The land of Dracula and the home of party city Bucharest, Romania has become a popular travel destination in recent years and still remains a cheap holiday hotspot. With its medieval towns and castles, it's steeped in history and whether you fancy taking a trip to the region of Transylvania to emerge yourself in its myths and magic, or you want to take advantage of the ski slopes in Poiana Braşov, or if you even just want to simply take a walk along the Dâmboviţa River in Bucharest, a holiday in Romania will certainly be an interesting experience.
You can get cheap flights to Romania with budget airline Wizz Air from London Luton to destinations including Bucharest, Timisoara and Tirgu. Other airlines such as British Airways and Air France offer flights from most major UK airports to various cities in Romania, although flights may be more expensive. If are travelling to Bucharest, be aware that the city has two different airports, Bucharest's Aurel Vlaicu (Baneasa) Airport and Bucharest's Henri Coanda (Otopeni) Airport. With a journey time of around three hours, Romania makes for a perfect long weekend destination.
If your holiday in Romania sees you travelling from town to town, you may want to take advantage of the railway network. It's an efficient and cheap service, with great connections across the country. Alternatively, you can hire a car in Bucharest during your holiday to Romania to explore the country at your leisure.
Booking a hotel in Romania ahead of your trip is a must. Cheap deals, especially in capital city Bucharest get snapped up pretty sharp-ish. If you can, avoid staying in the centre of the city and base yourself either north or south of the city, you'll find the price of hotels as a rule are generally cheaper.
You don't need to visit a restaurant to get well fed in Romania, you can pick up some tasty street food. Cevapi (sausages), kebabs and burek (savoury pies) are available everywhere you go.There's also farmers' markets where fresh, organic produce can be picked up for a bargain. If you're looking for local handicrafts and souvenirs, head to one of Romania's many markets and be sure to haggle hard.
If you're planning to travel to Brasov in October, be sure to coincide your trip with the town's beer festival. Expect an event like Oktoberfest, with dozens of tents and Romanian grilled sausages and traditional foods on offer - it won't burn too much of a whole in your pocket either as the event is much cheaper than those in Germany.
Updated 15th May 2013
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