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    7 Reasons why we love Romania

    This is why we love Romania.

    7 Reasons why we love Romania

    If you have followed our trip through Romania, it wouldn’t surprise you to learn that we absolutely loved our time there. A little off the current tourist trail of Europe, Romania isn’t the kind of place that get a lot of attention from the mainstream travel community; However, we think this is something that definitely needs to change as Romania is a perfect travel destination for anyone looking for something a little different in Europe.

    Here are some of the reasons that we love Romania – and why we think you will too!

    Picture Perfect Town Squares

    Much like Poland, Romania’s town squares still feel like they are there for a reason other than to house crappy restaurants and souvenir shops. Big or small, every town has at least one large, beautiful square – and the vast majority of these still exist as the centres of everyday life for your average Romanian. Plus they are just so darn beautiful!

    Piata Mare is one of the most beautiful in all of Romania
    Piata Mare is one of the most beautiful in all of Romania
    Beauty of Romania
    Photographer: Aurel Paduraru
    Piata Unirii – Just one of Timisoara’s great town squares.
    Piata Unirii – Just one of Timisoara’s great town squares.

    Amazing Food

    Romania may not be the first place that comes to mind when talking about great food in Europe, but it definitely should be. Whether you want down-to-earth cooking the way mamma used to do it, or you’re looking for fancy fine dining – Romania has it all. And at great prices to boot. Much of this relates to the huge farming community still in existence in Romania, and it means you can barely walk 10 feet down a street without coming to a place literally bursting at the seams with fresh fruits and vegetables or freshly-butchered meats and cheeses.

    romanian food soup
    romanian food
    romanian food shrimps

    Ease of Transportation

    After being in the Balkans for a month, Romania’s transportation system came as a welcome relief. With frequent (and constantly improving) train and bus systems, you can get just about anywhere in the country fairly easily. Train travel is still much slower than other places in Europe, but the scenery outside more than makes up for it. Plus tickets are very affordable compared to western prices.

    Friendly People

    A trend that has been evident in almost all of the Central and eastern European countries that we’ve visited is the friendly attitudes of the people that live in these places. And this definitely held true in Romania as well. From old ladies teaching Travis Romanian to people giving us directions when lost, people seemed eager to help and never looked for anything in return.

    Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț

    Architectural Wonderland

    The amazing architecture of Europe is one of the main reasons that millions of tourists flock there each year. Coming from North America, it is surreal to stare up at gorgeous baroque or renaissance buildings that have existed for longer than Canada was a country. But Romania seems intent on one-upping the rest of the continent. From the huge spired mansions that cover Transylvania, to oversized squares encircled with colourful buildings, to fortified churches and castles – Romanians seem to be in some sort of a competition to build even more inspired architectural designs than those that surround them.

    So many colourful and beautiful buildings!
    So many colourful and beautiful buildings!
    Cantacuzino Castle Romania
    Cantacuzino Castle Romania @ Photographer: Incrosnatu Dănuț

    Beautiful Natural Landscapes

    One of the things we’ve been most surprised about on our trip, and one thing that held true in Romania, was the amazing natural landscapes we encountered. Romania is the kind of country that takes you from high mountain passes to flat “prairie-like” terrain and back again in less than an hour. Bears and wolves will even come into some cities to look for food – there’s not many places like that left in Europe.

    The view from atop Rasnov Fortress
    The view from atop Rasnov Fortress
    Clopotiva paraglading Romania
    Clopotiva @ Photographer: Incrosnatu Dănuț
    Romanian forest
    Photographer Încrosnatu Dănuț.
    The forest surrounding Rasnov
    The forest surrounding Rasnov
    Romanian forests
    Photographer Încrosnatu Dănuț.
    Dambovicioara Romania
    Photographer încrosnatu Dănuț
    Retezat national park
    Retezat national park @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
    Clopotiva Romania
    Clopotiva Romania @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
    The Sphinx of Romania Bucegi
    The Sphinx of Romania Bucegi @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
    Moeciu de sus Romania
    Moeciu de sus @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
    Barn @ Moeciu de sus Romania
    Moeciu de sus @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
    Parâng Mountains
    Parâng Mountains @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.
    sheep flaock Parâng Mountains
    Parâng Mountains @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.

    It still feels Authentic

    Because of the lack of tourism, Romania is one of the rare places that seems to be holding on to its authenticity. People traveling by horse-and-cart is not an uncommon sight in the country, and this provides a nice respite from much of the continent. So often we hear travelers looking for places where they can still get an authentic travel experience – well Romania might be a place to consider!

    Transportation you are still likely to see in Transylvania
    Transportation you are still likely to see in Transylvania
    Vama Veche Romania
    Vama Veche Romania @ Photographer: Încrosnatu Dănuț.

    Honestly, we feel like we barely scratched the surface during our 2 weeks in Romania – and that’s because we did just barely scratch the surface. Romania is a huge country with so many different amazing places to explore, and it is definitely a place we can see ourselves coming back to!

    Have you ever been to Romania? What did you like or dislike about the country?

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