Romania is a fresh destination on the travel destination market from Europe and worldwide. It appeared on the travel maps after the 1989 Revolution, when the communist regime was removed and tourists began to include it more and more frequently on their travel lists in the recent years.
Here are a few things you should know if you are travelling like a senior in Romania:
- Romania is a surprising destination
One of the words that best describe Romania as a tourist destination, on the lips of foreign tourists, regardless of age, is “surprising”. Too little known in depth, Romania is a fresh, unexpected, dynamic destination. A place of contrasts, where tradition and modernism, history and contemporaneity, urban tumult and rural peace, local specificity and globalisation infusion cohabit and relate wonderfully. Our country is seldom visited by different categories of people: the curious ones, willing to experiment new destinations, but not flawless or perfect destinations, still being aware of the youthfulness and fragility of young Romania; the ones who return after they already experienced the ….. or the ones who just happened to come here, not necessarily because they planned it, some of them being even influenced by prejudices.
Location: Primaverii Palace/Bucharest
Although Romania is not a destination for everyone to understand, there are just a few of those who come to know it that are unpleasantly surprised in the end. It seduces irremediably, through charm, vitality, diversity, authenticity and even through small imperfections. It is a destination to discover, where interest, curiosity and patience are adequately rewarded. As a senior, you will discover Romania through the eyes of tolerance, hospitality and diversity.
- Seniors can enjoy a diversity of tourism products
One of the reasons why Romania is a surprising destination is the diversity of tourism products which it proposes. Gifted with a generous nature, under the shape of mountains, hills, plains, sea, Danube Delta, Romania offers something for everyone.
Any travel list should include Bucharest, still having here and there the air of the Little Paris, with its attractions: Palace of the Parliament, The National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest’s Old Town and The Village Museum. While on a tour in Transylvania, the cities of Brasov, Sibiu, Sighisoara and Alba Iulia would definitely be a must-see. At the same time, urban Romania is a vibrant space, a space of diverse architecture, of cultural and musical festivals, among which we mention the International George Enescu Festival, which this year will be held between the 2nd and the 24th September in Bucharest and in seven other cities around the country. This festival brings over 3,000 of the most appreciated international and local artists to over 80 musical events.
Location: Alba Iulia Citadel
Romania is a country defined by customs and traditions, therefore we must refer to rural Romania as well. The Romanian village is the place where many of the prominent figures of this country have been born and lived, and even today, it is a pride to have a healthy rural origin. The Romanian village is the authentic Romanian space, the place where time is redefined, and the connection with nature is complete. One of the authentic Romanian places is the Bran area, where many years ago, the foundations of rural tourism in Romania were laid, in order to bring tradition testimonies to the modern world.
Location: Șinca Veche/ Brașov
There are 1,300 mineral water springs on the Romanian territory, which means no less than a third of the resources existing all over Europe. The balneary tourism is a long-standing tradition tourism, the bases of the first balneary resort in Romania being established in 102 A.D, during the period of the Romans, who took over the balneary cult from the Greeks and later developed it. The wealth and diversity of existing natural cure factors, but also the quality of the medical act, make Romania to be today a resonant balneary tourism destination. Spa and wellness resorts such as Baile-Felix, Covasna, Sovata, Calimanesti-Caciulata, Buzias, Govora have modern spa centres, high comfort hotels, but also spectacular nature.
Location: Băile Felix
An extremely interesting product for seniors would be the Ana Aslan’s maintaining and anti-aging therapies, performed with modern products and procedures, however keeping the philosophy which was the basis for their outlining by Ana Aslan, a world-renowned physician.
The Romanian Carpathian Mountains provide spectacular views and invite to various forms of sports and recreation, from ski to backpacking, mountain biking, etc., even without having spectacular heights (the highest peak reaches approximately 2,500 m), For the less active seniors, we recommend hikes in stylish mountain resorts, such as Sinaia, and visiting the castles and palaces from these resorts: Peles Castle from Sinaia, Bran Castle from Bran, Cantacuzino Castle from Busteni.
View from Transalpina Road
Danubian Romania and Deltaic Romania
The Danube Delta is, without any doubt, one of the wonders of Romania, and it is in fact the first tourist attraction in Romania included on the list of the Unesco World Heritage Site, in 1991.
It has a surface of about 4,000 sqkm and it is the second largest delta of Europe, after the Volga river delta, and 82% of it is on the Romanian territory, the rest being located in Ukraine. The Danube, which collects on its 2,860 km the waters of an impressive drainage basin, whose surface covers more than 80% of the Europe territory, meets, on the Romanian territory, the Black Sea.
The Danube Delta is a spectacular place where approximately 3,400 species of vertebrate and invertebrate animals live, many of which are unique at national, European or even world-wide level. No matter how much you read or you are told about this place, in order to understand what is going on here, you need to come and see for yourself.
Location: The Danube Delta
Every year, dozens of cruise ships sail across the Danube, stopping on the Romanian Danube territory so that tourists come in contact with the local specificity, with the unique nature that reveals itself before your eyes. On the other hand, floating hotels, highly comfortable accommodation units, as well as know-all local guides are waiting for tourists to offer them the opportunity to explore this unique place.
The Romanian seaside of the Black Sea delimitates the border with Bulgaria, in the South and the border with Ukraine in the North and it stretches on a 245 kilometre-surface. More than half of its length is dominated by the Danube Delta and coastal lakes, but it also has a significant portion of beach, which stretches over a distance of about 80 kilometres. The fine sandy beaches, sometimes with considerable widths (especially in the North) are really distinctive on the Romanian seaside. Once here, tourists can enjoy cruises on the Black Sea, which will take them on the Bulgarian territory of the sea as well, spa and wellness treatments using balneary resources such as: mineral and mineralised water, therapeutical mud.
- How and when to travel to Romania
Regardless if you prefer travelling as a larger group or travelling in a limited number group, we recommend visiting Romania accompanied by a guide. S/he will guide you in discovering Bucharest and the great cities in an efficient manner, will accompany you in your tour in Transylvania, will reveal the cultural centres of interest of Romania or the beauty of Danube Delta. If you choose a health holiday in one of the renowned balneary resorts of Romania or a wellness holiday in a spa and wellness centre in the country, there is no need for a guide unless you wish to add social-cultural elements to your health holiday.
Location: Râșnov Citadel
In what concerns the most appropriate period to visit Romania, this would be around March/April or October/November. The 4 seasons are well defined in Romania, but the winters can still be cold and harsh, with abundant snows in the mountain areas and with low temperatures even in the urban area. Therefore, with rare exceptions, spring, summer and autumn are the most friendly seasons to discover Romania. But it still depends if you are passionate about winter sports or you want to experience the authentic Romania during the winter holidays.
If we managed to have stirred up your curiosity to discover Romania for seniors, we will be glad to have the chance to tell you even more about this surprising, diverse and changing destination.