#01 THE CARPATHIANS

Stunning mountain scenery, under two hours from the capital.

#02 SIGHISOARA

Beautiful medieval citadel in the heart of Transylvania, with authentic Dracula connections.

#03 BUCHAREST

Hectic traffic, Stalinist architecture, pretty residential streets and good dining and nightlife.

#04 SIBIU

Beautiful architecture, terrific museums and fabulous festivals make the once great Saxon town of Sibiu an alluring destination.

#05 WOLF AND BEAR TRACKING

Follow the footprints of Europe’s largest wolf and bear population on a tracking safari.

#06 BRASOV

Full of Gothic and Baroque architecture, Brasov has a beautiful old town and a dramatic mountain backdrop.

#07 FORTIFIED CHURCHES

Scattered among the lush hills of southern Translyvania are dozens of marvellous fortified churches.

#08 PELES CASTLE, SINAIA

Once a refuge for Ceauşescu and visiting dignitaries, Peleş remains the country’s most opulent palace.

#09 DANUBE DELTA

This remote and beautiful landscape is teeming with fabulous wildlife, and promises some of the finest birdwatching in Europe.

#10 BLACK SEA

Strewn with lively resorts and sandy beaches, the Black Sea coast offers everything from wakeboarding to kayaking, while Constanţa is a cultural hub with a fine restaurant scene.

#11 CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI

Romania’s greatest sculptor has bequeathed an impressive legacy of striking works of art, such as the Endless Column in Târgu Jiu.

#12 SKIING

Hit the slopes in Poiana Braşov, or at one of the country’s other popular, good-value centres.

#13 BUCOVINA HILLS

Cloaked in beech, fir and pine, the gorgeous rolling Bucovina hills are a walker’s paradise.

#14 VISEU DE SUS TRAIN RIDE

Jump aboard the early-morning logging train for a meandering ride up the picturesque Vaser valley.

#15 MEASUREMENT OF THE MILK FESTIVAL

At this enjoyable and unusual spectacle, Transylvanian shepherds vie to see who has the most productive animals.

#16 MERRY CEMETERY, SAPANTA

True to its name, the Merry Cemetery is a riot of beautifully carved and brightly coloured wooden headstones.

#17 VILLAGE HOMESTAYS

Wonderful rural retreats offering cheap, friendly and relaxing accommodation, and great home-cooked food.

#18 WOODEN CHURCHES OF MARAMURES

The beguiling landscape of this isolated region is dominated by marvellous wooden churches.

#19 TIMISOARA

The crucible of the 1989 revolution, this most cosmopolitan of Romanian cities promises handsome architecture, fine parks and a vibrant arts scene

#20 SHEEP’S CHEESE

Fresh from the highland pastures, a sample of tasty sheep’s cheese is a must.

#21 FAGARAS MOUNTAIN HIKING

The spectacular peaks of the Făgăraş provide access to some rewarding hikes.

#22 DRACULA

The Princely Court at Târgoviște is just one of many sites linked to the Dracula legend.

#23 PAINTED MONASTERIES

The monasteries of southern Bucovina and Moldavia are renowned for their magnificent exterior frescoes.

#24 FOLK AND GYPSY MUSIC

Don’t miss the wild, irrepressible sounds of Romanian folk and Gypsy music.

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