If you’re looking for reasons to visit Romania, then we give you not one, but 10 reasons to visit one of the most authentic and fascinating countries in Europe. You can be sure you’ll want to come back because there are simply too many great places to see and experiences to be lived. Our top 10 reasons to visit Romania brings you the highlights that make this country one of the best emerging travel destinations in Europe.
It’s the most bio-geographically diverse country in Europe
We’ve said it more than once, but here we go again. According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, Romania is the most bio-geographically diverse country in the European Union. This means a greater variety of landforms than any other country on the Old Continent.
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In terms of travel and tourism, this translates through almost endless ways of spending an active vacation in the middle of nature, from wildlife observation to kayaking, hiking and walking tours, caving or swimming, and the list can continue. Plus, in Romania, you’ll find the third largest biodiversity area in the world, the Danube Delta.
It offers a complete review of European history
Although Romania is not the star of any Hollywood movie featuring the Second World War or another event of that sort, this country’s past says a lot about the key episodes from Europe’s history. An ancient Dacian state, conquered by the Roman Empire almost 2,000 years ago, the territory of today’s Romania was fragmented for centuries in smaller self-governing provinces.
Sounds familiar? The union came after centuries of Ottoman, Russian and Habsburg domination, in a time when the nations of Europe were acknowledging their self-determination rights.
Romania resisted heroically in the First World War and recovered a great part of its current territory from neighboring empires. It was a prosperous kingdom under the dynasty of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1866-1947), but was one of the countries that suffered the most during and after the Second World War. Millions of people were unjustly arrested, sentenced, relocated or executed by the communist regime installed by the USSR. In a nutshell, we have ancient Roman colonists, medieval wars against the Ottomans, union movements, World Wars and communism.
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It’s more affordable than nearby countries
Romania has the advantage of offering the same quality for more reasonable prices comparing to other destinations in the same region. Many low-cost airlines are connecting the major cities of Romania, especially Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca, and renting a car, eating in a restaurant and booking a nice local guest house won’t make you broke after your vacation.
It still conserves unaltered rural landscapes
No one lives in Romania like they did centuries ago, at least not by choice or as a tourist attraction. If you see that advertised somewhere, stay away from the travel agency that’s trying to sell you anything of the kind.
What Romania still has, at least for now, are the unaltered rural landscapes with pesticide-free crops, remote mountain sheepfolds, traditional houses and a particular spirituality that’s, however, fading away unless we help these communities to become economically viable.
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It’s diverse and multicultural
One of the best reasons to visit Romania is its cultural diversity. You’ll eat ‘bors’ in Moldavia and ‘ciorba’ in the rest of the country, you’ll hear Hungarian and German in Transylvania and Turkish in Dobrogea, you’ll visit Orthodox, Evangelical and Catholic churches as well as synagogues and mosques.
You’ll see so many different architectural landscapes, that, in the end, you’ll feel like you’ve visited more destinations than just one.
It’s a mouth-watering gastronomic journey
Romanians enjoy large portions of food, and you’ll see this fast enough. They also enjoy meat and a variety of meat products and meat recipes, but our advice is to try the organic vegetables and fruits, the cheese specialties, the herbs and the local sweets. For the best gastronomic experience, stay at a local guest house that also offers home-cooked meals.
It will make you feel like a true explorer
If you’re harassed by all the selfie sticks street vendors and the crowds in front of all major or ‘best-kept secret’ attractions of famous destinations, in Romania you’ll feel like a true explorer.
The number of tourists is growing in big cities like Bucharest, but you won’t stay in line to take a photo, and you won’t queue in the burning soon, except to visit Bran Castle. But you shouldn’t go searching for Dracula there anyway.
It hosts some of the coolest music festivals in Europe
Romania is quickly becoming a popular destination for international music festivals, and if you’re a big fan of concerts this is one of the top reasons to visit Romania. From the well-established George Enescu Festival, one of the biggest classical music events in Europe, to the newcomer Untold Festival, the largest electronic music festival in the country, Romania’s cultural scene is becoming a travel destination by itself.
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It’s safe to visit
Despite the tabloid propaganda that intentionally or not promoted Romania as a dangerous destination, you shouldn’t imagine the worst. Romania is generally a safe country for tourists. Sure, it helps if you don’t ostentatiously display your money or jewels, but these are common sense safety measures you should take anywhere in the world.