The gateway to Transylvania is Brasov, whose medieval old town is a good introduction to the Saxon architecture of the region.
The area of Transylvania reaches its peak in the fortified towns of Sibiu and Sighisoara, Romania´s most middle age like town and the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, Romania´s most famous historical figure, also known as Vlad Tepes or, more familiarly, as Dracula. Further north and west, the great Magyar cities of Targu Mures, Cluj and Oradea have retained a wealth of medieval churches and streets, as well as impressive Baroque and Secession edifices. To the southwest of the country, near the border with Serbia, is Timisoara, source of the 1989 Revolution and a fine place to spend a few days.
Major cities: Brasov, Sibiu, Alba Iulia, Hunedoara, Cluj-Napoca
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Settled in the northwestern corner of Moldavia, Bucovina is a fairytale land. The scenery is wonderful, with misty valleys and rivers spilling down from rocky shoulders, heaving up a cloak of beech and fir. The best time of the year to admire the woods are May and October.
On the hills of Bucovina you will find its Painted Monasteries, an UNESCO heritage site, whose specimens of religious art are amongst some of the most outstanding in Europe. Probably the best of these are to be found at Voronet, Sucevita and Moldovita.
In Bucovina people are so warm and welcoming. Spending at least one night in one of the many charming guesthouses is a must-do in Bucovina.
Major cities: Suceava, Gura Humorului
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The Danube Delta is a place set apart from the rest of the country, where life has hardly changed for centuries and where boats are the only way to reach many of the settlements. During spring and autumn, thousands of species of birds from all over the world, travel through this area in their great migration, or come to breed.
Near Tulcea, the river Danube splits into three branches, dividing the Delta into more than 4000 square kilometres of reeds and mars.
One of the highlights of the Delta is the fresh fish. All over the Delta, meals consist of the day’s haul: carp, pike or catfish, usually served with juicy tomatoes from local gardens.
Major cities: Tulcea, Sulina, Sfântu Gheorghe
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With its largely featureless scenery, great rivers, historical sites and intermingled ethnic groups, the Banat has much in common with its neighbours, Hungary’s Great Plain and Serbia’s Vojvodina region.
Key attractions are the cities of Oradea, Arad and Timisoara. Timisoara in particular is hugely enjoyable, and the city not to miss should you have to choose just one in the region. It is the birthplace of the 1989 revolution and a vibrant and engaging city, characterized by colourful squares, green and lively nightlife.
There are also rural temptations aplenty, such as the western ranges of the Apuseni Mountains, with their stalactite caves and wooden churches and the spas at Baile Herculane and Baile Felix.
Major cities: Timișoara, Oradea, Arad
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The northern region of Maramures, bordering the Ukraine, retains an almost medieval-like feel, with its villages renowned for their fabulous wooden churches.
The highlight of Maramures is its villages, with the superb wooden houses and traditional way of life. Every family occupies a compound with its livestock, fenced with timber and entered via a beamed gateway, the size of which indicates the family’s status and prosperity.
It’s particularly worth seeing in Maramures the towering wooden church at Surdesti, the church paintings at Barsana, Rogoz and Desesti, the frescoes and icons of Calinesti and Budesti, the superb prison museum in Sighet and the quirky Merry Cemetery at Sapanta.
Major cities: Satu Mare, Baia Mare, Sighetu Marmației
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The history of Moldavia is tightly bounded to its main city, Iasi. Iasi is the capital city of Moldavia and one of the country’s most appealing destinations, with numerous churches and monasteries retained from its heyday as the Moldavian capital, and a strong cultural scene.
The countryside of Moldavia looks fantastic, with picturesque villages dwarfed by the flanks of the Carpathians. Just over halfway to Suceava, Neamt county’s main towns are Piatra Neamt and Targu Neamt which serve as bases for Moldavia’s historic convents, Neamt, Agapia and Varatec and the weirdly shaped Ceahlau massif, whose magnificent views make one of Romania’s most dramatic hiking spots.
Major cities: Iasi, Suceava, Neamt
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The southern part of Romania, known as well as Wallachia or Tara Romaneasca is mainly comprised of flat and featureless agricultural land, interspersed with grimy industrial centers, though it is home to the nation’s capital, Bucharest.
The most rewarding part of Wallachia is its western half, known as Oltenia. Here, the foothills of the Carpathians are largely scenic and unspoiled, with very interesting towns, such as Curtea de Arges, north of which is Poienari Castle.
The most worthwhile of the three major towns surrounding Bucharest is Targoviste, the old capital of Wallachia.
Major cities: Bucharest, Targoviste, Craiova, Targu Jiu
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To the south, Romania’s Black Sea coast is blessed with abundant sunshine, warm water and sandy beaches. There are several sea side famous resorts, like: Mamaia, Venus, Neptun, Vama Veche or 2 Mai. For a drop of culture amid all this sea and sand, the port city of Constanta offers a splendid array of museums and historical riches, particularly throughout its atmospheric old quarter.
Mamaia, 6 km from Constanta, is Romania’s best-known coastal resort and the place where the majority of package tourists end up.
Tulcea, the main port city at the Danube has been tagged the „Treshold of the Delta” ever since ancient Greek traders established a port here. Nowadays, the largely systematized town center has enough attractions to fill a few hours. Moreover, there’s plenty of accommodation here, should you wish to stay before heading on to the Delta.
Major cities: Constanta, Tulcea
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