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Cheap Flights to Romania

While medieval castles, dark forests and Dracula are the images that come to mind when one mentions this country, Romania is actually considered by many as the most beautiful country in Eastern Europe. Vampire hunters aside, Romania is increasing becoming a popular tourist destination for its diverse outdoor activities in its many excellent ski resorts, the Danube Delta and the scenic Carpathian Mountains.

The country is situated in the north of the Balkan Peninsula on the western shores of the Black Sea. It is bordered by Bulgaria to the south, Serbia to the southwest, Hungary to the northwest, Moldova to the northeast and Ukraine in both the north and the east.

It is home to a population of over 20 million people, a large majority of which are native Romanians. The official language of Romania is Romanian. French and English are spoken by most of its people. Most educated Romanians also speak other Romance languages, such as French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Bucharest, the capital and gateway to Romania is a rapidly-growing city with many large infrastructure projects changing the old face of the city. Bucharest today, is an interesting mix of old and new. Finding a 300 year old church, a steel-and-glass office building and Communist-era apartment blocks next to one another is a common sight. Bucharest offers some excellent attractions, and has, in recent years, cultivated a sophisticated, trendy, and modern sensibility. The Bucharest nightlife in unparalleled in Eastern Europe, with its stylish restaurants and many clubs and bars.

Major Attractions

Transylvania is the most famous region of Romania and home to Bran or Count Dracula’s Castle. The area has plenty of medieval buildings and towns, dark forests and snowy peaks. It is a region that is experiencing rapid economical development, with its vibrant cities, huge shopping centers and modern infrastructure projects. Sibiu is one of the most beautiful cities in Transylvania and has one of the best preserved historical sites in the country. It is also here where you can find the impressive Făgăraş mountains.

Danube Delta, Europe’s second largest river delta, is a popular destination for nature lovers. River cruises and ferry services along the Danube are available.

Maramures in the northern-most region of Romania is best known for its quaint villages, traditional wooden churches and beautiful Carpathian mountain sceneries.

Built in 1932, the narrow-gauge railway and the steam powered locomotives, Mocanita, in Viseu de Sus are one of the most remarkable railway heritage attractions in Romania and in Eastern Europe. It was first used to transport timber from the forests of the Carpathian Mountains and their foothills and is now a popular tourism feature.

Moldavia offers a pleasant blend of historical cities, medieval fortresses and churches. A prominent feature of Moldavia are its Roman Orthodox churches which were built between 1487 and 1583 and are now listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The churches’ internal and external walls are covered in beautiful well-preserved frescoes and murals in religious themes. Truly a worthwhile visit.

Note that Romania is one of the most religious countries in Europe, with the strong presence of the Orthodox church. Conservative dress is expected when visiting churches and monasteries for their beauty and history.

Eating and Shopping

Romanian cuisine is a diverse blend from several traditions and regional influences as from the neighbouring countries. A Romanian favorite is sarmale, which is minced meat wrapped in cabbage leaves and paired with with polenta and sour cream. Stews and thick soups made with different chicken and pork in addition to various vegetables are also a common feature of the local cuisine. Another dish worth trying is the fish borsch, a sour soup made of fish and water taken from the Danube.

Flights to Romania

Bucharest's Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport is the country’s largest airport. It has flights to nearly all the major cities in Europe, to the Middle East and other Romanian cities. International carriers and low cost airlines operate flights on this airport.

The Traian Vuia International Airport in Timisoara, the second largest in the country, has flights to several cities in Europe as well as to various cities in Romania. Cluj-Napoca International Airport, as the largest airport in Transylvania it is served by a growing number of flights from various European destinations. Romania also has several other smaller airports which are served by some regional and international flights.

Getting Around

As the second-largest country in Central Europe, getting around the country can be very tedious. Air travel is generally preferred for greater distances within Romania.

Trains are also a good option for long distance travel as Romania has a very dense rail network that reaches practically most towns in the different regions. In the Romanian towns and cities, you can easily find bus services.

Romania is a dynamic country rich in history, arts and scenic natural beauty. It offers diverse and countless travel experiences that are just waiting to be discovered. Plan your trip now and choose the best flight using Skyscanner Philippines.

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