Barsana Wooden Monastery, Maramures, Romania

Romania

A country undoubtedly worth spreading your wings for. Butterflies, rare wildlife and natural beauty spill out from the forests which surround the region’s idyllic medieval buildings and fairytale castles.

The whole of Romania, especially Transylvania and the Carpathians, is rich in flora and fauna. Butterflies and wildflowers are especially plentiful and exciting for specialists and amateurs alike.

Whilst the medieval culture and villages are well known, it is the wildlife and wilderness that many people come to see, and Romania still offers areas of outstanding and unexplored natural beauty. The dense pine forests and clear mountain streams of the Carpathian Mountains support a third of Europe’s brown bears, as well as wolves and lynx, and the rich delta of the Danube is home to over 320 species of birds.

Downtown Medias, Transylvania, Romania
Romania

Why we like Romania

Romania is one of Central Europe’s most beautiful but least explored countries and remains more fascinating because of it. The Transylvania region offers a tapestry of tourist attractions, from traditional gypsy villages and fairy-tale castles to the majestic Carpathian Mountains, the source of nearly 98% of the county’s rivers.

View from Bunea, Carpathian Mountains, Romania
Bunea , Romania

The Carpathians

Romania has 250,000 hectares of virgin forest, mostly in the Southern Carpathians, which constitutes the largest unfragmented forest area in Europe. They contain an extraordinarily high number of indigenous species, one-third of all European plant species and are home to the largest European populations of wolves, bears and lynx.

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Stag, Romania
Romania
The Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest, Romania
Black Church in Old Town Square, Romania
Romania
Bran Castle, Romania

Guided Travel

Steppes Travel emphatically believes that travel in Romania is best in the company of a good guide. To that end, we have hand-picked the very best guides to ensure you get the most out of your visit to Romania. Our guides know the must-see sights, the off-the-beaten-path gems, the hiking trails, the best places to eat, and also, more importantly, know the right people. For example, as they are wary of outsiders, it would be all but impossible to visit a Roma community without a guide. Our guides are old friends, having attended weddings and funerals, and are able to open the door to wonderful people, their folklore and their traditional crafts.

Viscri in Transylvania, Romania
Romania
Biertan, Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, Romania
Transylvania, Romania
Downtown Medias, Transylvania, Romania
Romania
The Union Museum in Alba Iulia, Transylvania, Romania
Romania

Transylvania

Historically the buffer state between the Habsburgs and the Ottoman Porte, Transylvania was once a semi-autonomous part of the Kingdom of Hungary. Now part of Romania, this fledgeling kingdom has absorbed a diversity of cultures including Hungarians, Saxons, Romanians, Jews, Armenians, Swabians and Roma. This blend of cultures, architectural styles and traditions make Transylvania a fascinating destination.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Bunea Wildlife Hide, Romania

Meet Foundation Conservation Carpathia

Meet members of FCC’s core team of conservation experts, and learn more about the project first-hand.

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Stag, Romania

Stay in Wildlife Hides

Relax at the hides where you will have a strong chance of experiencing local wildlife including bears, wild boar, foxes, Red and Roe deer.

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Carpathian Mountains, Romania

Remote Mountain Lodge

Head into the Carpathian Mountains to spend the night in a stunning lodge with panoramic views of Piatra Craiului and Bucegi National Park.

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Houses painted like easter eggs, Ciocanesti, Romania

Ciocanesti

Visit the village-museum Ciocanesti, to see the beautifully painted houses.

Traditionally painted easter eggs, Bucovina, Romania

Easter in Bucovina

During Easter time, view the painted eggs, all works of art by the skilled craftspeople from this area.

Voronet orthodox painted monastery, Moldavia, Bucovina, Romania

Bucovina Monasteries

Visit the beautifully preserved monasteries of Bucovina to see the extraordinary exterior paintings dating from medieval times.

Romanian delicacies, Romania

Sample local delicacies

Taste the local cuisine, complemented with homemade schnapps.

Maramures, typical countryside near the village Poienile Izei, Romania

The Village of Breb

Spend a few days in Breb, a strongly traditional village and a great base from which to explore the region of Maramures. See Europe’s last remaining peasant culture.

Merry Cemetery, Maramures, Romania

Merry Cemetery

Visit the cemetery, well-known for its unique, beautifully coloured crosses, and share tales from the life of the deceased through funny, satirical poems.

Barsana Wooden Monastery, Maramures, Romania

Barsana Monastery

Visit the all-wooden Orthodox monastic complex of Barsana, a popular Maramures pilgrimage site.

Explore Romania

  • Bucharest
  • Apuseni Mountains
  • Transylvania
  • Bucovina
  • Maramures

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