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Top places to visit in Romania

10 Places to Visit in Romania

 

The abundance of tourist resources that dwell on the territory of our beautiful country is the essential element that makes any geography lesson worth learning from an early age. We grow up discovering all about what makes a simple visit to our country become an amazing adventure that can change the way foreign tourists perceive the Romanian landscapes.  

 

Without being deprived of patriotic pride in our minds, we have been thought that we have endless imposing mountains, gorgeous beaches, a rich history and endless traditions that can fill entire shelves of precious books about the most beautiful places in the world.

Sibiu- Romania
Sibiu

Furthermore, the most attractive thermal waters, the most popular castles and fortresses as well as the lush flora and fauna in our country make the tourist attractions in Romania gain their deserving top place in reputable magazines that describe the beauty of the world that surrounds us.  

 

As soon as anyone hears about the most beautiful cities in Romania, they have the impulse of getting on the first train to convince themselves of the accuracy of what others have said after their visit to our country.

 

Viscri in Brasov

 

You can go to Viscri, in Brasov a million times in your life and you will still be surprised to discover its beauty. Any time you go there, you will be mesmerized by the absolute silence that seems to have taken over this rustic place from our country. About five hundred people live in the area that does not seem to hide any mystery at first sight but which will win your heart as soon as you get there.

Fortifies church in Viscri Unesco Heratage

If you are a fan of the traditional Romanian stories, you will feel like you are living the life of one of Ion Creanga’s characters and that time has stopped for you to experience life differently during your visit to Romania. The people from the countryside are still socializing in a traditional manner, talking for hours in front of their homes. Anytime they see strangers passing by, they smile and welcome them to their homes.

 

The Horses Waterfall in the Rodnei Mountains

 

Very close to Borsa, one of the most amazing Romanian places in the Rodnei Mountains, the tourists can discover the Horses Waterfall that has become famous across the world. If you get there in winter, you will be mesmerized by the natural ice wonder that has taken over the place.

 

The natural cycle in the area has given birth to the largest waterfall in our country,  making tourists believe that the sky has opened its gates and keeps on throwing silver water streams on our lands. The noise of the water reaching the rocks can easily be considered the most relaxing zen sounds for the soul.

 

St. Ana Lake in Harghita

 

Our touristic itinerary continues today with another gorgeous snapshot of a beautiful place in Romania. Just imagine yourself admiring the imposing mountains and the green forests from a small traditional boat that floats naturally on St. Ana Lake in Harghita.

 

This is the only volcanic lake in Central Europe and as soon as you get there you will feel like you have discovered a new world, far away from the stress and the noises of urban life. All you feel like doing is meditating on the edge of the water, reading a good book and having a picnic like in the old days.

 

The Voronet Monastery in Gura Humorului

 

Our magic story of top cities to visit in Romania takes us to Gura Humorului next, in the Suceava County. No matter where you are from, you must have heard about the livelihood of the people living in Bucovina, an area rich in traditions, authentic in culture and well deserving of its fame.

 

This sacred nordic area in Romania has preserved its traditions and history like no other place in the world. As soon as you enter the gate of the Voronet Monastery, you will understand what the fairytales are saying about people who are living with an open heart and with a strong belief in everything that is sacred.

 

The Danube Delta

 

Our virtual visit to Romania could not have excluded the Danube Delta from its list. This is because this seems to be an area where life is lived entirely different under the direct governance of Mother Nature. The image of the pelicans living their life undisturbed and of the water lilies that are floating proudly on the water will stretch your imagination up to the point where you will feel like you have discovered Heaven.  Do not be surprised if you wake up wondering how this wild universe and the office buildings in Romania can be part of the same world.

 

 

The Bigar Waterfall in Caras-Severin

 

The amazing Romanian place that finds its way on our list today seems to come right from the story of how God made the world. The Bigar Waterfall in Caras-Severin seems to come right from the sack of natural wonders that make this world great. The blue shade of the water will make you believe that the sky rests right there. The way in which the water runs on the stones and its sound will make you stay there forever so as to be part of the miracles of nature and life.

 

The Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Maramures

 

When have you ever been in a cemetery and have gone out feeling joyful and appreciative of life? In case you never thought that this could be possible, you have not been to the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Maramures. This is the place that celebrates life even when someone passes away because the energy of that person remains alive through everything that he / she has done in life. This amazing Romanian place is a real manifestation of art featuring a totally different image from the gloomy landscape that you might expect to find in a cemetery.

