Romania Vacations

Romania is located in Eastern Europe situated facing the Black Sea and north of the region known as the Balkan Peninsula. It's main regions include Transylvania, Banat, Oltenia, Southern Bukovina, Maramures, Crisana, Dobrogea, Moldavia and Muntenia. It's capital is Bucharest which has numerous monuments that were built during the regime of Ceausescu's. It is a moutaineous region that includes the Transylvanian Alps and the Carpathian Mountains. With it's border extending to the Black Sea it is a popular resort area. It also has a unique ecological landscape, Danube Delta, that surrounds the Danube River as it flows to the Black Sea. It is an area that is the habitat for over 300 species of birds plus 45 freshwater fish.

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Romania Vacations: Things to see while on vacation in Romania

Romania Geography

As the 12th largest country in Europe, Romania sits between the Black Sea, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Serbia, Moldova and Hungry. The country is mountainous in some areas, but also has mass low lands which feed to its agricultural heritage. The Carpathian Mountains call Romania home and stretch for well over 600 miles throughout the country. The mountain range is divided into three separate ranges in Romania, each with its own traits and unique factors, the Eastern, the Southern and the Western. As well, the Danube River ends in Romania, where the river divides into three branches, creating the Danube Delta. With 54 feet of beaches created each day, the delta continues to be an important place for biodiversity to be studied as it happens. The country is filled with a number of large rivers, and over 3500 small to medium lakes. No matter where you look, Romania has a connection to some body of water. The country is known for its connection to nature, and as you spend time in the many rolling hills and mountains you will be quick to discover the vast array of flora and fauna that call this country home.

Romania History and Culture

The history of Romania is one of the most complicated in Europe, and that is one of the reasons that this place is truly special. People have been living in present-day Romania for centuries, with the earliest recorded permanent settlements created by the Thracian tribes in the 1st century. Romania would be a place of conquest with the Romans, Huns and Goths fighting over the present-day nation. Romanian rule would start to reach a peak during the middle ages, Transylvania was under the Hungarian Crown, but Wallachia would soon become the first Romanian principality in the area. The country would fall in and out of the hands of the various European and Ottoman rulers for some time, but finally in the 1850’s Romanian uprisings started to produce a state that would soon become unified. Throughout the wars, Romania prospered, but with the balance of power shifting, the Romanian nation would soon come under Communist control. The nation essentially became a puppet state of the Soviet Union, and this would remain so until 1989. The Romanian revolution of 1989 was a bloody one but was successful. Over 1000 people were killed, but the success led to a free and independent Romania. Today, Romania is part of the European Union and is one of the most successful ex-Soviet satellites in the area.

The culture of Romania is truly unique. It combines its location and various influencers into a colourful yet forceful culture that has continued throughout the various periods of conquest. It is thought that their culture comes from the Romans, Dacians, Slavs and Illyrians that were the predecessor of the Romanians. The culture of Romania is deeply connected to music and dance, and no matter where you look, you will be able to hear and see this connection. The food in Romania also borrows from those who conquered this nation at one time or another. From the Romans, comes placinta, the Turks brought meatballs and their delicious soup, from the Greeks come musaca and hot pretzels, from the Bulgarians, come zacusca and other vegetable dishes and finally from the Hungarians come ornate pastries.

Romania Landmarks

*Churches of Moldova
The eight churches of Moldavia are some of the most beautiful churches that you will see in Romania. The external walls are covered in Fresco paintings that represent the complete cycle of religious themes. These eight churches are, the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist Church, The Assumption of the Virgin and of Saint George’s Chuch, The Church of the Ammuniciation, Sacred Cross Church, Saint Nicolas Church, Saint John the New Monastery of Suceava, Saint George’s Church of the former, and the Church of the Resurrection.

*Dacian Fortresses of the Orastie Mountains
The collection of church and military architecture surprisingly works in this mass of fortresses in the Orastie Mountains. These buildings were constructed to stop foreign militaries from conquering this amazing land, and throughout your journey, through the fortresses, you will notice the fortresses change with time. The strongest fortress was Costesti-Blidaru Dacian Fortress, a building that withheld a number of hostile takeovers. As well, there is the Samizegesusa Regia, the Costesti-Cetatuie Dacian fortress, Piatra Rosie Dacian fortress and the Dacian fortress of Banita.

*The Peles Castle
Constructed in 1914, this truly amazing landmarks has been the home of relaxation and leisure for the old Romanian monarchs. Located 27 miles from Brasov, this amazing castle will make for some great pictures. Designed by Karel Liman and Joannes Shultz, every detail has been sketched out to perfection. Make sure to check out the imperial bedroom, it is simply the most impressive room in the building with exquisite decorations and a chandelier made of Bohemian Crystal. As well, the theatre room, council room, arms room and living room allows you a glimpse of royalty at the turn of the century.