The land of Dracula is protected by the magnificent Carpathian Mountains, stretching through the very heart of the country. Its rocky peaks are surrounded by lush forests, beautiful rolling hills, numerous rivers and lakes. It’s the land of fortified churches, painted monasteries, and former Saxon settlements. The Danube Delta, the most unique protected biodiverse wetland in the world, further solidifies Romania’s reputation as an incredibly versatile place to visit.
Roads and Riding
In general, the traffic in Romania is low, with “easy rider” roads and nice scenery. Major routes can be newly paved for long stretches, or they can be old rough road, with potholes and puddles. Minor routes are mostly rough asphalt or dirt tracks. Riding gets exhilaratingly fast sometimes, with long corners and good asphalt, and once you ride the Transfagarasan, snaking its way through the highest mountains in Romania, with its sweeping, fast bends and amazing scenery, you’ll be sure you are in bikers’ Nirvana.
Climate and Environment, When to Go
Temperatures can vary greatly in Romania; the climate ranges from temperate to continental. Summers are generally very warm to hot; still, at higher elevations, snow lingers as late mid- May (the Transfagarasan doesn’t open until June). Late spring and early fall provide a perfect riding climate for all areas. The roads are mostly low in traffic and perfect for riding anytime.
Sights, People, Food and Drink
Bustling Bucharest is home to Romania’s best museums. Former Saxon towns Sighisoara, Sibiu, and Brasov evoke medieval life of small picturesque villages, wooden masterpieces and ancient Dacian ruins. The wild scent of Transylvania, resting in the embrace of magnificent Carpathians, among the undisturbed forests, makes a total opposite of the medieval towns. Romanians are fun, loving, warm, hospitable and with an innate sense of humor.
Their cuisine is as diverse as the country itself. It is influenced by different cultures, from ancient Greeks to the Turks, who for centuries dominated Romania, as well as Slavic and Magyar neighbors. Together with some authentic delicious wine, Romanian cuisine gives you another reason to enjoy its delights.
Facts for the Traveler
|Land area:||238,391 sq km
|National currency:||Romanian leu|
Romanian Orthodox 86.8%, Roman Catholic 4.5 %, Protestant
|Time zone:||Eastern European Time (GMT+2)|
|International dialing number:||Country code: 40, international access code: 00|
|Visa:||Tourists from most countries (EU, USA, etc) do not need visa. A valid passport is required only.|
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