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Barsana Wooden Monastery, Maramures, 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

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.


Stag, Romania
The Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest, Romania
Bucharest, Romania
Black Church in Old Town Square, 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
Biertan, Saxon villages with fortified churches in Transylvania, Romania
Transylvania, Romania
Downtown Medias, Transylvania, Romania
The Union Museum in Alba Iulia, Transylvania, Romania


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.


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

Meet Foundation Conservation Carpathia

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

Suggested Holiday Idea

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.

Suggested Holiday Idea

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.

Suggested Holiday Idea

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

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 Monastery

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

Romanian Peasant Museum

Stop at the Romanian Peasant Museum, which holds a huge collection of traditional Romanian artefacts.

Iza Valley

Drive down the Iza Valley to explore the peasant villages nestled into the hillside, almost all featuring elaborately carved wooden gates and traditional wooden churches.

Romanian Athenaeum

Visit the exquisite Athenaeum and view scenes from Romanian history featured on the interior fresco inside the Big Hall on the 1st floor; the dome is 41m high.

The Black Church

Visit the Black Church in Brasov, the largest Gothic church in South-east Europe.

Explore Romania

  • Bucharest
  • Apuseni Mountains
  • Transylvania
  • Bucovina
  • Maramures

Frequently asked questions about Romania

Is Romania safe?

Romania is a relatively safe destination, with similar dangers to the UK. However, it is best to be careful. We advise that you leave your valuables behind at the hotel and remain extra vigilant in crowded areas.

Can I use my mobile phone in Romania?

Romania has very good mobile phone coverage. Due to the country being within the EU, roaming rates are capped for texts, calls and data. However, charges are still likely to be higher than at home. To check the current EU charges, visit http://

What is the international dialling code for Romania?


What is the time zone in Romania?

Romania is two hours ahead of the UK (GMT+2). It observes daylight saving time.

How long are the flights to Romania from the UK?

Direct flights from London to Bucharest take around three hours.

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