Sapanta- Merry Cemetery- Maramures
Sapanta- Merry Cemetery- Maramures

 

The Harmonie Complex in Predeal

 

As a child, have you ever dreamed of being in a tree house similar to those you used to see in the American movies? In case you have given up on your dream, it is time for you to start believing in your dreams again because this is your chance to actually live this experience.

 

In Predeal, Brasov there is a magical place called the Harmonie Complex that features suspended tree houses made of natural wood, covered by leaf curtains and hugged by the tree branches that surround the magical area. The mountain view that you can admire from the windows in the tree houses will make you feel like a real character living his childhood dream.

 

Turda Salt Mine in Cluj

 

Turda Salt Mine is located at a 30-km distance from Cluj, being well preserved at several hundred meters below the surface. Once you get there, you will be exposed to a special underground world in which nature and the people have worked together, side by side, to create and reveal a little special salt town to the world. This is a real balneary health oasis as well as a small entertainment base that includes a sports field and a special playground for children. The natural museum is worth visiting while being there.

Turda salt mine- the lake
Turda salt mine- the lake

 

Alba Iulia Carolina Citadel

 

Transilvania is one of the Romanian regions that breath history through each and every natural and cultural element it features. Alba Iulia Carolina Citadel is a real architectural jewelry that manages to take tourists back in time through their imagination. You can feel as if you have learned hundreds of pages of history just from visiting this amazing place in Romania. Not to mention the degree of cultural enrichment that comes from seeing a citadel that has become famous across the globe.

Alba Iulia - Carolina Alba citadel Transylvania
Alba Iulia

 

These are ten of the most beautiful places in Romania and in the world. During your visit to our country, we recommend you to include these tourist attractions on your list of places to see. We promise you that you will go back home with a sack filled with gorgeous memories that will enrich your life. 

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Top Adventures for Solo Travelers

Top 5 Adventures for Solo Travelers

Some people prefer to travel solo instead of traveling in groups. They have their reasons and we totally respect them and feel there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking solo missions.

If you are willing to travel the world by yourself, you’re obviously going to want to go on some amazing adventures. To help you figure out the best, most exciting adventures for you to participate in, we’ve decided to share a list of our top five favorite solo adventures for everyone to enjoy.

So figure out the best way to pack your things and get ready to hop on a plane to somewhere you’ve never been before. These five solo adventure locations will practically blow you away they’re so amazing!

  1. Finland

oulu-Finland

If you’re looking for a vigorous adventure and something that may even take you a little bit outside of your comfort zone, then you’re definitely going to love being active in Finland. You’ll have an opportunity to participate in such exciting activities like snowmobiling in Oulanka National Park in Finland, cross country skiing, and you could even lead a dog sledding team, which is really exciting if it’s something you’ve never done before. Plus, it’s a guarantee that you’ll be able to see the Northern Lights in all of their glory while you visit Finland.

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  1. Oman

When it’s time to really step outside your comfort zone, the most welcoming part of the Arabian Peninsula is called Oman. You can truly enjoy and appreciate the hypnotic nomadic landscapes, drive 4 x 4s through the desert, visit mountain Bedouin villages, and appreciate the richness and beauty of the wild beaches in this part of the world. Plus you’ll have a chance to visit the Empty Quarter, which is a favorite of author TE Lawrence.

 

  1. Sri Lanka

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For those looking to enjoy an adventure in the sun but don’t necessarily want to spend their days lounging around on the beach, you’ll absolutely love Sri Lanka and all that this wonderful place has to offer. There are lots of activities going on all the time and you can partake in some of the best like backroad cycling, climbing Adam’s Peak to see the sunrise, wild river rafting through the Central Highlands, and you can even search for elephants and leopards while on an amazing jungle safari.

 

So step outside of your average and ordinary life and come visit Sri Lanka sooner rather than later. Spend a few weeks exploring this amazing place and you’ll appreciate every minute of it.

 

  1. Zambia

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Have you ever wanted to go on such an amazing adventure that you actually walked through parts of Africa? That’s exactly what you’re going to do if you decide to visit Zambia for your next action packed solo adventure.

 

On this trip, you’ll be able to go on a safari walk and experience Africa’s wildlife like you’ve never imagined possible. There are many tours in the area, so check out a few online and join one and take your next big adventure in the African safari.

 

  1. Mount Everest

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Seeing Mount Everest up close is an amazing experience to say the least. No one is saying you have to climb the mountain and no one is saying you have to sleep outside in a tent. They have convivial lodges at the foot of the mountain. You will have to share a room with someone else or you may even end up in a dormitory, but that’s all part of the experience. You get to meet new people, learn about new cultures, and see this amazing mountain live and in living color.

