Romania

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Castle in Romania

Castle in Romania

The first thing that comes to mind for many when considering Romania is the allure of Transylvania and the story of Dracula.

However, the reality of Romanian adventures is so much more interesting and exciting once you get past the fiction and discover all of the natural beauty, fascinating culture and exotic experiences to be explored.

Yes, you can certainly find interesting tours that focus on Transylvania and the bizarre legend of the vampire, but there’s much more to Transylvania including a variety of picturesque landscapes, incredible wildlife and historical accounts of intrigue more captivating than the folklore.

And don’t forget that Romania will give you a full menu of exhilarating activities from white water rafting and paragliding to cultural and eco tours… and just about anything you can imagine in between.

The regal Carpathian Mountains are filled with brown bears, wolves and lynxes, and if you enjoy a watery retreat you can head off to the white sandy beaches of the Black Sea, which are perfect for family holidays.

Or you can explore one of Europe’s best kept secrets when you visit the Danube Delta which is a phenomenal conservation area where you can experience nature at its pristine best.

The bottom line: Romania may not be one of the most talked about European adventure travel destinations, but that’s beginning to change. There are simply too many quality adventures in this land of wonder and mystery to be ignored.

Video: paragliding over the gorgeous Romanian countryside.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Picture yourself in a medieval castle. The sun is going down and you’ve just been listening to the entrancing tales of Dracula. Now that you’re in his homeland of Transylvania you become captivated by the stories, and with the looming darkness you’re becoming more aware of your austere surroundings.

You hear a creaking door behind you that sends a chill up your spine, and when you turn and see nothing you sigh in relief. You’re convinced that vampires aren’t real, but you hesitate as you walk outside and see a shadowy creature fly by your head.

The folklore of Romania will mesmerize you, but that’s just the beginning of the exotic experiences you’ll find during your Romania adventures. The magnificent splendor of the snowcapped mountains, the vast wetlands of the Danube Delta and some of the most glorious wilderness in Europe will absolutely amaze you.

And the cultural intrigue created by Romania’s unique and troubled past blends with the fairytale enchantment of magical castles and palaces to create an exotic, surreal experience for those looking to explore Romania.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Romania is one of the more religious countries in Europe. The Christian influences are quite strong and can been seen in many aspects of the culture.

One of the more prominent examples can be seen in the architecture with the grand monasteries and beautiful churches. Probably the most famous church, Voronet, is sometimes called the “Sistine Chapel of the East” and is considered one of Romania’s architectural treasures.

If you love architecture, and history, you’ll also want to explore the mysterious castles and palaces throughout the country. Some date back to the 12th Century, and they represent the country’s turbulent past through Roman, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian rule.

The cooking in Romania has been heavily influenced over the centuries by the Turks, Hungarians, Austrians and Germans, which has resulted in a savory blend that combine for a unique and delightful cuisine. You’ll find many tasty dishes that feature pork, beef, lamb and chicken, and most meals also include one of the national specialty soups.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Romania will keep you busy with a lot of exciting activities ranging from the traditional adrenaline sports to some incredible cultural tours and wildlife watching opportunities that will absolutely thrill you.

Are you looking to spend a lot of time outdoors? If so, you’ll find some excellent trekking, hiking, mountain climbing, ice climbing and snow skiing adventures in the rugged Carpathian Mountains (aka the Transylvanian Alps).

Romania is also known to have great birdwatching tours, nature trips and eco tours through some of the most pristine natural scenery in Europe.

Following is a more complete list of the exciting Romania adventure travel experiences that are waiting for you to enjoy.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

 

 

 

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