When they think of Romania, most people think of Transylvania (and the legend of Dracula!). However, there is so much more to this fascinating country than its gothic horror. Take a local culture tour to experience the country’s vast forests, painted monasteries and medieval towns. We also recommend visiting the museums and galleries of Bucharest to get a taste of Romania’s beautiful art history.
“I did not realise what lay ahead when I agreed to go on this trip - it was wonderful to see the wonderful countryside, villages, towns and castles of Romania and to start to understand the complex history of this enchanted place”
When you think about Romania, chances are you immediately think of Transylvania and the mysterious Dracula. However, the country has so much more to offer its visitors than this legend. Romania is full of historic medieval towns, colourful streets, gorgeous castles, and Communist-era architecture. The country also offers beach resorts on the Black Sea and thermal spas among the Carpathian Mountains. If you’re looking for a charming destination steeped in rich history and fascinating culture, a holiday in Romania should sit at the top of your list.
Experience the magic and myth of Bran Castle
Visit the salt mines and underground cathedral of Salina Targu Ocna
Walk the colourful streets of Sibiu
Chase waterfalls in the Cindrel Mountains
Explore the halls of Peleș Castle
Drive the incredibly twisty roads of the Transfagarasan Highway
Climb the clock tower in Sighisoara for unparalleled views of the medieval town
If flying into Bucharest, the capital city, be aware that the top tourist sites of Transylvania are a couple of hours away. Romania is a very large country, so be sure to plan accordingly.
You can’t miss Covrigi, a traditional Romanian snack that is similar to a pretzel. Covered in seeds or filled with jam, they make the perfect inexpensive snack as you roam city streets.
Romanians are extremely friendly and enjoy interacting with travellers. English is spoken in large cities, but locals love any attempt to use Romanian. Some topics are still taboo in Romania, however, including homosexuality.
Taxis are inexpensive and a great way to travel around Romania. However, be careful of scam artists. Always make sure the taxi uses a meter, otherwise set an agreed price before travelling.
Take extra caution when travelling through Romanian nature, particularly if camping. A bear sighting is quite common around small towns, and the country features Europe’s largest population of wolves.
Romania has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Romania before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in the country , do check out our Romania Travel Guide for more information.