If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference to help you rest and recharge after the last few months, you could certainly do a lot worse than booking holiday lettings in Romania and exploring what this particularly interesting part of the world has to offer.
Long associated with Bram Stoker’s Dracula, there’s an awful lot more to discover about Romania than vampires (although if that’s at the top of your list, make sure you head off to Bran Castle while away, as it was this very stronghold that helped inspire the description of the castle in the novel).
Romania is actually a traveller’s paradise if castles are what you want to see and you’ll find yourself seriously spoiled for choice, with beautiful fairytale castles like Corvin and Peles to explore, or Poenari, perched high up on a beautiful cliffside. You’ll have a wonderful time discovering them all for yourself.
For those of you who can’t wait to get out and about in the countryside, Romania should also be at the top of your destination bucket list. One must-see is the Bigar Waterfall in Caras-Severin County, found in the west of the country.
This incredible waterfall is nearly eight metres high, falling over a huge green carpet of moss and the apex of a rounded stone, which helps to create a series of different streams of water… a truly unusual sight.
Or what about taking a stroll through the Hoia-Baciu, a rather eerie forest populated by lots of seriously creepy crooked trees. It’s no wonder that the forest is called the Bermuda Triangle of Romania!
Legend has it that there are all sorts of ghosts and spirits lurking among the trees, with one particularly spooky story telling the tale of a young girl who went into the forest and wasn’t seen for five years, after which she reappeared unable to remember where she had been.
For something a little less supernatural, visit the Tunnel of Love, an abandoned section of railway in a secluded forest in the western part of Romania that has become so overgrown by trees and shrubs that a stunning tunnel of greenery has been formed above the tracks. Head to Obreja and enjoy a wander through the countryside before you come across the tunnel.
Alternatively, you could go to ground and explore the Sinca Veche Temple Cave, a mysterious site on the outskirts of the village of Sinca Veche, thought to date back around 7,000 years.
There are nine different rooms to make your way through, with light entering from a series of low windows and chimney-esque skylights. Some believe that these shafts were built to allow holy energy to flood the space.
This is just a tiny snapshot into what a holiday in Romania could include and you’re sure to want to return again and again, just to discover all the delights the country has to offer.