There’s a lot to love about this remarkable country but here are the top 15 Things I Loved About Romania.
1 – Fresh produce and vegetables. Locally grown and organic is the norm. There’s mass produced stuff at the supermarket of course but you can still find a lot of locally grown produce, and it’s cheap.
2 – Haystacks. They don’t roll them in machines. Farmers stack them with pitchforks. Some get almost as high as a story! Just check it out below.
3 – People are kind and welcoming. People are nice in Romania. They’re welcoming and are sociable. You can ask for directions on the street, and you’ll be greeted with a smile.
4 – Brânză de burduf. A cheese made from sheep’s milk that’s aged in pine bark. It’s got a powerful aroma but it delicious and melts in your mouth. You have to try when you’re in Transylvania.
5 – Castles and Fortresses. Romania has many ancient castles and citadels including the very famous Bran aka., the Dracula Castle. One of the most beautiful castles I’ve seen is Corvin Castle. It’s plucked out of a fairy tale book!
6 – Maramures. A beautiful county within Romania that hosts quaint villages where centuries-old customs are still part of daily life. It’s also home to the Merry Cemetery and Barsana Temple.
7 – Transylvania. It’s one of the reasons most tourist go to the country. Soaring mountains, green rolling hills, and forests that jaunts over the horizon dominate the landscape. The scenery and vistas are amazing.
8 – The Carpathians. The whole mountain range cuts the country in half, and the landscapes are stunning.
9 – It’s easy to hitchhike. Hitchhiking is a legit way to travel around the country. The drivers generally open up and pick you without expecting anything in return.
10 – Young and progressive people. Most young Romanians I’ve met are very educated and knowledgeable about the world around them. They’re versed in the history and current events. It’s not uncommon to get into a deep conversation with a young Romanian, especially in Cluj-Napoca.
11 – Sarmarle. A dish made of pickled and cooked cabbage leaves wrapped around meat or a variety of other fillings. It’s Delicious. A must try when you’re in Romania.
12 – The beer is cheaper than water. Yes, a 2.5-liter bottle of local beer will run you 7 LEI ($1.70). I don’t know any other place where this holds true.
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13 – The LEI. You can scuba dive and run with it through an erupting volcano, and you won’t put a scratch on the Romania LEI. The money is virtually indestructible.
14 – The picturesque cities. Timisoara and Sibiu, to name a few. There’s a lot to love about cities in Romania. Each one offers a different feel and looks from one another. You will never feel like you’re in the same city anywhere in Romania.
15 – Harghita County. A country in Romania with a Szekler Hungarian majority. Green pastures and rolling hills make up the countryside. The culture is a little different and has a very different vibe than the rest of Romania. It shows how diverse the country is.