With a huge potential for tourism, and a growing number of travelers every year, Romania has become a popular destination among European travelers. High in the Carpathians skiing, or lapping up the sun and surf in the lowlands, visitors to Romania have a lot to look forward to.
Monastery in Maramures, Wikipedia
While the Romanian seaside has been transformed into a hot summer spot that plays host to a huge throng of party people visiting Mamaia and Constanta , the ski slopes, the marvelous views, and the high layer of snow, along with the various hiking routes of the Carpathians are more widely known spots for attracting tourists from all over the world during Winter. But there is more to Romania touristic glee than Winter wonderlands.
Considered a top destination worldwide, the Danube Delta too, is one of Romania’s most precious treasures, unfortunately though, it is hardly promoted comsidering its value. The delta invites visitors to relish a completely different world that reveals the true diversity and the wilderness of an unspoiled spot in the world, a place that never fails to impress and excite.
More and more rural tourism programs are developed in Romania, making this aspect one of the most important for the Romanian tourism market.The birthplace of rural tourism in Romania is the Rucar-Bran pass, where an increasing number of traditional guesthouses, chalets, farms and villas are carefully prepared to welcome both local and foreign tourists in an authentic ambiance, revealing the wonderful countryside, the diversified wildlife and the beautiful Romanian people deeply connected to their ancient customs, traditions and folklore.
Around Bran, peasants use to prepare at home various types of dairy and meat products, which cannot be found somewhere else, this being a reason why many Romanians in search of tasty ecological food visit this region. And what is good for Romanians, is also a new and glorious find for the visitor.
Romanian country house, Wikipedia
Several cultural and ecological programs have recently developed in the rural areas of the country so that travelers have many more opportunities to explore local customs, to learn about certain crafts exclusively belonging to this land, and to share in the richness all Romanians know and love. The offer of rural accommodation has been constantly improving too, providing tourists high quality services without selling their authenticity for tourist brands. And price wise, Romania has always been a bargain.
the Northern provinces of Maramures and Bucovina, with their painted monasteries, architectural jewels and the overwhelming naturalness of the people and places, have an inestimable value consiting precisely in the way people live there, simple, beautiful, guided by traditions and wisdom, far from being dependent on technology or disturbed by an unhealthy modernization.
In such places, guests are always welcomed with an honest smile, a glass of homemade wine, a table full of goodies and with hosts pleased and eager to show them their daily life, their habits and the things that make them proud such as: the traditional dance, music, embroideries, the decoration of Easter eggs, the manufacturing of traditional costumes or homespun, or the local gastronomy.
Prislop Pass – Bucovina, Wikipedia
Romania, as an agricultural country, has an important rural environment which helps the country both economically and culturally. Romanian rural tourism arose somehow spontaneously from the peasants zeal in keeping alive their ancient habits, from their intangible modesty and the passion of sharing with others.
Ordinary tourism is no longer enough for the 21st century traveler who wants more. Rural tourism might be a response to human curiosity or to the pure desire of exploring, but it could be, as well, a natural reaction to a future that seems to remove the past.
In their attempt to explore new places, different cultures and veiled traditions, in their desire to admire beautiful landscapes, in their need in experience more like a local and to find off beaten paths in order to build their own, travelers from all over the world have begun practicing rural tourism.
Romania’s countryside, the mountains which have preserved their landscapes and traditions, the green region of Maramures, the story of each province, these are assets that can help Romania lead among countries with the greatest potential for rural tourism in Europe. Come and experience Romania’s countryside.
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