Incredibly diverse landscapes and an intriguing political history make Romania a place to linger in rather than rush through – this country of contrasts demands a longer stay than the traditional two-week break.
Romania Country Of Contrasts
Travelling round the country by train is best as Romania’s extensive railway network is one of the largest and most comprehensive in Europe.
Bright lights, big city
Bucharest cannot fail to impress – you can step back in time at the Village Museum, Europe’s biggest outdoors museum, and you will certainly need to step back to take in the pompous grandeur of Parliament Palace.
Historic city buildings date right back to the fifteenth century rule of Vlad the Impaler (the model for Bram Stoker’s Dracula) so there is a lot to get your teeth into and you could spend many days just ambling around the Old District alone.
There are plenty of opportunities for you to do voluntary work, which offers the perfect experiential holiday as it immerses you further in the varied communities, towns and natural beauty spots that make Romania such a diverse destination.
Doing volunteer work on projects across Romania makes a great way to extend your trip, gain new skills and get to know this fascinating country better.
Archaeological digs can take you deeper into Romania’s past whilst opportunities to carry out social work abroad in Brasov’s orphanages help you to alleviate the burden placed by history on contemporary Romania’s poorest communities.
Captivating countryside and marvelous monasteries
Nestled in sensuous rolling hills Bucovina is home to one of the world’s greatest art treasures: the Painted Monasteries – the 15th and 16th century frescoes delight are uniquely beautiful and look as fresh as the day they were first painted.
The Ceahlau National Park is endowed with such natural beauty that you could linger for days taking stunning nature walks through sacred hills.
Beautiful beaches and the Danube delta
A warm climate and miles of sandy beaches flanked by tasteful modern resorts make Romania’s Black Sea Coast a great place to relax.
Alternatively you could chill out on a boat meandering through the Danube Delta where 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands teem with the highest concentration of bird colonies in all of Europe.
Away from the coast the rugged beauty of the Carpathian Mountains awaits – from a base in picturesque mountain villages you can walk through serene alpine meadows, trek around glacial lakes, take horses or bikes into the wild, scramble up rock formations and explore ancient fossils.
With so much to see and so many different things to do, Romania is a country that will captivate you and always leave you with a sense that there is more to see.
Make sure you plan to have enough time to do it all justice!
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