A Tour of Romanian Medieval Cities
Travelling to Romania, and especially to Transylvania, means being ready to accept a permanent duality between new and old, as modernity meets tradition at every step. From dreamy villages to fortified towns and industrial cities, everything is half modern, half impregnated with the charming air of the past ages.
Time Out in Bucharest
The central part of Bucharest is dominated by large squares and busy boulevards bordered by imposing buildings. Most of this architectural feature of the city is owed to the communist leader Nicolae Ceauşescu, who envisioned this new Civic Centre to the detriment of the previous Parisian aspect of the Capital.
Caving in Romania
With over 12.000 caves, Romania is situated among Europe’s top speleological regions. These underground formations, hundreds of metres deep and some of them tens of kilometres long, hide subterranean rivers, lakes, glaciers, minerals, fossils and even traces of human inhabitants dating back from the Palaeolithic.
Observing the Birds of the Danube
The Danube Delta features some of the richest ornithological fauna in Europe and is a true sanctuary for birds. With over 330 species of birds flying in from Europe, Africa, Asia and the Mediterranean area to nest or winter here, the delta is one of the finest attractions in Romania for birdwatchers and ornithologists, who come here from all over the world to observe the birds in their natural environment.
Exploring Romania’s Countryside - 1
With more than 13,000 villages, the Romanian countryside remains a picturesque spot unique in the world, which has preserved intact millenary traditions. The atmosphere in these unexplored corners of heaven is remindful of the pastoral ambience of long-gone centuries, when people fully believed in a higher authority and lived their lives in a harmony imposed by the undisturbed rhythm of nature.
Exploring Romania's Countryside - 3
With a different historical development than the other parts of Romania, Wallachia has grown as a contrastive region, with Bucharest, the country’s capital, as a bustling aggregation of business, trade, tourism and nightlife in its centre and ancestral villages soaked in tradition in the rural areas.
Celebrating Easter in Romania
Easter (Paşte), the greatest religious celebration in the Orthodox calendar, is an ideal occasion for discovering the Romanian traditions. If you want to explore the country’s rural areas this time of the year, it will be a rewarding trip, as you may have the chance to witness religious services gathering impressive processions and different regional customs, as well as to taste specific dishes.