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Visit Romania, the Land of Choice!

December 30, 2014

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Alright folks, maybe I’m a little bit pompous because Romania is my native country, hence I have a “dog in the fight”. The “land of choice” is actually the slogan under which the government chose to advertise our beautiful country over the internet. Basically they invented a logo and a slogan and that was it.

What you need to know about Romania is detailed in the following review, so keep reading.

Located in the south-eastern-central Europe, Romania is bordered by Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, Bulgaria and Moldova, not to mention the Black Sea.

With a surface of 238,000 square km and a population of almost 20 million (rough estimation), Romania is the place to be in from any perspective you can think about. I’m telling you this because of two things: Romania has a temperate climate, hence we have real winters, autumns and summers and also the landscape has it all: mountains, planes, hills, sea/beaches, you can do absolutely everything here, both during summertime or in the winter.

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The largest city is Bucharest, the capital, which is also the 6’th largest in the EU (European Union). Yes, Romania is a member of the EU since 2007 and with its ~20 million inhabitants makes for the 7th most populous member of the union.

Facts are nice, but I must tell you that Romania has immensely beautiful places to visit and also a pretty cool cultural heritage. I mean, we have lots of countryside areas and historic cities, beautiful women and awesome foods!

What you should know about Romania is that it has a Latin cultural heritage, just like Italy (Romania-Roma-Roman empire, we were a colony of the Roman empire in the past) yet some of out biggest cities look just like those in Western Europe, at least partially. In the same time, when visiting the rural areas, you’ll feel like you just walked in a time machine. There are places (still) in Romania that look just like in the middle ages, that make a shocking contrast with the urban areas. You’re in here for a real treat, believe me.

The main geographical/historic regions are Transylvania (home of Vlad Dracul-Dracula, featuring ancient medieval castles and towns, lots of forests and beautiful landscapes,), Banat(the most developed region, economically speaking, proud of its traditional/baroque German towns/villages), Oltenia(here you’ll discover beautiful monasteries and health resorts), Southern Bucovina (home of the world famous painted monasteries like the Voronet), Maramures(awesome mountain landscapes and wooden churches from the 16th  and 17th centuries),  Crisana (the entry point in Romania if you come from the West, lots of medieval cities), Dobrogea (lots of Greek/Roman cities, Black Sea lagoons plus the most beautiful delta in Europe, the Danube Delta), Muntenia (aka Wallachia and home of Bucharest, the capital; here lived and ruled Vlad Tepes-the Impaler) and Moldavia (an extraordinary region, featuring old medieval/fortified cities, churches, excellent foods& wine and the most beautiful women).

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What to do in Romania

Well, where to begin? The first thing you should know is that life is very cheap here, so you can travel a lot and see lots of places without spending a fortune. You can visit Bucharest, the capital, where you can see the old/pre WW2 city along with some megalomaniac structures built in the communist era, like the Palace of Parliament (formerly known as the House of the People, the second largest structure on Earth after the Pentagon). Brasov is another great place to visit in Transylvania, where you’ll find a beautifully preserved medieval city and you can spend some quality time in Poiana Brasov, a luxury resort nearby; also, while here, go take a look at Bran Castle (Dracula’s castle).

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Cluj-Napoca is the biggest city in Transylvania, a well-developed economic center and very youthful city, because here you’ll find Babes Bolyai, one of the biggest universities in the world.

Sibiu is maybe the most beautiful city in Transylvania, former EU capital of culture in 2007 and filled with well-preserved historical sites. Other places to visit are Sighisoara (medieval city), Suceava (THE city to see in Bucovina), Timisoara (the biggest city in Banat, the anti-communist revolution started here in 1989).

Other places to see : The Transylvanian Alps, the Carpathian Mountains, Sinaia, Predeal, Vatra Dornei, Baile Herculane (great ski resorts here), the Danube Delta, the painted monasteries in Bucovina/Moldova, the saxon villages (beautiful fortified churches lie here), the Black Sea resorts.

danube delta

Food and Drink in Romania

 Romania has an eclectic cuisine, being a mix of cultures and peoples. You can eat here various foods with Turkish/Greek/German/Hungarian influences. Food is great in Romania; you’ll get fat in no time if you hang around long enough.

We’re a meat eating culture, hence you’ll find here all kinds of goodies, like ciolan afumat(smoked pork knuckle), polenta with sarmale/sausages (plescoi are among the best), soup with meatballs (Ciorba de perisoare), piftii (a kind of jellied pork/poultry), all kinds of sweets and awesome wines from Cotnari, Murfatlar and Segarcea.

Phone Calls to and from Romania

You can save some money on International calls and texting to or from Romania by using Tap4Call.

Visa Requirements


Romania is a member of the European Union so you’ll only require an ID card if you’re from the EU and a valid passport for non EU nationals. Visas are usually not required.

sibiu

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