Best time to visit Romania

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Best time of year to visit Romania

If you are ready for a beach vacation or mountaineering, summer is the best time to visit Romania. September and October show beautiful weather, a variety of festivals, wine season, and fewer crowds (well, and lower prices). Skiing and snowboarding are perfect during snowy winter, and don't you dare to miss a chance to take part in traditional Christmas celebrations or try Romanian specialities such as Sarmale or Ciorba de Perisoare. In spring, magnolia blossoms and peonies blooming are complemented by beautiful Easter celebrations. Spring in Romania also promises a pure paradise for passionate birdwatchers in the Danube delta.

17 THINGS TO DO IN ROMANIA (OCTOBER 23 - NOVEMBER 01)

Transfagarasan Road Trip

Transfagarasan Road Trip

late June–late October (weather permitting) • activity

Fancy riding along serpentine roads with the terrifying views of precipices?

Salina Turda Underground Amusement Park

Salina Turda Underground Amusement Park

all year round • activity

Romania's special amusement park outdoes Disneyland with its underground lake, stalagmites, and salt deposits

Mocăniţa Steam Train

Mocăniţa Steam Train

May–October • activity

Europe's last steam-powered forestry train invites you on a vintage trip across the Vaser Valley in the Maramures Mountains​

Merry Cemetery

Merry Cemetery

April–October • activity

This cemetery with sometimes shocking paintings on the headstones celebrates life instead of mourning death

Dracula Tour

Dracula Tour

April–November • activity

What pops into your head when you hear Romania? Definitely –Dracula, Transylvania, and vampires... ​

Sambra Oilor & Osâmbritul Oilor

Sambra Oilor & Osâmbritul Oilor

May | September–October • event

Taking sheep up or bringing them down from the mountains is a great occasion to celebrate folk traditions in a hillside village

Bigar Waterfall

Bigar Waterfall

April–October • nature

The unusual shapes and settings make Bigar Waterfall the most interesting waterfall in Romania

Hiking

Hiking

April–October • activity

A vast mountainous area covered with countless hiking trails suitable for any skill level

Wine Season

Wine Season

August–October • food

Romanian wines were once a part of the diet of European kings, and Cotnari wine was among Peter the Great's favourites

Mud Volcanoes

Mud Volcanoes

September–November | March–May • nature

The Gates of Hell lead to the kingdom of grey bubbling muds and infertile soils with almost no vegetation

Ciorba de Peste

Ciorba de Peste

June–March • food

The most popular treat of the Danube delta consists of a fishy broth and the fish itself

Canoeing, Kayaking, & Whitewater Rafting

Canoeing, Kayaking, & Whitewater Rafting

April–October • activity

The network of Romanian rivers provides all the necessary conditions to learn the sports or improve your skills

Tuica

Tuica

October–early December • food

According to Romanian tradition, no meal should start without a shot of plum tuica, especially when a guest visits

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

April–October • activity

Nature, history, and architecture open from another angle as you ride round on horseback

Corvin Castle (Castelul Corvinilor)

Corvin Castle (Castelul Corvinilor)

all year round • activity

One of Europe’s largest castles is located in Romanian Transylvania

Red-Breasted Goose

Red-Breasted Goose

late October–March • nature

Geese with red feathered breasts come from all over the world to winter in the Romanian delta

Hunting Season

Hunting Season

August–mid-February • activity

Hunting in Romania means a wide range of game including brown bears and no problems with licensing. Hunting is followed by loud celebrations

29 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Medieval Festivals

Medieval Festivals

out of rangeJune–August • event

Sword fights, troubadours and minstrels, and witches burning at the stake—all just as in the Middle Ages

Geamăna Village Drowned in Copper Lake

Geamăna Village Drowned in Copper Lake

out of rangeApril–August • activity

You do not want to drink from the huge multicoloured lake overflowing Geamana, unless life is too boring for you

Prislop Pass Folk Festival

Prislop Pass Folk Festival

on holdmid-August 2021 • event

The festival of Romanian traditions culminates with the "hora"—a circle dance from Transylvania, Maramures, and Moldova

Growing Stones or Trovants

Growing Stones or Trovants

out of rangeJune–August • nature

These stones or rather "creatures" have been baffling the scientists for years. Truth or fiction, they are said to influence people's thoughts and seek revenge when treated badly

