Romania is so often overlooked when it comes to holidays in Europe. Yet this country has so much to offer: from rolling countryside, to traditional towns, to an abundance of wildlife. Here we have our highlights or this gorgeous country!
The Danube Delta
Bubbling up as springs in the depth of the Black Forest, the Danube weaves its way through ten countries, ending in the second largest river delta in Europe. Alone extending through a number of countries, the delta for the most part can be found in Romania.
Travelers can spend three day exploring its branched, lined with thatch, willow, and oak. It is a wildlife haven, containing the highest concentration of bird colonies in Europe. It is an ideal breeding ground, attracting migratory birds from as far as Africa, Asia, and the Arctic. The water is teeming with fish and the surrounding countryside is home to wildcats, foxes, and wolves. You can spend your days drifting dreamily through this beautiful natural landscape.
Venture from your boat and Kayak into the iconic region of Transylvania. You will feel as though you have been transported back in time (though hopefully not straight into Bram Stoker’s novel). The romanian countryside is a patchwork of rolling hills, verdant field, and old Saxon towns. Traditional ways of life are a glorious way to get back in touch with nature and with yourself. As horse and cart trot past, take part in old practices such as hay-stacking, bread-baking, and shepherding. If that sounds like too much effort just wander and enjoy the simple beauty of the cobbled streets and baroque architecture. You may even come across a village festival in which the locals perform ancient rites of planting and harvesting, dressed in traditional costume.
Protected within Romania’s abundant National Parks is Europe’s largest remaining area of pristine forest. But it is probably the diversity of landscape which is most incredible. Exploring the parks, you will find grasslands, gorges, subterranean caves, volcanic lakes, and of course the extensive Danube river networks. Head to higher ground and you will find alpine meadows and treks around glacial lakes. It is a paradise for treks, climbing, and horseback riding alike.
It is not for everyone, but on of my main aims, when I travel is to try as many traditional and cultural dishes as possible. Romania is ideal for foodies because of its variety. Repeated waves of different cultures influenced Romania and today you can find Greek, Roman, Saxon, Turkish, Slavic, and Magyar touches. A popular choice may well be chimney cake: a rope of sweet dough spiraled around a wooden cylinder, dusted with sugar and baked slowly over an open flame. This gives is a soft, doughy inside and a crispy, caramelized outer layer. More unusual but equally delicious is the tree bark wrapped cheeses from southeast Transylvania.