 

Conclusion

If you’re having trouble figuring out what events to check out in September as a solo traveler – rest assured that there are plenty of possibilities to do so. Please consider our top five adventures because they’re guaranteed to invigorate, excite, and provide a wonderful experience for everyone.

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Driving in Romania

Driving through a land of kind people

I have been lucky enough that my job allowed me to travel quite a

Surdesti

lot on the unknown roads of Romania, from south to north. Most of my experiences were fun, others impressive, some others quite hilarious. It was the case when I drove  a rent a car to drive in Maramures,  the north of Romania, the most amazing land, unique for its people and magic atmosphere.
It was late autumn when I decided to visit Maramures to check hotels around. I was running my own travel agency and I was targeting a special niche and checking out hotels was a must.  I went by night train tup o Baia Mare as the drive is long and tiring and I booked a rent a car, from the only company in town planning to drive around.

It went as planned. I took the car and I  start travelling right in the morning. The GPS was my flag, will was my main road. I travelled the first day trying to reach all the UNESCO heritage churches, the incredible ancestor buildings aroused in wood, worked piece by piece by anonymous peasants.

Driving in Romania, driving through amazement

All set. Car was working just fine and, one small detail, the car had the regional plate numbers. After I left Barsana monastery ( I really recommend to get there). I kind of got lost. The GPS seemed also in a big fog, indicating stupid routs. Hence I stopped next to an old man, an authentic local peasant. He spoke a sweet, slow rhythm Romanian language. I asked him directions and when he realised that I was not a local he started wondering: “Where are you from?” I answered shortly that I am from Bucharest, 650 km away. “But.. . you have local plate numbers. Are you married with a local?” I explained him shortly that I just rented the car  to drive across the country side. He did not understand how I could paid money to rent a car and he expressed his amazement  in the same slow manner.  He did also not understood how a “girl” is left  to drive across the country all on her own. He had that spirit of peace and wisdom, he balanced every single word. His concern was a parent-like worry, moreover he was preoccupied to help me find my way and to warn me that there plenty of “troubled people” and to pay attention.
I carried on my travel and I reached the northest point of Sapanta, the Merry Cemetery. Careless woman like I parked into a hole. Nasty one! Enormous! Huge! Scary! And… embarrassing enough … I could not get out of the nasty hole. It was a rainy day and the mud around the car made my mission impossible and not in a 007 sense! I was red  as hell when I just got out to ask for some help. It was this woman, I will always remember her, dressed in popular costume, heavy, but with a kind face. She just shouted twice: “You Gica, You Ioane! Come and help the girl” and the entire village was around me to push the car. Finally the mission was possible! I checked the rented car, everything was just fine, except the dirt around it.

Driving through Maramures – Romania,  return to the roots

I carried on driving southwards, back to accommodation and meaning to vision one more UNESCO church. I noticed one wooden church as most of Maramures are, I kept gazing at it. An old woman, followed by two goats asked me if me if I want a shortcut to the church through her yard. I agreed. Once I stepped in her in yard she invited me to see her house. I was pleased so, here I am Alice in Maramures land discovering the traditions on the front door, not on the keyhole! The house was surprising beautiful! SImple, clean, made out of wood, adorned with traditional carpets. It was food for sore soul. Well, she told the story of every single carpet and traditional decoration and she ended asking me: “Would you like to have some palinca??” If course I refused, I know the meaning of palinca! I left the place  all happy and amused.
I drove back my rent a car full of joy listening local folklore music, blessing the people who made my day happier. At the time I handed in the car, I spoke with the owner shortly about my beautiful experiences, omitting the “blonde” mistakes.

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What to do in Bucharest

Bucharest Tourists versus Business Travelers.

What To Do and Where To Go

Bucharest Summer Gardens
Bucharest Summer Gardens

Bucharest, the capital city of Romania is ready to welcome both business travelers and tourists. No matter the reason why you’re travelling to Bucharest, you’ll be glad to know that it is one of the most affordable but also one of most entertaining cities in Europe, with plenty to see and do.

