There are spectacular areas in Romania that are worth to be discovered! By visiting them, one feels good in the midst of nature, one is introduced to the local culture, still vibrant with vitality, one is offered high-quality local services and products… and they make one’s vacation turn into a small “investment” into a local economy that starts to work by integrating nature preservation and local culture in the economic equation through ecotourism.
Green hills, with mosaics of agricultural crops, meadows and forests, Transylvanian Saxon villages and fortified churches are part of the setting of a true storybook. The villages, protected by fortified churches, filled with history, are part of the UNESCO World Heritage, making up for one of the last truly medieval landscapes in Europe. ___________________________________________________
Between the valleys of the Mara and Cosău rivers lies an ”island” of authentic traditional life, part of the historic region of Maramureș, which still dazzles ethnographers and philologists. The mosaic-like landscapes with alpine pasture land, meadows, brooks, orchards and century-old forests line up harmoniously alongside wild areas, which host brown bears and lynxes, chamois, wild boars or wolves.
Pădurea Craiului Mountains are a land of caves, spectacular gorges and waterfalls. Vast forests, meadows full with flowers, narrow and steep valleys, all show the path towards incredible underground worlds. Above ground, old timber churches, water mills and traditional households fill up the idyllic landscape. __________________________________________
The wondrous land, surrounded by mountains, at the border of old empires, has an impressive business card: a traditional nature and lifestyle that have maintained their original purity and charm. The mountains have stories millions of years old, written in lava formations, with mountain landscapes rarely encountered in our country.
This land, forever young, always changing, is a magical place where life is celebrated in every corner. The sight of migrating bird colonies is unique in Europe, and rare oak, ash and alder forests are hidden between the sand dunes and the vast waters. The hospitality and perseverance of the local people, a mosaic of ethnic groups, in keeping traditions turn the Danube Delta into an unforgettable destination. _____________________________________________
On the roads of transhumance, walking along shepherds and their herds, one naturally blends in this pastoral world where the path takes you from the heart of the village up to the sheepfolds in the mountains. The tradition of sheepherding has shaped the specificity of crafts and here you can find the most skilled masters in making cheese. On foot or on two wheels, you can discover a region that was awarded the title of ”European destination of excellence”.
A true amphitheatre surrounded by mountains, Haţeg Country is like a story that always surprises you: meadows and grassland you can feast your eyes on, myriads of flowers and butterflies, and far away, to the south, Retezat Mountain, the huge giant proudly rising, covered in snow. The Dinosaur Geopark invites you to discover fossils of dwarf dinosaurs and other small treasures related to the history of the Earth.
As if on the border between reality and fairy tales, this land hosts a priceless spiritual and natural heritage. The renewed appearance of the aurochs roaming freely, after years of efforts, really is like a story come true. The monastic community here is the second largest in Europe (after that on Mount Athos), and the monks’ villages represent a feature unique in all Europe.
The Nera Gorge, stretching over 24 kilometres, is spectacular due to the path and tunnels dug in the rock during the short Ottoman occupation of the area. The local roads are excellent for cycling and there is plenty to see for bird watchers, bat or orchid lovers. Not far from here you can travel on the oldest railway line in Romania, a technological wonder from 150 years ago. The train still operates twice a day on a route that reaches the top of the mountains.
Băile Tușnad and surroundings
The ideal destination for rejuvenating your body and soul is ”bathed” in mineral waters with healing powers. You can roam, on foot or by bike, under cool fir trees up to the only volcanic lake in the country (Sfânta Ana Lake) or through small fortified peasant citadels, manor houses and medieval noblemen’s houses: spoil your senses with delicious foods with Hungarian influences. ____________________________________________
Zărnești – Piatra Craiului
A castle of limestone and forest, the spectacular Piatra Craiului Mountain invites the mountaineers on chained paths, alongside ravines, through caves and on tricky rock debris slopes. On the road, they can come across chamois, Piatra Craiului alpine pink (Dianthus callizonus), edelweiss, and the wonderful reward on the ridge always takes their breath away.