Travel to Romania?
Good to know before you go
Romania is an emerging destination tourism market scene. The fact is that Romania meets plenty of criteria for tourists to love it: amazing nature, long and brave history, authentic folklore and rich and beautiful culture.
On the other hand, Romania is interesting for corporate travel as well. Soon as the fall of communism (1989), the gate to capitalism offered plenty of opportunities for companies world-wide. After joining EU in January 2007 Romania became part of the enlarged market.
Romania travel facts and advice :
- Situated in the South- Eastern (Central) side of Europe, on the edge of Balkans, Romania is a Latin language country, a Latin enclave in surrounding Slavic language speaking countries.
- The official spoken language is Romanian. As the territory between borders sums of 231 thousands squared km (actually 238,391 km²), the country is not a small one as many tourists believe (for comparison, the United Kingdom surface is 243.610 km²).
- Bucharest, its capital, is situated in the southern side of the country, 70 km away from Bulgaria. Bucharest is also the largest city and of Romania with 2 million inhabitants (around 10% of the population). On the other hand, the capital accounts as the main economical city of Romania with app. 20% of county’s GDP.
- The closest airport to Bucharest is Henri Coanda Airport, situated outside Otopeni town, 20 km away from the centre of the capital. It takes around 30-40 minutes of private airport transfers to get from hotel in center of Bucharest to Henri Coanda-Otopeni, depending on traffic conditions.
- The local currency is RON (Romanian New Leu). As an interesting thing, “leu” in Romanian means “lion” and its power is very much dependable on EURO. As an advice to exchanging money, while travelling to Romania chose to exchange money at local banks, withdraw from ATMs and avoid the Exchange houses close to airports or Train stations. Usually, the best currency exchange are offered by Alpha and Idea Banks. If you consider paying the airport transfers, Primus Trans accepts Visa and Master card, so you don’t have to exchange.
- Local time is – 7 h EST (USA time) / +2 GMP (UK/ European time zone).
- Climate is four seasonal with cold, snowy winters and hot sunshine during summers.
- 84% of population is mainly Romanian. Other ethnic groups areHungarian (6%), Roma, German, most of them keeping language and cultural customs and enriching Romania heritage. Romania is an inclusive country and the authenticity of its local rural life and spirit derives from the presence of other ethnicities on Romanian homeland. As examples, Saxons in Transylvania (German) in central Romania, “lipovean” – Russian speaking Romanian citizen in Danube Delta.
- Romanian is a semi-presidential country, based on two chambers: Chamber of Deputies and Senate. Chamber of Deputies is sheltered into the magnificent Palace of Parliament, the second largest building in the world. Cotroceni Palace is the presidency building and visiting the museum with the same name is one of our travel recommendations.
- The main cities where people travel for business: Bucharest, Cluj, Brasov, Constanta, Sibiu, Timisoara.
Romania as travel destination
For a long time tourists travelled to Romania in order to visit Bran Castle, as they considered it Dracula’s citadel after reading Bram Stoker’s novel or seen the omonime movie. Latest years Romania become more and acknowledged as as a complex travel destination and Dracula became a shade pale, behind the authentic folclkore and unique traditional villages.
The beauty of the countryside, especially the most- acknoledged Saxon Transylvania, the global culture and UNESCO Heritage, the fact that Sibiu was European Cultural capital in 2007 shifted Romania from the country of Dracula to Romania as an important emergent tourism destination.
Another fact that transforms Romania into a complete travel destination is the geography. In fact, this country has it all: beautiful Carpathian Mountains, scenic hilly landscapes, beaches on Black Sea shore and amazing Danube Delta, part of natural UNESCO Heritage.
With a history dating back to Dacian times, passing through Romans and a tumultuous medieval period, Romania has a rich culture and cultural heritage and artefacts. From the citadels of Transylvania, the Romanian Brancovenesc style in the southern side of Romania (where once was Wallachia), the painted monasteries of Moldavia (also UNESCO cultural heritage), or the wooden churches in Maramures (UNESCO heritag as well), Romania is also an integral cultural destination.
Romania can satisfy the taste of any tourist preference or experience. The one who wants to get suntan on the beach can transfer from Bucharest to Constanta within couple of hours. Travellers interested in culture can travel point to point, from one sightseeing to another, from Bucharest to Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara or even to remote Maramures. Active persons can enjoy either mountaineering, canoeing, skiing in Carpathians. Nature observers would enjoy Danube Delta or brown bear sanctuary in Zarnesti (Brasov). Ladies who are looking for health and wellness packages find in Romania a treasure of natural treatments or the original Ana Aslan cure against aging at affordable prices. Even better, Therme, the largest wellness centre in Europe, 20 km away from Bucharest, is a place for the entire family.
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