Romania

Recovering quickly from its socialist past and state developed generic tourist resorts along the Black Sea, Romania is busy promoting its numerous countryside attractions. Dracula’s medieval castle in Transylvania comes to mind; but Romania has plenty of other magnificent fortified churches and castles, a remnant of the Saxon influence during the 13th and 18th centuries. Many of them are now designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. Centuries-old villages and beautiful monasteries complete the cultural landscape.

Romania has a large landmass of ~238,400 square kilometres and share a boarder with Moldova to the East, Ukraine to the North, Hungry and Serbia to the West and Bulgaria to the North. Romania also has small coastline of 225 kilometres kissing the blacksea. As of 2015, Romania had a population of 21.6 million people.

In 2013, Romania welcomed more than 8 million international tourists for the first time. When visiting Romania keep in mind that one quarter of the country is covered in forests and wildlife such as bear, lynx, deer and wolf can still roam freely. In the southeast, the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve boasts the largest biodiversity in Europe and is a haven for birdwatchers.

Romania’s numerous mineral and thermal springs are the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing treatment, and its wineries offer some exceptional wines for every taste, not to be found outside the country’s borders.