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High class ski and winter sports, beautiful medieval cities, breathtaking nature and food to die for: all this and more can at a fraction of a price can be found in Romania. That is the reason why it is the perfect destination in January 2018:
Some of the most wild and under appreciated winter slopes in all of Europe can be found in the Carpathian mountains. The terrain is rugged and beautiful, it is far less overrun by massive waves of tourists and there’s a feeling of going beyond the norm here that is really satisfying.
Poiana Brasov is an excellent ski center, it is only two hours driving from Bucharest, it is surrounded by wonderful hotels, houses and apartments for rent that are built in the Transylvanian style and the perfectly preserved medieval city of Brasov is just a few minutes from these attractions.
This centuries-old city may look like it only has traditional hearty recipes from the forest, (which it does and they’re wonderful) but there is literally everything trendy in the world of cuisine happening here: raw, vegan, specialty, fusion and craft. Places like Cercul Militar will transport you to the feeling and recreation of dishes from a Cold War world, Victoriei 18 blends the best in handmade Romanian and Italian influences, while Beca’s kitchen is always serving up delicious seasonal vegetable creations that are succulent.
One of the biggest attractions in Romania are its villages and castles. It seems as if time has completely been frozen in these places. They are very touristy in the summer, but in the wintertime you get them all to yourself and with a dusting of snow they take on another layer of magic, here’s some great picks:
Peles Castle, the castle of the royal family.
Bran Castle, beautiful in itself and made famous by the Dracula legend.
Viscri Village with its fortified Church near Brasov.
Rasnov Fortress is a wonderfully preserved place build to withstand siege and protect the inhabitants of the nearby town with nine towers.