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first_imgOverflowing with history, myth and superstition, Romania is an enticing country to explore.It is a country that consistently surpasses its reputation with its welcoming people, beautiful landscapes and traditional towns and cities rich in culture and charm. Have a look at the ten places not to be missed!Find flights to Romania1. BucharestA diamond in the rough if ever there was one, Romania’s capital is a fast-paced and exciting city that’s worth persevering with. Its past is evidenced in the many impressive Stalinist buildings that sit alongside ancient Orthodox churches and vibrant city gardens. At night, head to the city’s historic centre – Lipscani – where you’ll find an array of trendy bars and restaurants. Try The Artist for gourmet meals with a modern twist on traditional Romanian cuisine. Each plate of food is beautifully presented – they are truly little works of art. 9. Danube DeltaThe majority of Europe’s second largest river flows through Romania and along its banks is where you’ll find the country’s most diverse wildlife and spectacular scenery. It’s possible to cycle along the banks of this mighty river or meander at a more leisurely pace by boat. 3. BranFight your way through the hordes of tourists milling around stalls selling Dracula themed tat to see the town’s pièce de résistance, Bran Castle. Its link to Vlad the Impaler – the historic figure that inspired Bram Stoker’s famous gothic novel – means that Bran Castle has garnered the reputation of being ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Despite its tenuous connection to the myth, the castle is definitely worth a visit. Its imposing, gothic exterior embodies everything that we associate with Transylvania. RelatedEscape from Little Britain: 10 Low-Brit HolidaysEscape from Little Britain: 10 Low-Brit HolidaysBargains of the week: Poznan | Bucharest | PragueBargains of the week: Poznan | Bucharest | Prague5 flights for under £50Start planning your next quick getaway with this week’s selection of bargain flights to European cities – from just £28! 10. Bucegi SphinxHigh in the Bucegi Mountains, this eerie 12 metre high megalith was naturally shaped by buffeting winds to resemble a human face. A variety of wacky myths and legends surround the Romanian Sphinx, ranging from it being a message from the Gods to an extra-terrestrial landing site. It’s a favourite attraction for those interested in the occult or the paranormal, but if that’s not really your thing, it’s still an impressive natural wonder. 6. Cluj NapocaRomania’s largest student city has a burgeoning arts scene that is unrivalled anywhere else in the country. It has a lively bohemian feel, with plenty of bars and shops and is home to the Transylvania Film Festival, which showcases both Romanian and international productions in a variety of theatres and open-air spots throughout the city (and don’t worry, it’s more than just horror films). 7. Transfăgărăşan RoadThe ‘Road from the Clouds’ is a spectacular driving route linking the historical region of Wallachia with Transylvania. It runs through some of the highest peaks in the country, including Moldoveanu and Negoiu. The region’s weather conditions and altitude can make this road rather difficult to traverse, but the outstanding views certainly make it worth the trouble. Rent a car and get exploring! center_img 2. BrașovBizarrely, upon arriving by train in this historic city, one of the first things you’ll spot is its very own Hollywood-esque sign that sits on Mt Tâmpa above the city. The city’s Gothic and Baroque centre abounds with pretty churches and inviting squares, best viewed from said Brașov sign by taking a cable car to the top of the mountain. 5. SighisoaraFor those not content with just seeing Vlad’s castle, you can always make a pit stop in his birthplace. Although the museum dedicated to him verges slightly on the gimmicky side, the town itself more than makes up for it. The historic centre is a well-preserved Saxon citadel with pastel coloured cobbled streets and peaceful squares. Check car-hire prices8. The Monasteries of BucovinaRomania’s famous painted monasteries feature incredibly elaborate 15th and 16th century frescoes of saints and prophets. The best-preserved are those at Humor, Moldovita, Patrauti, Probota, Suceava, Sucevita, and Voronet which all have their own individual charm. Look (and listen) out for the interesting local custom of the monasteries’ monks and nuns tapping out the call to prayer with a mallet and beam – a tradition that dates back to the Siege of Moldova when the OttomanTurks forbade the ringing of bells. 4. Peleș CastleSeemingly straight out of a Disney film set, Peleș Castle’s turrets and wooden beams are a real fairy-tale fantasy. Just outside the town of Sinaia, the castle sits in photogenic, lush surroundings that so captured the heart of King Charles I (the King that helped Romania achieve independence) he ordered the castle to be built as his summer residence. Well, if it’s good enough for a King… More:Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img