The eastern European country of Romania, for so long hidden behind the iron curtain of communism is now open to the world, and is a fantastic country to take a trip to, especially through the winter. Situated right on the crossroads of central and south-eastern Europe, Romania has much to offer the tourist. Its long association with vampire thanks to the classic Dracula novel also brings that sense of mystery to the country.
Even though it is a country steeped in legend and history, nowadays it is both diverse and very modern. The winter tourist is particularly well catered for with ski slopes that are well maintained and tree lined with courses for beginners, experts and everyone in between. A winter holiday to Romania will surpass all expectations and leave you wondering why you have never been before.
What is the atmosphere like?
Despite many thinking that Romania is very dark and gothic, but after years of being oppressed by Communism, the country is now bright and vibrant and relishing its freedom. The Romanians are very proud of their heritage and this is visibly obvious in the picture postcard villages where time seems to have stood still. There is much to be appreciative of in Romania, not least the friendly hospitality of the locals.
Much as you would expect from a country which relies heavily on tourism to boost its economy. The locals are friendly and will go out of their way to help you, and throw in the fabulous gastronomy and the wine that Rumania is famed for and you have all the ingredients for a great holiday.
Who will enjoy it?
Whether you are a winter sports enthusiast or one who just enjoys embracing the culture of a country, you will be more than satisfied with your stay in Romania. For those whose idea of fun is not hurtling down a mountain on a pair of skis there is plenty to satisfy even the most discerning of travellers. Sleigh rides, scenic walks through the pine forests and even trips to Dracula's Castle is all there just waiting for you to enjoy.
The après ski is second to none, with fun filled evenings of cabarets and traditional folk nights where you can enjoy fine wines and dining while being bathed in the intoxicating melodies of the country's traditional gypsy music.
How many resorts are there?
There is one main Romanian ski resort which is Poiana Brasov, also the most important tourist centre and frequented not only by locals but also tourists from Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France. It has everything you could want in the terms of both sports and après ski, with 12 runs, 8 lifts, numerous bars and restaurants and a nightclub.
Staying in Romania
There are several hotels in and around Poiana Brasov, all offering excellent value for money and minibuses to run you from your accommodation to the slopes and back again.