Romania, an all-season destination

Romania is an European country situated in the Eastern part of the continet, on the western shores of the Black Sea. Since 2007 it is part of the European Union.

Romania enjoys great natural beauty and diversity and a rich cultural heritage. With its secular traditions and crafts, scenic mountain landscapes, old history and culture, an effervescent arts scene and a mouth-watering cuisine Romania is an all-season destination that will make your trip an authentic experience.

Romania location on the map

Things for which Romania is famous include: the Carpathian mountains, sculptor Constantin Brancusi, wine, salt mines, George Enescu, medieval fortresses, Eugene Ionesco, “Dacia” cars, Dracula, Nadia Comaneci, primeval dense forests, the Black Sea, Gheorghe Hagi, sunflower fields, the Transfagarasan, wolves and bears,the happy cemetery, painted monasteries and the old wooden churches of Moldavia and Maramures, the Danube Delta, etc.

Unlike other european nations which mainly have a migratory history, the ancestors of Romanians have been living on this teritory since prehistoric times.

After the ancient Thracian tribes,  the territory of present day Romania was inhabited mainly by Dacian tribes, who had a remarkable, although not very well known, culture. The intriguing network of fortifications and shrines built around the historical Dacian capital Sarmizegetusa 
was relatively well preserved and should be visited to get a glimpse into this old culture and its mysteries.

In 106 AD the Dacians were defeated by the Romans, most of their homeland becoming a province of the Roman Empire.

South and east of the Carpathians, the two Romanian speaking principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia were created in the 14th century. Starting with the 15th century, both of them (and for a while Transylvania too) fell under the domination of the Ottoman Empire.

In Early Middle Ages Hungarians began settling in the area today known as Transylvania, German Saxons also settled in that area. In order to protect themselves from frequent Tartar or Turkish invasions, they built fortified cities, churches and fortresses, many of them still standing and waiting for visitors to enjoy them.

For a short period in 1600, Michael The Brave ruled briefly over all three principalities, thus becoming historically the first ruler of a unified Romania.

Soviet occupation following World War II led to the instauration of communism, which was toppled at the end of 1989 as it was in the other countries of the Eastern Block.

Today, Romania is a member of the European Union and happy to welcome tourists from around the world.

Main Regions to visit in Romania

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TransylvaniaMedieval Sighisoara

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MoldaviaThe Voronet Monastery in Bucovina

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Wallachia

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Dobruja

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