Boasting culture, cuisine and of course, Count Dracula, plus wonderful city breaks and scenery, Romania holidays have snuck under the radar for too long.
But with the recent trend towards holiday destinations which are slightly off the beaten track, affordable and which offer something a bit different, it won’t be long before Romania’s spectacular secrets are uncovered.
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Historically, Romania is probably more famous for its eerie, mysterious reputation thanks to the portrayal of vampires in popular culture and folklore alongside the country’s largest region, Transylvania. But while many are enchanted by the myths and legends – not to mention fabled ‘Dracula Castle’ – Transylvania is actually rich in jaw-dropping natural sights, lively cities and even the odd ski resort. So, don’t judge a book by its fanged and cloaked cover.
Nestled in the heart of the country, the Transylvania region is bordered by the spectacular mountain ranges of the Carpathians and the Apuseni Mountains. Not only do the peaks provide a glorious backdrop to many local towns and cities, but in summer they offer fabulous hiking routes while in winter, are a great place to hit the slopes.
Romania’s ski resorts may be relatively small in comparison to some of the European giants, but the likes of Poiana Brasov, Predeal and Sinaia (also home to the stunning Peles Castle) are popular and great for all ability levels, making for great ski holidays in Romania for the whole family.
While in and around Transylvania, one of the main attractions is Gothic fortress, Bran Castle. Rumour has it, it’s where Bram Stoker got his inspiration for ‘Dracula’, as the castle is also said to have been the home of Vlad the Impaler – a 15th-century military governor, referred to as the original Dracula. But let’s not let the truth get in the way of a good story and spectacular sight. The castle even opens its doors at night over Halloween if you’re feeling particularly brave.
Nearby, Brasov, is a gorgeous medieval city in which to base yourself. As well as being within easy reach of Bran Castle, its home to impressive architecture including the imposing Black Church.
Slightly smaller than Brasov, Sighisoara is equally beautiful and a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, while nearby Sovata is home to Ursu, a salt water-lake said to have therapeutic properties.
Elsewhere, in capital Bucharest and upcoming Cluj-Napoca, there are excellent options for city breaks in Romania. Cluj-Napoca is a cultural hotspot and as a thriving student city, hosts a number of excellent festivals and events throughout the year.
In Bucharest, visitors can soak up history and culture via the Stavropoleos Monastery, Palace of Parliament and numerous interesting and quirky museums. Be sure to unwind with an afternoon in the blissful Herastrau Park too.
And if you’re looking for beach holidays in Romania, you won’t be disappointed either. The country’s Black Sea coast, just south of the breathtakingly beautiful Danube Delta, boasts stretches of alluring golden sands. Head to Constanta, from where there is easy access to the dreamy Mamaia – said to be the ‘Saint Tropez of the East’.
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