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Is it about time you took a break? If so, set off on a European adventure by booking a holiday to Romania. This country in the Balkans welcomes millions of tourists year-round with its castles, churches, and dense forest landscape. Numerous medieval towns are located within the country, which is enclosed by the Carpathian Mountains. Home to the Palace of the Parliament and natural parks that will take your breath away, Romania is a truly special destination. Boat trips depart along the Danube Delta every day and since it is Europe's second longest river, you can easily get your water sports fix when on holiday in Romania.

Known for its association with the legendary Dracula, Romania entices a diverse crowd, including young groups in search of adventure, families keen to spend days sunbathing on the Black Sea Coast, and couples with a desire to reignite the spark in romantic Transylvanian towns. From the hustle and bustle of Bucharest to the painted monasteries and bird watching opportunities, this country is the perfect destination to unwind, marvel at ancient sites, and get in touch with nature.

Top attractions

Top attractions

Where will you choose to explore when on holiday in Romania? Peel back layers of the past and dig deep into Romania's history by visiting Peles Castle, Corvin Castle, and Bran Castle, which is a 14th-century landmark perched atop a hill. Located in Bucharest is the Palace of the Parliament, where you will also find attractions like the Romanian Peasant Museum and Romanean Athenaeum.

Romania is home to the Carpathian Mountains, Piatra Craiului Mountains, and the Bucegi Mountains, making it a playground for lovers of nature. A trip to the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum will give you a glimpse into traditional life, while Tâmpa Mountain will offer sweeping views of Brașov for hikers who manage to reach its peak, at 960 metres. When you are on holiday in Romania, don't miss an opportunity to stroll around the ASTRA National Museum Complex.

Beaches

Beaches

When you are booking a holiday to Romania, you might not think to pack your swimsuit right away. After all, the country is better known for its landmarks and stunning architecture than for its coastline! However, the country boasts 15 jaw-droppingly beautiful beaches, as well as 33 bays that will prove satisfactory for a sunbathing session. Some seaside resorts worth mentioning include Venus, Navodari, Mamaia, Cap Aurora, Jupiter, and Eforie Sud. Notice how some of the coastal areas are named after Greek and Roman mythology.

Eating out

Eating out

Food in Romania is unique, despite blending flavours from France, Austria, and Asia. Local people feast on a variety of dishes, from spicy sausage and steak, to sour soups and pickled watermelon. Satisfy your sweet tooth after dinner by tucking into traditional desserts, such as Cozonac (cake bread) or Pasca (chocolate pie).

Street food offers convenience, while the region's restaurants present hungry customers with a mouth-watering variation of international cuisine. Fetească regală and Fetească albă are two of the most common grapes grown around the country for the production of aromatic red wines.

Nightlife

Nightlife

Beach clubs open their doors throughout the summer in Mamaia. This Black Sea resort is a magnet for partygoers on holiday in Romania, as is Timisoara. Keep in mind that the crowd might be younger in Timisoara since it is home to the largest university in the west.

Head on down to Bucharest, where wine bars, live music clubs, and a dynamic party scene awaits. Planning on booking your holiday to Romania for August? If so, get dressed up for a full night of partying in the Vama Veche region.

Families

Families

If the facilities at your hotel don't impress the family enough, a holiday to Romania will ensure endless opportunities to spend quality time with the relatives. Visit Bucharest to see Stavropoleos Church and Herastrau Park, which surrounds a lake. The Big Square in Sibiu will leave you open-mouthed, whereas Parc Aventura Brasov will guarantee a complete adrenaline rush in a natural environment.

Salina Turda (Turda Salt Mine) will teach you and your loved ones about Romania's salt mining history. If you are on the hunt for outdoor activities to enjoy with the family, traipse along the marked trails at Turda Gorge, wander around the Sphinx National Park, or let a cascading waterfall mesmerise you by visiting the protected area of Izvorul Bigăr.

Couples

Couples

Are you in the mood for a Romanian romance? If so, you'll be pleased to learn that the majestic country attracts couples with its awe-inspiring architecture and intriguing medieval atmosphere. Loved up couples should plan a day kayaking along the Danube Delta or alpine skiing near Bâlea Lake.

Paddle along the Bistrita River at sunrise or relish a romantic day in the snow at Piatra Neamt. Some other examples of the things you can do as a couple on holiday in Romania include camping beneath the stars in the Transylvania region, walking hand-in-hand along the seaside promenade in Constanta, and dining at the foothills of the Bucegi Mountains.

Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

Walking tours, cycling tours, and scenic driving tours can be arranged when you are on holiday in Romania. The Brasov region is the place to go for skiing, whereas the Transfagarasan Highway is the one of the most scenic roads in the entire country.

Rent a 4x4 Jeep and tour Bucharest or spend an active weekend hiking and camping around Cluj-Napoca. Caves and gorges can be found in the Cluj-Napoca region, so why not rent a scooter and cover as much ground as possible? Canoe tours and paddle boat rental are available at Lacu Rosu (Red Lake) - a natural storage dam that was formed following a landslide in 1837.

Culture

Culture

A land of legend and myth, Romania has a fairy tale-like atmosphere that will leave you in a state of wonder. The people you meet on holiday in Romania have developed a distinct cultural identity over the last few years. Creativity flows through their blood, with artisans, painters, actors, and singers residing in the country's communities. While the countries that border Romania have somewhat let go of their traditional roots, such as Ukraine, Serbia and Bulgaria, Romania oozes culture at every twist and turn.

Much of the landscape has not changed since its early beginnings. Horse-drawn carriages can still be seen transporting people from one village to another and you can expect to see the locals dressed up in traditional attire if you venture to one of the country's remote towns. In fact, each region has a particular style of costume, so it would be a good idea to visit when a festival like Bucharest of Old or Sambra Oilor takes place.