In my previous article, I wrote about four of the most popular places in Romania: Brasov Area, Sibiu, the famous Transfagarasan road, Cluj-Napoca and its beautiful surroundings. They are very sought after, both by Romanian and foreign tourists, for all good reasons. Today, I am going to show you where else me and others recommend you to visit. Because they are more than worth it. Because they display the best of Romania. And because they are among the best places to travel in the country I love the most!
It's easy to assess travel preferences these days. Social networks are extremely helpful - they show exactly where people like me and you are to be found on this planet.
Tons of info about the best places to travel in the world. Romania included of course.
I created these two blog entries after months and months of browsing through Facebook and Instagram. I've added my personal experience, and the final result consists in the most popular tourist attractions in Romania!
Apart from what has been mentioned in the previous article, this is what's left to say:
There's a small town in Romania that attracts numerous tourists all over the world...
Small but full of interesting things to see...
It is one of the best preserved medieval town in Europe, the only citadel left on the continent which is fully inhabitated...
It is the pearl of Transylvania, and its name is...
I may be biased, but I think you cannot find something similar in the whole Europe! It somehow resembles old Prague, but it has its own identity.
The old city center looks like a genuine outdoor museum, a distinct area located up on a hill, easy to be reached by foot - an unforgettable walk!
It has everything you need to re-live the atmosphere of the Middle Ages: narrow paved alleys, small squares, nine old defence towers dedicated to different arts and crafts... Old houses, restaurants with traditional food, people beautifully dressed in medieval clothes, organizing an event or promoting their thing.
Photo credit: Sergiu Barcan
Photo credit: Aristo V
Photo credit: Sean McQuaid
And if I tell you it is also the birthplace of Vlad Tepes, creator of Dracula myth, I think you have a complete image of what a visitor can do in the most charming town in Romania!
For me it's a wonderful surprise to see how many people know about Sighisoara. If you are a fan of medieval architecture and wanna see how our ancestors used to live, then Sighisoara is definitely the place to be!
Well, this is a longer debate but I'll try to make it as short as possible...
First of all, you need to know this: there are very few Romanians who haven't been to the BLACK SEA!
When summer season is on, we all make sure we spend at least one day at the Romanian seaside. If not a whole vacation... It's like a drug we don't want to get rid of, thanks to all the beautiful memories we have built in our lives at the seaside!
The Black Sea is very popular to us. It can get extremely offering, thanks to the atmosphere we know to create, the parties we organize, the good services in some areas. Unfortunately, there's a reason we don't see too many foreigners at the Black Sea...
We have to admit this: it's not the most beautiful sea in the world. It gets very crowded between June and September. And we don't really excel in providing state-of-the-art services, despite the great potential out there.
But it is our sea, a luxury many other countries cannot afford. An extremely diverse place. 244 km of opportunities, like partying all night in beach bars from Mamaia or Vama Veche, waiting for the sun rising up from the water... An unforgettable experiences!
Sunrise in Vama Veche. Photo Credit: Diana Barbu
But where do foreigners go? I am positively impressed that the Internet is full of photos taken by the magnificent DANUBE BOILERS. It is probably the most spectacular area along the whole Danube!
The river enters Romania in the southwestern part, digging a breathtaking path between Romanian and Serbian mountains. For about 9 kilometers, the mountains on the two sides are so close that Danube narrows to a minimum of 150 meters.
The power of the water is so strong, that the Danube seems to "boil" here, thus the name of this astonishing area.
The sublime immensity of the river, the fantastic views from the surrounding mountains, the incredibly peaceful feeling around Danube or the boat cruises revealing centuries-old landmarks are enough good reasons to add the boilers to your travel list!
I am so glad to see that the branding of the most beautiful waterfall in the world really functions!
Despite being small for a waterfall, BIGAR is indeed a rare beauty: a 7-meter high water falling over a cliff covered in green moss, forming a small rainbow when the sun shines directly to it.
There is no day passing by when I don't see a photo from Bigar. It is hard to pick one, but I think this one is the most impressive I have seen lately:
Photo credit: Alex Coman
The prestigious Huffington Post has also made another landmark in Romania famous worldwide. It was back in 2013 when they have included CORVIN CASTLE in the list of 10 castles from around the world that are straight out of fairy tales. Since then, tourism in Hunedoara sky-rocketed!
Corvin Castle straight out of fairy tales. Photo credit: Adrian David
It is the most impressive medieval sight of the country, since crossing the suspended wooden bridge can make you feel transported directly to the Middle Ages!
Both Bigar Waterfall and Corvin Castle are around 2.5 hours away from Timisoara, one of the best developed cities in Romania. There are also many things to see in the city, and you can use this article for understanding why Timisoara is a perfect starting point for a beautiful trip through Western Romania!
Last but certainly not least, I want to tell you about the place in Romania where you will find some of the most unique sights in the world!
MARAMURES is located up North at the Romanian border with Ukraine and Hungary.
It is worldwide famous for the art of mastering wood, with people all over the world ordering wooden gates designed here, to beautify their home entrances
Here, people are buried in the most unusual fashion, and the name of Merry Cemetery speaks for itself...
It also houses the only lake in Europe that changes its color from blue to green. The tallest waterfall in Romania (Horses' Waterfall - 80 meters). The Athos Mountain of Romania - the beautiful Barsana Monastery, pride of Maramures locals. Or the Rooster Ridge (a strange volcanic formation which attracts adventure lovers for escalading or paragliding).
Barsana, pride of local craftsmen in Maramures. Photo credit: Katy Lineker
There are many things to do in Maramures, too many to mention all of them in a few words.. Here is a more complete review, one that still doesn't do the best for Maramures... At least not until you'll personally experience the food, the landmarks, the traditions, the mountains and everything Maramu has to offer!
This is what I wanted to show you today. Some of the most beautiful and popular tourist attractions in Romania. Sighisoara, the Black Sea, the Danube Boilers, Timisoara and its surroundings, Maramures... How many more reasons do you need to travel to my golden Romania?
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