it is respectful to use Mrs. or Mr. when using their names.
Wonderful hospitable people with an innate sense of humor, Romanians are open, spontaneous and great tellers.
So don’t consider an impoliteness if they directly tackle subjects about Romania’s politics, history, a person’s age, income, religion etc.
But always remember to give diplomatic answers.
By the way, most of Romanians are Orthodox Christians (~ 86%) and Romania Roman-Catholics (~ 4%).
CurrencyThe national currency is the “leu” (lion), the plural “lei” (RON = Romanian New Leu).
Romania is not using Euro yet.
In important towns there are plenty of ATMs and major credit cards (especially Visa and MasterCard) are accepted.
When traveling to remote areas, small towns or villages, it is wisely to carry Romanian currency in cash.
Passports ~ VisasFor traveling to Romania you will need a valid ID card (EU citizens only) or passport.
You are solely responsible for obtaining a passport or any other required documentation.
For the latest visa requirements kindly check with the appropriate consulate or embassy.
You can also check the Romanian Visa & Consular Affairs and Travel Info sections on www.mae.ro.
Air arrangementsRomania is easily accessible by plane from almost any European capital.
You can choose any of the 8 Romania’s international airports to start / end your tour.
You are solely responsible for correctly booking the arrival and departure flights and fully informing us about your flights details.
- Bacau – Bacau George Enescu International Airport – BCM
- Baia Mare – Baia Mare International Airport – BAY
- Cluj-Napoca – Cluj Avram Iancu International Airport – CLJ
- Constanta – Constanta Mihail Kogalniceanu International Airport – CND
- Sibiu – Sibiu International Airport – SBZ
- Timisoara – Timisoara Traian Vuia International Airport – TSR
Search for best direct flights to Romania’s airports
Please do not hesitate to contact us for more certified (private) airports and heliports in Romania.
Informative entrance fees
15-20 Euro / day / guest
Best of Romania
- Top hotels in Romania
- Top restaurants in Romania
- Wallachia highlights
- Arges County highlights
- Expensive black amber
- Welcome to Bucharest !
- Taking a stroll on Victory Avenue
- Bucharest old city
- Drive around Parliament Palace
- Bucharest Railway Station that should not have existed
- Bucharest neighborhoods
- Romanian Athenaeum
- Stavropoleus Church
- Best reasons to visit Craiova
- Prahova Valley highlights
- Seven Ladders Canyon
- Bucegi Natural Park
- Peles Castle
- Pelisor Castle
- Tulcea County
- Danube’s Big Boilers
- Transylvania highlights
- Moldavia highlights
- Palace of Culture
- Tihuta Pass
- Romanian winter holiday
- Jewish heritage in Romania
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