Holidays to enchanting Romania

Holidays in Romania allow imaginations to run wild. Although you might initially think that Romania is all about vampires, you’d be about as far from the truth as Bram Stoker. Yes, you can visit the central region of Transylvania; and yes, Bran Castle does have something of a Gothic vibe going on but that’s just the tip of the overall attraction.

Head to rural Maramures, within the northeastern foothills of the Carpathians, and it’s like you’ve stepped back in time. This is where horse pulled carts still clip clop over cobbled streets and undulating hillsides are pitted with towering wooden churches and medieval villages. Explore down south and you’ll find the capital city, Bucharest, alive with food courts, national monuments and the centrally located Centru Vechi (Old Town).

From romantic cruises on the Danube and Brasov’s Saxon heritage to traditional taverns serving bowls of meatball soup – if you’re hoping to discover Dracula while on holiday in Romania, here’s where your imagination begins to run wild.

The capital of Romania is also one of the country’s major highlights with expansive boulevards and narrow cobbled alleyways providing ample excuses to explore on foot. Take a quick stroll and you’ll discover street food stalls selling covrigi (seed covered pretzels) and gogosi (doughnuts) while the elegant architecture along Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) calls to travellers seeking the grand gates of the Cantacuzino Palace and cosmopolitan café culture.

Situated alongside the banks of the Tarnava Mare River, the ancient city of Sighisoara has become one of Transylvania’s UNESCO World Heritage highlights. This is where you can lose yourself in Romania’s swirling myths and legends as you visit Saxon villages, like Viscri, on the outskirts, before strolling under covered stairways and around characterful cobbled streets. Guided tours of Sighisoara unveil the city’s turbulent past as well as wine tasting sessions and live folklore performances.

Surrounded by the swooping foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, the Saxon city of Brasov has long been a highlight for anyone on holiday in Romania. The preserved medieval Old Town is simply charming with the Council Square, situated right at the centre of the city, alive with market stalls, museums and historical monuments, including the 15th century Gothic-style Black Church. Peles Castle, Bran Castle and the Libearty Bear Sanctuary are all easily accessible day trips from Brasov.

The flight time from the UK to Romania usually takes about 3 hours.

UK citizens don’t require a visa to visit Romania unless they’re staying longer than 3 months. Go to GOV.UK for more information regarding entry requirements to Romania or, alternatively, visit CIBT visas for more information.

Romania has quite a mild year-round climate although summers can get hot in the south of the country. Conversely, winters will find snow in the rural north and the upper slopes of the Carpathian Mountains from November through to April. The Black Sea breeze tends to cool things down in summer although it’s still hot during July and August. Best time to visit is during the spring and autumn.

Romania is a couple of hours ahead of GMT.

Romanian is the country’s official language although German, Hungarian and English are also widely spoken, especially in tourist towns and Black Sea resorts.

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