New Year Bears

New Year Bears

out of rangeDecember 31–January 1 • event

Crowds of bears dance, growl, roll, die, and then resurrect in the snowy Romanian streets

St. Mary in Costești

St. Mary in Costești

out of rangeSeptember 8 • event

Tens of thousands of Roma people annually gather in Costești to celebrate the Birth of Virgin Mary

Swimming in Lake Sfânta Ana

Swimming in Lake Sfânta Ana

out of rangeJune–August • nature

Maybe even better than a seaside resort: no jellyfish stings or sharks—these pure waters have no fish at all

Romanian Cheese

Romanian Cheese

out of rangeJune–August • food

Cheese freaks will go crazy with joy as they see the variety of healthy Romanian cheeses

Lolelor Festival in Agnita

Lolelor Festival in Agnita

out of rangeFebruary 8, 2020 • event

Abiding by medieval traditions the masked townspeople of Agnita slap horsewhips to drive off evil winter spirits

Orthodox Easter Day

Orthodox Easter Day

out of rangeApril 24, 2022 • event

Special Romanian Easter rites include painted egg tapping, night vigils, and perfume attacks to bring girls good luck

Cycling & Mountain Biking

Cycling & Mountain Biking

out of rangeMay–mid-October • activity

The Carpathian Mountains, the wild forests of Transylvania, and rural areas provide a wonderful setting for cycling

Carol Singing

Carol Singing

out of rangeDecember 24–December 25 • activity

Kids and adults sing and dance with the Holy Star, drum dubasi, and even the playful goat Carpa joins Colindatul

Colours of Rapa Rosie

Colours of Rapa Rosie

out of rangelate April–early May • nature

The spring Sebeș landscapes are amazing—red rocks, green valleys, and colourful flower beds all around

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeApril–September • nature

Pelicans, egrets, ibises, ducks, geese, swans, eagles, vultures ​and many other feathery marvels are waiting for you in the Danube delta

Transalpina Road

Transalpina Road

out of rangemid-May–mid-October • activity

Ride the highest road in Romania with jaw-dropping views of the Carpathians

Hay Harvest

Hay Harvest

out of rangeJuly–September • activity

The scent of fresh hay spreads over Romanian fields spotted with countless haystacks

Magnolias in Bucharest

Magnolias in Bucharest

out of rangeApril • nature

Only in April one may enjoy a delightful stroll among Bucharest magnolias or a picnic in a Romanian flowering park

Peonies in the Comana Forest

Peonies in the Comana Forest

out of rangeMay • nature

Can you imagine peonies growing peacefully along forest paths? Comana forest displays plenty of these gorgeous flowers

Сatfish Fishing Season

Сatfish Fishing Season

out of rangeJuly–September (depends on species) • activity

Try out your fishing luck—the depths of the Danube Delta may conceal a 400 kg catfish

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangeJune–September • activity

Watersports, thermal mud spas, local wines, and ancient Greek architecture ensure a great seaside vacation

Udătoriu Festival

Udătoriu Festival

out of rangeApril 25, 2022 • event

A Maramureș folk tradition taking place during the Easter holidays in Şurdeşti

Martisor Day

Martisor Day

out of rangeMarch 1 • event

It is a gesture of courtesy to present a "martisor" to a woman for the beginning of spring and a guarantee of good luck

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangeDecember–March • activity

The Romanian Carpathian Mountains invite skiers and snowboarders to try out the slopes

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

out of rangemid-May • nature

Graceful water flowers float all over aquatic mazes of the Danube delta

Sarmale

Sarmale

out of rangeDecember 24–December 25 • food

Bigger meat and cabbage rolls are called sarmale while small ones have the diminutive name—sărmăluţe

Ciorba de Perisoare

Ciorba de Perisoare

out of rangeDecember 24–December 25 • food

This savoury Romanian meatball soup with spicy paprika and sour lemon juice is traditionally served at Christmas

Cozonac

Cozonac

out of rangeDecember 24–December 25 | December 31–January 1 • food

Interestingly shaped festive bread with different fillings made from nuts and raisins to marmelade and Turkish delight

Lamb Haggis (Drob De Miel)

Lamb Haggis (Drob De Miel)

out of rangeMay 2, 2021 • food

A chance to sample traditional Easter lamb happens just once a year

Ziua Recoltei (Harvest Day Festival)

Ziua Recoltei (Harvest Day Festival)

out of rangelate September–early October • event

The hard-working nation loves to celebrate harvest season

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