OAR Garden Bucharest
OAR Garden Bucharest

If you are a business traveler, then you probably don’t have that much time to spare. Still, there are some must-see places and must-do things before you leave the city and with good time management you’ll be able to make the best out of your trip here.
Either if you’re coming to Bucharest on a business travel or as a tourist, you have to see the Palace of Parliament even if you don’t have the time to visit the interior. This is one of Bucharest’s main attractions and its most famous building. Some people see it as an architectural monstrosity and the symbol of Ceausescu’s megalomania while others are impressed by how imposing and luxurious it is. Either way, everyone seems to agree this is a must-see place in Bucharest.

Romanian Traditional Food
Sarmale cu mamaliguta. Romanian Traditional food

No matter how busy you are, you still have to eat, right? You cannot come to Bucharest and not have a taste of the traditional Romanian food, it’s delicious! The most famous dish is “sarmale cu mamaliguta” but there are many other traditional dishes you should try. Be warned: most of them are made with different kinds of meat, so it’s safe to say it’s not the most vegetarian-friendly traditional cuisine.
Just because you are on a business trip in Bucharest, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun too. Bucharest is an entertaining city with a vibrant nightlife, the kind of place where it’s impossible to get bored once the night comes. And if you want to soak up Bucharest’s nightlife, the best place to do it is the Old Town. Here you’ll find a variety of pubs, bars, clubs, restaurants, lounges, comedy clubs and even theatres, so you can either party till dawn or just relax over a glass of wine. Bucharest is also famous for its luxury casinos, a great alternative for night clubs.
If you’re travelling to Bucharest on holiday, then the best way to get to know the city and its locals is on foot. Bucharest has many beautiful neighborhoods, streets and buildings just waiting to be discovered. This is how you will get to see the contrast between new and old, between its modern present and communist past and many other cultural influences that make it a unique city.

Romanian AthenaeumEven if it’s really difficult to mention all of them, here are some of the places where you should try to visit:
Bucharest’s most beautiful neighborhoods: Cotroceni, Armenian, Negustori, Mantuleasa.
Museums to visit: Village Museum, Grigore Antipa National Museum of Natural History, The National Art Museum, Peasant Museum, George Enescu Museum, The Museum of Art Collections.
Gardens and terraces where you can hang out if you are visiting the city in the summer that are not in the Old City: Funky Lounge (Herastrau), Eden, J’ai Bistrot, Acuarela, Verona Garden.
Buildings you should not miss: Romanian Athenaeum, Stavropoleos Church, The National Bank Palace, Cantacuzino Palace, CEC Building, National Theatre, Coral Temple, National Military Palace.
Another place that is perfect both for business travelers and tourists is Therme Bucuresti, the biggest spa and wellness center in Europe. This place is like a tropical paradise where you can actually relax and escape the concrete jungle even if it’s just for a couple of hours.
Last but not least, Bucharest accommodation is very budget-friendly both for business travelers and tourists. The best accommodation option in Bucharest is staying at one of the lux apartments in the city centre. They are affordable, impeccable, really close to all the main tourist attractions and offer you all the comfort and privacy you need on your stay here.

Enjoy!

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Things to do in Bucharest

What you can do in Bucharest?

Once known as the Paris of East, a reference for the beautiful ateneulmixture of architectural styles, l during latest years Bucharest has become acknowledged as one of the most vibrant cities for the night life lovers, and also a resource for fun and spa relaxation.

Bucharest as Paris of East

The architecture is a beautiful mixture of classical and eclectic French style. Victoriei Avenue and Kisseleff are the most representative streets to understand the reason for which the city is named The Little Paris of East.

Victoriei Avenue is long row of beautiful buildings on which the French architects or at least their influence showed their mastery on imposing edifices like Royal Palace,Cantacusino Palace or Atheneum.

On the other side, the Arch of Triumph and the entire urbanist setting, the intersection with Kisellef Road is for the tourist a reflection of Champs Elysee.

The Palace of Parliament

It is the most grandiose building in Bucharest, actually, being the second largest administrative building in the world, can easily be named as one of the most impressive edifices in the world. Even if most overseas tourists knows it as the Palace of Ceausescu, the truth is that the former communist leader has never reached the point in working or living in this palace

The night life of Bucharest

Bucharest Old City is wildly know for its vibrant night life. Mainly known as Lipscani area, due to the main street, the walking area is full of amazement an joy. There is no taste that the old city can cover: from fine dining, clubs to theatres and street art, the narrow streets of the of Bucharest is the side of enjoyment and place to be to have fan.

You can eat, dance, enjoy beautiful music and relax within the same perimeter.

Where to sleep and eat in Bucharest

There are plenty of accommodation options in Bucharest. Hotels 2-5*, guest hoses, villas and serviced apartments for all tastes and budgets are spread all over the city.

