Romania is one of the most underrated travel destinations in the world and a visit to this country should become a priority. There are many reasons to visit Romania: medieval castles mixed with royal or communist sights (the famous Bran Castle or Peles Castle), many national parks and attractions spread across the Carpathian Mountains, unique attractions such as the Turda Salt Mine, the UNESCO Danube Delta reserve, the famous Transfagarasan highway, wooden churches of Maramures or painted churches of Bukovina. All of these you can enjoy while staying in one of the Ensana hotels, travelling around the country.
Visit the History
The Romanian countryside is like a living history museum: small villages where a simple, peaceful and archaic way of life has been preserved. Romanians also know how to make things pretty and look appealing. Pastels are the shade of choice for building colour decoration, which make the towns so pretty and charming!
The most colourful of the towns has to be Sighisoara, one of the most beautiful and perfectly -preserved medieval towns in Europe. Get lost in the cobblestoned alleys of this small town and expect to find all the pastel shades within the rainbow you can ever imagine.
Not far from Sighisoara is the historic town of Sibiu, built by German settlers in the 12thcentury. The town still maintains the feel of the olden days, but the beautifully coloured buildings make it feel more homely rather than grandiose. Brasov, one of the most visited places in Romania, reveals the splendour of gothic, baroque and renaissance architecture. Wander around the Old Town and discover some of the most beautiful streets in the country as well as plenty of pastel coloured buildings.
The Beauties of the Romanian Nature
Romania, the most bio-geographically diverse country in Europe is home to breathtaking landscapes ranging from idyllic crystal water lakes, dramatic gorges and ravines to stunning alpine mountains which will stay engraved in your memory forever.
The Transylvanian Alps, which belong to the Carpathians, are not only spectacular but are ideal for numerous outdoor activities and you can even visit a bear sanctuary where you can observe rescued bears enjoy living close to freedom in their natural habitat.
Speckled throughout the mountains, there is no shortage of lakes, one being the unique Lacul Roșu (Red Lake), which is a natural lake (dam) created almost 200 years ago after a major landslide, and located in Harghita County. Not far from Red Lake, you will find Bicaz Gorge, which is accessible via an incredibly narrow road that winds its way through kilometres of ravines. It is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. Going further north are the picturesque rolling hills of Bucovina and if you visit in autumn, you will receive a real show of reds, yellows and oranges on display from the stunning Romanian forests.
The power of the healing springs
Romania is also home to some of the best hot springs in Europe. Even the ancient Romans flocked to Romania’s oldest hot spring towns to bask in the mineral-rich thermal water. Hot springs are essentially man-made swimming pools filled with thermal water pumped from deep underground.
Many people visit hot springs for the healing properties of their mineral-packed waters which are useful in curing a range of diseases from eczema to kidney stones.
One of the most popular wellness spas in Romania is in Sovata which is home to the largest heliothermic lake in Europe. It’s a place where naturally occurring saltwater and the sun’s heat allow warm water bathing surrounded by breathtaking nature views which you can enjoy while staying in one of the many hotels in Sovata. There is no place quite like Sovata.