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An eastern European country with a proud Latin heritage, Romania provides a fascinating holiday experience for the visitor.

Romania remains off the beaten track for many holidaymakers, but anyone visiting the country will learn that it has so much to offer, from scenic mountains to historic towns and cities and even villages that appear to have escaped modern times with their horsedrawn carts and wooden churches. All of this is in stark contrast to the brashness of the capital Bucharest, another popular holiday location for visitors.

This country also has a fascinating folk culture. Romania, and in particular Transylvania, gave the world Dracula. Bran Castle, built in 1382, was the home of the vampire count in the famous novel.

For those interested in the Dracula legend, Bran Castle is a favourite tourist spot. Located in central Romania, the 180 ft. edifice is an imposing sight. The castle plays host to a series of events, including Halloween night tours “hosted” by Vlad the Impaler – Count Dracula himself.

For those who want to appreciate even more of the old Romania, then a visit to the painted monasteries in southern Bucovina to the north will most certainly appeal. Entry into the monasteries is very cheap. However, public transport is lacking in much of the area, so car hire is essential for those who plan to visit. Most certainly worth a visit is the Humor monastery some four miles from Gura Humorului. As can be expected, the monastery has a tranquil atmosphere. Visitors are welcome to take a stroll around the garden and enjoy the serenity.

The monastery at Sucevita is particularly imposing, surrounded by high walls and towers. Visitors can also admire the artwork along the walls. The monastery has its own museum and a computer database that visitors can browse through and learn about the monastery’s history as well as some of the local stories. This service is available in English.

Romania is a country where there are holiday opportunities all year round. A wintertime visit to Transylvania is an absolute delight. The snow-clad Carpathian Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop for the region’s December Christmas markets. Visitors even have the opportunity to stay in the Hotel of Ice in the mountains at Balea Lac. The Hotel of Ice can also be visited during the warmer months, but the winter snows make the views that much more amazing. The facility also offers an Ice Church, and there are even igloos outside the hotel for visitors to spend time in quiet contemplation.

No matter what time of year in Romania, there are always plenty of attractions. One such venue includes the recently renovated zoo in Oradea, an ideal visit for everyone in the family.

To learn something of Romania’s Roman past, a visit to Alba Iulia will be both an enjoyable and enlightening experience. The town is home to the well-maintained Roman Castrum Ruins. Another impressive structure in the town is the Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, built in a later period.

Romania also has plenty to offer those who prefer seaside holidays. Typical summer temperatures are between 25 and 35 Celsius, giving the visitor plenty of opportunity to get a tan.

A favourite destination is Mamaia, the largest Romanian resort on the Black Sea. It has beautiful sandy beaches and an excellent range of hotels. Mamaia also has a rich variety of shops and boutiques and plenty of choices for nightlife, including taverns, bars, cafes and restaurants.

The resort is also perfect for people who enjoy water sports. Swimming, scuba diving, paragliding and water skiing are all on offer.

The resort of Neptun also offers seaside activities and more, thanks to its close proximity to a forest, where visitors can enjoy the rich abundance of plant life.

Accommodation while holidaying in Romania will depend very much on where the visitor is staying. There is a good network of guest houses in rural areas, while the resorts and cities have the type of hotels holidaymakers would expect to find in any major city. Four-star hotels tend to be similarly priced to those in Western Europe, while three-star accommodation is often cheaper.

 

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