Places To Visit
Huh? Timi? Oara is western Romania’s largest social and cultural centre. Among urbanites who enjoy its variety, it’s a popular destination. The first anti- Ceausescu demonstrations broke out here, also called Primul Oras Liber (First Free Town), and eventually contributed to the downfall of Ceausescu and his wife in 1989. City building dates back to the 13th century, and the Romans, Turks, Serbs, and Austrians have laid claim to the site over the years.
Vama Veche is located next to the frontier of Bulgaria and right on the shore of the Black Sea. This town knows what its name is and it’s like that word: band! (Point of Exclamation required!). You’ll discover tempting beach-front pubs, restaurants, and clubs with non-stop 24/7 service all summer long. Thousands of tourists flock here at the end of the work week to let loose on the beach.
Maramures (Baie Mare)
To relax and take a long, deep breath of fresh air, fly to Maramures, a mountainous area in northern Romania. Its wooden churches, most of which are several hundred years old, make the area popular. The location to be in Maramures is in the capital, Baie Mare. In this typical Romanian region, people have been mining for silver, gold, and other metals for over 2,000 years. In the main square, Piata Libertatii, much of its mediaeval history has been preserved.
Ask any Romanian and they’ll tell you that, hands down, Corvin Castle, found in Hunedoara, is the best castle in the region. Located in Transylvania, the region is a blend of Romanians, Hungarians, and Germans in the Poiana Rusca Mountains. Lush trees flank the streets as you make your way to the castle, making it an idyllic atmosphere. It’s one of the largest in Europe, also known as Hunyadi Castle, and for those who enjoy visiting European castles, this one is still at the top of the list.