Top Five Things to Do in Romania

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Among the rising travel destinations of the world, Romania is getting more and more attention every day, with much more than just negative facts. The true beauty and authenticity of Romania, its wild and pristine natural environment, the rich cultural heritage and many more advantages are drawing more travelers than ever. While there are countless places to see and things to do in Romania, there are also the most interesting highlights that any visitor should not miss on a visit to the country.

1. Hike in the Carpathian Mountains

The Carpathian Mountains that stretch their ridges across Romania are considered one of the last natural sanctuaries of Europe, with some of the last wildlife habitats for wild game, including wolfs and bears. Beyond this, exceptionally beautiful landscapes can be found everywhere, with tall peaks, canyons and caves, glacial lakes and hiking trails that link them together.

Ciucaș Mountains, Romania

Ciucaș Mountains, Romania.  Photo: Petr Vodička

View of the Baiului Mountains, Eastern Carpathians, Romania.

View of the Baiului Mountains, Eastern Carpathians, Romania.

2. Explore the Enchanting Danube Delta

The Danube Delta is located in the eastern side of Romania, where the great river runs into the Black Sea, being considered the newest land of Europe and one of the most important Biosphere Reserves. The delta conserves amazing natural environments, a web of canals with thousands of species of birds and other wildlife, a heaven for those that love evading from daily life.

Danube at the narrowest point of the Iron Gates, seen from the Serbian side.

Danube at the narrowest point of the Iron Gates, seen from the Serbian side.

3. Live the Authentic Rural Atmosphere

If you want to discover the atmosphere from centuries ago, fascinating places where times seems to stand still, the authentic villages of Romania are perfect. From the wooden houses spread over green hills and valleys to the charming fortified churches, from the traditional costumes that people dress for holidays to the famous hospitality of the peasants, a vacation in a Romanian village might be the best experience ever.

Mountain meadows in the vicinity of Bocicoel in Maramureş Mountains (Inner Eastern Carpathians) in north of Rumania.

Mountain meadows in the vicinity of Bocicoel in Maramureş Mountains (Inner Eastern Carpathians) in north of Rumania. Photo: Wikipedia / joadl / Cc-by-sa-3.0-at

Countyside landscape, Pria village, Sălaj County, Romania.  Photo: Nicu Farcas

Countyside landscape, Pria village, Sălaj County, Romania. Photo: Nicu Farcas

4. Discover Little Paris of the East

The charming capital of Romania, Bucharest, might have some disadvantages, but it also preserves many exceptional landmarks and an extremely lively cultural atmosphere, beyond just being a destination for cheap beer. From the famous House of the Parliament to the idyllic Village Museum and from the increasingly popular Old Town to the shopping streets or the party locations, Bucharest is a true European capital.

Pasajul Macca-Vilacrosse, Bucharest, Romania.  Photo: Daniel Wabyick.

Pasajul Macca-Vilacrosse, Bucharest, Romania. Photo: Daniel Wabyick.

5. Find peace in the orthodox monasteries

Romania is also known for its religious environments, a deeply orthodox country, with countless wonderful monasteries and churches that also make for great places to visit and find peace. Centuries old an guarding inestimable paintings and artifacts, with exquisite architecture and magnificent locations, some of these monasteries are among the best that Romania has to offer.

Pestera Monastery, Romania

Pestera Monastery, Romania.

Voronet Monastery, Romania

Voronet Monastery, Romania

Map showing the location of Romania (orange-red) in relation to the rest of the Europe and the world (inset map).  Map: David Liuzzo.

Map showing the location of Romania (orange-red) in relation to the rest of the Europe and the world (inset map). Map: David Liuzzo.