TRAVEL GUIDE to ROMANIA
This is your ultimate travel guide to Romania!
Everybody loves their native country. Am I right? Even if I parted ways with my country and moved to France a while ago, I am still very fond of it.
I am still Romanian at heart, I still feel and love like a Romanian. And I am very proud of my roots. I will do my best to show you all the hidden gems of my beloved native country and tell you all the secrets of our culture. We have a very rich culture, a mix of Balcanic gastronomy, and a very diverse landscape and biodiversity.
You might not know Romania, but for sure you know Transylvania and Dracula. Well, I come from Transylvania. People in France often call me Draculina.
Despite the association with Dracula, you will find here a mix of unique history, spectacular nature, charming medieval cities and castles, and surprising architecture. Trust me, Romania is worth visiting.
Wildlife watching. Here you will find the largest population of brown bears in the EU. Its forests are also a prime habitat for lynxes, wolves, deer, chamois, badgers, and more. The Danube Delta is the ultimate birdwatcher’s paradise. The bison reservations are a must-visit for any wildlife lover.
Legends and customs. Well, the first one you already know, even if it’s not a Romanian one: is Dracula. Anyhow, in Romania, legends and customs are still alive, particularly around religious feasts. Nearly everyone will receive caroller at Christmas, paint eggs red and knock them on Easter and smear their door and window sills with garlic on St. Andrew to keep the evil spirits at bay.
SAY HELLO IN ROMANIA:
Buna ziua = Good day – the formal way
Salut/Ceau = Hello – the informal way, like the French Salut or Italian Ciao
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When in ROMANIA
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European Union: Romania became a Member State of the European Union on 1 January 2007, within the established timetable, thus completing a process initiated in the mid-’90s.
Romania’s accession, together with the accession of Bulgaria, on 1 January 2007, concluded the fifth wave of enlargement of the Union, which had started on 1 May 2004 with the accession of eight Central and Eastern European countries, as well as Cyprus and Malta.
Language: The official language in Romania is Romanian. While Romanian is the only official language at the national and local levels, there are 14 other living languages in Romania. The Romanian laws include linguistic rights for all minority groups that form over 20% of the population. Hungarian is the largest minority language in Romania.
Romi makes up the second largest minority in Romania. Dialects of Romani spoken include Balkan Romani, Vlax Romani, and Carpathian Romani. The Romani (also spelled Romany or Rromani /ˈroʊməni/, /ˈrɒ-/), colloquially known as the Romi, are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group, traditionally nomadic itinerants. They live in Europe and Anatolia and have diaspora populations located worldwide, with significant concentrations in the Americas.
Currency: Romania has its own currency, Romanian Leu (RON) which literally means Romanian Lion.
Card Payments and Cash Withdrawals:
Romania is predominately a cash-focused society, nevertheless, you will have no problem using your credit card when in big cities.
ATM: they are easy to find everywhere in big cities, you just look around you and you will find a Bank with an ATM machine.
Connexion: Romania’s internet infrastructure is highly developed and competitive, having the top connection speed in the region. It also comes in the 4th position out of 175 countries by average fixed broadband speed, with 205.89 Mbps in February 2021, twice faster than the global 97.52 Mbps average.
If you are from the EU, roaming is free of charge. You can call and connect to your mobile data as if you were in your country of origin without extra costs.
Railroads: Romania is well connected with the European railway network. There are daily international trains from Bucharest, like Venice, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Belgrade, Sofia, Varna, Thessaloniki, and Istanbul.
The maximum speed that a train can reach in Romania is between 140-160 km/h, but only on some sections, about 5% of the railway network.
Luxury train Orient Express passes through Romania making two stops in Sinaia and Bucharest, crossing the country twice.
Plugs: Plugs are Type C and F. Romania operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz standard frequency.
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Best Time to visit
The most visited season in Romania is SUMMER, from June to August, especially for the Black Sea, but there is also a high peak of tourism in the winter, for skiing and other winter activities.
If you want to visit Bucharest, I recommend you go in Spring or Autumn. If you go around the 1st of May, you will have nice weather and all locals will go to the Black Sea, as it’s Bank Holiday in Romania. You will find a beautiful, deserted Bucharest, just for you to enjoy. Summers can get excessively hot, and even if you’re someone who loves the heat, it can get quite overwhelming.
WINTER in Romania is as spectacular as Summer. I know some people that will argue with me, saying it’s even prettier.
In the plains of Romania, there are about thirty days of snowfall per year. Winters are quite cold, with average highs no more than 3 °C (37.4 °F) and below −15 °C (5 °F) in the highest mountains.
Romania offers a large variety of scenery and winter activities, starting from Skiing or Snowboarding in the Carpathians, and visiting some of the most beautiful cities during winter time in Romania: Sibiu, Sinaia, and Brasov.
Previously ranked in the top 10s of Europe’s most idyllic and charming cities, Sibiu is definitely one of Romania’s top destinations to visit in winter.
The most beautiful Winters in Romania, are definitely in the mountains. If you are a mountain explorer, this is a must.
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