- A Short Guide For Holidaymakers by Jimi St Pierre
Romania is a country of great
variety, history and culture - probably the most beautiful and interesting
of the Eastern European states. It is a country which is friendly to visitors,
welcoming and beautiful - in many ways, a land that time forgot.
enjoy the "real" Romania, the best accommodation in Romania is in simple
yet comfortable inns, boutique hotels and farm houses spread across the
alluring regions of Transylvania, Maramures and Moldavia.
Idyllic holidays are to be
had in the rural heartland of Romania, which is really the life and soul
of the country, and is where the culture and ethos of Romania were created.
A great idea is to join an
escorted small group for a tour of Transylvania - ideal for first time
visitors to the country. Such a tour can provide a unique insight into
the people and culture of Romania.
these ideas for variety and fascination? Visit the largest Gothic church
in Eastern Europe - The Black Church of Brasov; bear-track by night; walk
the cobbled streets, intimate courtyards and wide stone staircases of Sibiu,
European Capital of Culture for 2007; meet a tinsmith Gypsy family in the
magical, memorable, fairytale town of Sighisoara; enjoy a traditional Transylvanian
dinner in Viscri, famed for its fortified church and its links with Prince
Charles; enjoy a horse and cart ride to a sheepfold; and get to know Bucharest's
Parisian-inspired parks, buildings and elegant avenues.
And there's more! Head north
to Maramures surrounded mostly by mountains and blessed with fertile valleys.
The region is renowned for its 17th and 18th century spindly wooden churches
and here the visitor will be enchanted by fairytale hamlets, country fairs
and artisans who still maintain the ancient art of their given trades.
Enjoy a stay with Popica - a famous Romanian musician-turned-farmer - whose
wife specialises in the tasty local dishes. Their farm is an ideal base
for walks through the countryside and to the nearby Nature Reserve set
amidst the surrounding mountains.
Meantime, the Painted Churches
of southern Bucovina, in northern Moldavia, are among the greatest artistic
treasures of Europe and are all designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- simply stunning and well worth the trip.
Moldovians have a reputation
for being a very generous and hospitable people, which is only too evident
when exploring this area.
Whichever region you choose
for your holiday in Romania, each has a distinct character and atmosphere,
which is why multi-centre holidays in Romania are always a popular option.
About the Author - Jimi St.Pierre
in association with travel editor Penny Church, has collaborated with Sunvil
- the "real Romania" - to produce this article. Find Sunvil brochures online
with holiday brochure finder Travelwhere at http://www.travelwhere.co.uk
, where you will also find a wide range of holiday brochures featuring
Romania and other major holiday destinations.