As we mentioned the Old city is the homeland of restaurants and dining out area. Even in small neighbourhood you can fine either lovely restaurants or small take-away shops

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Bucharest serviced apartment with a view

Serviced apartments with a view in Bucharest

Bucharest seen from a suite with a view

I am being arrogant these days and and trust me, I have a good reason. I do have a room with a view. It’s not the movie, no, not at all but I  really have the good fortune to oversee Bucharest city from one of the upper floors windows in ONE88 Apartmentsone of the newest serviced apartments in town. The view is simply magnificent!

Behind the all endowments of the lovely suite that I stay in  these days, the image of an agitated city t is the best blessing I need.

Why ONE88 Apartments are different?

Some of you might know I explore Romania since there used to be a tour operator having the same name.  I ran the agency and well, as a former travel professional I used  to go from hotel to hotel  in order to know my “commodity”.

1 BEDROOM APARTMENT in ONE88
1 BEDROOM APARTMENT in ONE88

The number of accommodation spaces I have visisted last 5 years is countless. And , remember, I have always visited them with a critic eye.  Luckly for my sense of relaxation, The tourism period is long gone and I can always evaluate as a normal tourist does. Now, back to ONE88 Apartments and their differentiations:

  • The apartments are spacious. The smallest suite sums a surface  of around 40 sqm.
  • The luminosity of the apartments is overwhelming.  If you rememeber I mentioned “window”. Please Pardon me! I am speaking about  hight countless windows, all in row!
  • Apartments’ equipment:  the kitchens are fully endowed, all you ONE88 Apartments viewhave to do is take the benefit of all furniture.  Bathrooms have all the stuff you need, including toiletry. And the living space… well, once again: modern furniture, large TV set ( LED, unlike other places) cable TV, High speed wifi…  You name it and you shall recieve.
  •  Safety. There are serviced apartments around the city, but in this case all apartments under ONE 88 are under the same roof. Guests  benefit of 24/7 porter services, parking place  and other safety amenities  similar to hotels, but have the privacy and space of an apartment. 
  • Amenities withing the building  are different.  The facility has an amazing 350 sqm indoor playground  and above the building is a sky bar offering an amazing sunset view.

You all know that accommodation is always beyond words. Come and experience it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parties for Bachelors and Bachelorette party

Parties for Bachelors and Bachelorette party

 

You feel like spending your last weekend of freedom in a new Destination? Why won’t you chose Romania. I believe for many of you Romania sounds exotic. Believe me, by choosing a pre-wedding party in Romania, especially outdoor or country side, you will have an amazing surprise. There is much to explore, besides Dracula myth, which can be you party theme, you surely enjoy a beautiful scenery, an authentic country life and surprising beautiful medieval old towns across the entire country.

Plenty of adventures to chose from, incredible scenery!

 

Ideas for His Party: Bachelor Party

Outdoor adventure:

4X4 Offroad

Motorcycle Enduro

Zipline

Bungee jumping

Farm life

Partis:

Limo Party

Clubbing

Dracula Party

Wine tasting party

Pool party

Ideas for Her Party: Bachelorette Party

Life –Style:

Shopping

Spas

Dinner in Castle

Horse riding

Outdoor picnic

Professional photo session

Professional Make over

 

 

Parties:

Limo party

Clubbing

Dracula Party

Wine tasting party

Pool party

Pajamas party

You can chose one or have it all or at least a combination of most of them. You tell us your budget, the activities preferred by the person that you arrange the party for and I come with the proposal for your last escape  as a  not –married person.

 

 

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Access Magazine about us

Access Magazine about us

 

Annie Makoff, British journalist in love with Romania and a good friend of ours now, wrote an article about her  and her companion  experience  in Romania with Corina Stefan, I explore – Unexplored Holiday ( presently IXPR) representative.

Access Magazine is a UK magazine writing for people with special needs.

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Is accessible tourism possible in Romania

Is accessible tourism possible in Romania?  

 

 

 In 2013 Liliana Nicholas, at that reporter at Radio Romania News, made an interview about how enjoyable can be a person moving wheelchair vacation in Romania.

Liliana Nicholas managed in a balanced way to gather opinions of several individuals and organizations about the limitations of accessible tourism in Romania.

I was glad that the report was released, although the information is not the most pleasant. Finally, we and our co-speakers in the report have drawn alarm over  “accessibility”gaps. In future, we will make every effort to talk about the need and potential of tourism for people with special needs in our country.