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Romania is one of the largest countries and latest addition to the European Union states, located in South Eastern Europe between hilly Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea with the largest river Danube delta in Europe listed as World Heritage-site.

 

Romania with it's turbulent past history is catching up fast and developing into modern democratic republic, divided in to forty-one individual administrative counties.

In this article in stead listing them all I would like to describe Romania by the main regions as in each of them there is something worth seeing as in:

Bucovina, northern region of Romania with famous monasteries and churches which outer services are covered in decorative frescoes dating back to the 16th century and are under UNESCO Heritage-site with main city Succeava, which in the past was a medieval capital of Moldavia

Moldavia, North east region (bordering with one of the poorest European country - also Moldavia) with iconic Byzantine painted churches and the oldest Romanian university, a cultural and academic capital centre in Iasi.

Maramures, bordering with Moldawian region of northern Romania and the area is a living museum of tradition and folklore costume, where small villages are the priority and centre of everyday life and guests, tourist are invited, well recived by the local community. The best town to visit is Bia Mare and Sighetu Marmatiei with buildings from around 14 century, visit museums of Ethnography, Archeology or Mineralogy or join in an adventure trip throgh the mountains routs for hiking, skiing, fishing and rowing. Can also head to the village of Viseul de Sus to join a trip on a ciu-ciu steam train from 1930 taking you through the mountainous and unspoiled countryside of forests.

Banat-Crisana, northen region of Romania with its well known cityin Banat region of Timasora, where the first shoots were heard of the December 1998 Romanian Revolution at the Opera Square, and in Crisana region city of Oradea with mixed architectual styles of old Renaissance, Baroque and new, modern structures are raised side by side.

Transylvania, resembles fortress surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains being one of the oldest (Dacia Kingdom) regions with its magnificent, historical medieval cities as Sibiu also known as Hermanstadt the cultural European city of 2007, Cluj - Napoca baring the name Cluj of the ancient Dacian citadel, Sighisoara hosting annually International Medieval Art Fairs, and a city with the only citadel with nine defence towers in Europe from medieval era still occupied and inhabited today. Transylvania is full legends region, where the reinvention of the Dracula-themed Bran Castle is located, 'Dracula' character based on a local boy, a great military leader Vlad Dracul, also known as Vlad the Impaler, and city of Brasov most popular mountain zone in Translovinian Alps.

Dobruja, is the Black sea coast of southern Romania region, known as the Romanian "Riviera", which is 50 km long providing seaside accommodation and facilities along the 8km of sandy seashore in the best resort of Constanta with ancient Greek historical forts like Histria and Adamclisi. Discover also the mysterious wetlands places along the Danube Delta Biosphere Reservation, listed as World Heritage-site, which can be approached from Sulina or Chilia villages.

Walachia, central and southern region of Romania geographically having best of both worlds, as the hilly Southern Carpathians Mountains to the north-west and Danube river to the south-east. As the oldest region of Romania it also has extensive history and legendary tales together with its largest cities and capital of Romania which is Bucharest. As this region is varied from the geographical prospective it would be impossible for me to list the best tourist attraction here, but if you are going to visit Romania, make search your self by city location that you are going to visit as tourist and cultural information is updated daily. Main cities in Walachia region are: Bucharest, Craiova, Târgoviste and Ploiesti.

Romanian language might be difficult to learn at a short notice but majority of young Romanian people speak English, but do take small dictionary with you as you never know might come back with few Romanian words as souvenir.

The Romanian currency is the leu (lei), which comes in banknotes as: 1 leu, 5 lei, 10 lei, 50 lei, 100 lei, 200 lei and 500 lei and small coins are Bani available in 1, 2, 5, 10 and 50. Always change money in a bank where the exchange rate is approximately £1 = 4.80 lei.

 

For the best and up to date free information on cultural and social events around Romania visit In your pocket guide books on line or pick up one from your hotel or restaurants around the city.

Did you know!
That Romania has been one of the first countries in the world to introduce automobile into their traffic? Two steam cars for goods transport built by the French company Gardner Serpollet had been driving through Bucharest since 1885.

See also mpworks Romanian travel stock photography at alamy
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