From amazing nature to rich city life, Romania has many exciting activities to try! Nature is impressive, with exquisite landscapes and diverse topography encompassing high mountains, such as the Carpathians in the middle of the country, plus hills, plateaus, plains, the world-renowned Danube Delta, and the Black Sea Coast.
The Romanian Carpathian Mountains (47% of the mountain chain is in Romania) are divided into three groups: the Eastern, Western, and Southern Carpathians, the last of which has the highest peaks, Moldoveanu (2544 m/8,346 feet) and Negoiu (2535 m/8,316 feet). In the mountains, enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, rock climbing, rafting, caving, canyoning, and gorge walking.
Along the 245 km of coastline at the Black Sea is a necklace of seaside resorts with something suitable for every taste and budget. The most famous ones are Mamaia, Năvodari, Mangalia, Neptun, Saturn, Venus, Olimp, Costinești, Eforie Nord, and Eforie Sud. The seaside’s — and one of Romania’s — most important cities’ is Constanța, a sparkling metropolis that combines millennial history with modernism and celebrates multi-culturalism. Where East meets and blends with the West, a spectacularly lively spirit is generated!
The Dolphinarium in Constanţa is a must-see. Established in 1972, it was the first Dolphinarium in southeastern Europe. You can watch performances with trained dolphins and sea lions at the indoor pool amphitheater. In addition to enjoying the sea, numerous water parks across the country offer another kind of water wellness: in the northern area of Bucharest, you’ll find southeastern Europe’s biggest spa and wellness center.
A wide range of festivals includes historic celebrations that bring ancient and medieval times back to life. Performing arts festivals include theatre or traditional, jazz, rock, classical, or electro music (as Untold, Neversea, Sunwaves, Saga, or Electric Castle). iMapp Bucharest is one of the largest 3D video mapping competitions in the world. It takes place every year in September, bringing design, and contemporary art, and show directly onto the 23,000 square meter façade of the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest.
City life in Romania is a big attraction for young travelers. Bucharest, the capital, also known as “The Little Paris of the East”, is a city of contrasts where historic buildings stand side by side with skyscrapers of glass and metal. The historic quarter has seen a renaissance in the last few years and become one of the capital’s most popular leisure districts. The fountains in Unirii Square offer a special show of music and lights every weekend evening between May 14 – October 2, 2022. Originally built in the late 80s and modernized in 2018, in 2019 the waterworks were recognized as the Longest Row of Synchronized Choreographic Fountains in the World by the World Record Academy, with a water surface of 16,200 m².
Horse-riding in the Carpathians
Cycling in the Carpathians
Traditional music festivals
Water sports at the Black Sea Coast
Experiencing traditional crafts
Hungry for a fulfilling cultural experience? Europe offers no shortage of delicious choices when it comes to food-centric festivals and gastronomy trails. From a bizarre city-sponsored tomato-throwing event in Buñol, Spain, to a celebration of oysters in Galway, Ireland, there is a food festival that is sure to please any palate.
From the virtuosos of the Renaissance to the modern masters, Europe has hundreds of museums and galleries to house them. Experience the movements that started in Europe, such as Surrealism with Salvador Dalí and Cubism with Picasso. Europe was the center of a revolution in art, the Renaissance.
Get your camera ready. Once you’ve laid eyes on Europe’s most charming mountain villages, you may not want to put it down. You also may not ever want to leave. These are the places that fairy tales are made of, only they happen to be real. From medieval villages in Spain to traditional timber chalets in Switzerland, to the towering mountain-side fortresses of San Marino, these small but fully functioning towns are waiting to warmly welcome visitors who appreciate their quaint style of living.
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