Romanian villages are truly picturesque and offer a great alternative to the big, crowded cities, especially in spring and summer. We’ve listed 7 of the most beautiful villages to visit in Romania and experience their culture, food and traditions.
A ‘museum village’, Ciocanesti is full of houses whose walls bear colorful handmade decorations. Apart from being beautiful to look at, the traditional folk motifs they display hide a deeper meaning about the world. The village also hosts a museum where you can admire the same mesmerizing symbols on hand painted eggs.
Close by, you will find mount Suhard, which is dotted with shepherd’s folds. Some of them welcome tourists, so make sure to pass by and get yourself invited to a meal!
In Sapanta, even the crosses in the cemetery are colorful. In fact, this is one of the main draws of the village, located in the Maramures region. Here, the Merry Cemetery, unique in the world, celebrates life with humor and wit. Each cross, hand painted in a bright blue shade, also receives a portrait and a poem about the deceased.
Biertan is famed for its fairytale fortified church. Dating from the 13th century, the village was included on the UNESCO world heritage list. The Biertan church, built between the 15th and the 16th centuries, is the last such edifice to be built in the Gothic style in Transylvania.
The biggest attraction of the church is the altar, the biggest in the country, featuring 28 painted panels.
This is the place where, in the past 20 years, jazz lovers from all over the world gather to listen to the biggest masters. Over the years, Stanley Jordan, Eberhard Weber, Jan Garbarek, John Abercrombie, Mike Stern, Jean-Luc Ponty and Charles Lloyd, and many others, have graced the stage with their presence.
Famed for hiding the biggest gold deposit in Romania, Rosia Montana is a welcoming village that will allow you to experience Romanian hospitality. Check the millennia old underground galleries dating from Roman times and listen to the stories of the locals while sampling local food. If visiting in summer, stop by the Rosia Montana festival, full of performances by exciting Romanian artists.
Another one of the Transylvanian villages featuring fortified churches, Viscri is also famed for being one of the favorite places to visit of British royal Prince Charles. The main attractions of the church are the sacristy, built in the 16th century, as well as the organ by Viennese craftsman Carl Hesse.
Located in the Danube Delta, Sfantu Gheorghe is a village only reachable by boat. Here you can take long walks on one of the last wild beaches in Romania and see the last wild horses in Europe.
The food is also a big attraction, as fresh fish is always in good supply in the Delta.