Romania is a beautiful country of delicious food, rich culture, beautiful beaches and even skiing! Although known as the home of Count Dracula, there is much more to Romania than vampires. White sandy Black Sea coastlines, forest covered Carpathian mountains, atmospheric Transylvania and the history rich capital city of Bucharest are just some of what awaits you.
Bucharest - Romania's capital boasts beautiful architecture, historic landmarks and tree lined boulevards. The city is set between the Carpathian Mountains and the glorious Black Sea.
Cluj-Napoca – Considered the unofficial capital of Transylvania, Cluj is perfect for a cultural holiday. The city is known for being home to St. Michael's Church, numerous museums, opera, ballet and theatre.
Brasov - This south-eastern Transylvania town has a well preserved medieval downtown and is a popular destination thanks to it's close proximity to Bran Castle.
Constanta - The largest port on the Black Sea and the oldest living city in Romania offers archaeological gems, ancient ruins and the Danube Delta.
Romania has a temperate – continental climate, depending on proximity to the coast. Generally, summers are hot, winters are very cold, and there is both permafrost and regular snows on the mountains.
Romania has a number of official non-working holidays, with Christmas and the orthodox Easter the most celebrated (most businesses will close for the day). Unification Day, Labour Day and a few Saints Days are also celebrated.
Transylvania - Cities including Sibiu, Brasov and Sighisoara provide the much sought after Dracula experience. Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's Castle, is the must-see attraction of the area.
Bucharest - The vibrant capital is home to a wealth of landmarks such as the huge Palace of Parliament and the Arcul de Triumf (The Triumphal Arch). On a Bucharest short break head to the Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) where you will find a number of famous sights including the Romanian Athenaeum.
Danube Delta - This UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Tuclea county is the second largest river delta in Europe.
Iron Gate - This gorge on the Danube forms part of the boundary between Romania and Serbia and is one of the most beautiful sights in the country.
Airports - Bucharest's Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport is the largest and busiest in the country followed by Bucharest's Aurel Vlaicu (Baneasa) Airport which is a major low cost airline hub.
Rail Travel - Romanian Railways comprise three different services; the affordable but slower Regional trains, the Inter-Regional trains and the pricey Inter City Trains.
River Routes - Cruises run along the Danube and stop at a number of great cities Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna. Danube cruises are also a great way to see the Iron Gate.
Getting Around - There are a number of ways to get around Romania including domestic flights, high speed and rural trains and motorway links.
Bucharest has a a good transport system which includes metro, tram and bus services.
Romanian is the official language with some Hungarian and German spoken at border areas. English and French are widely spoken in major cities and main tourist areas.
The New Leu is the currency of Romania. 1 Leu = 100 bani. ATMs are available at main banks, airports and large shopping centres. It is difficult to cash travellers cheques outside the capital.
The domestic electricity voltage: 220-240 Volts using the typical dual round pronged plugs. It’s worth taking a plug adapter with step down transformer and voltage converter.
The telephone country code for Romania is 40, and there are a number of area codes.
The only emergency number for Romania is 112.
Smoking is prohibited in public places.
Most Romanian cuisine is meat based, for example Ciorbă (a sharp meat and vegetable soup), sausages, meatballs and chicken. Carp and local fish are popular, and vegetarians can enjoy Mămăligă, a Romanian style polenta, or sample several classic stuffed vegetable dishes. Always double check whether the Pilaf contains meat, as recipes may vary!
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