Living in a big urban city can be amusing and hectic at the same time. So you should look for ways to release stress and take a rest from your daily hustles. One of the best ways to cope with the urban life stress is to take a trip abroad. And as you select top tour destinations, you should focus on a place that is totally natural, quiet and loaded with things to see and do. Transylvania, Romania, is one such place.
Meaning a “land beyond the forest” in Latin, Transylvania is currently one of the best tourist destinations. It is slowly catching the attention of ardent world travelers because of its well-conserved cultural heritage and vast countryside with medieval villages, forests and undulating hills. When you come to Transylvania, you will marvel at how unhurried and natural the lifestyle is. There is true happiness here especially because the area is within the Carpathian arc, a naturally guarded region.
Transylvania landscapes are unscathed and have intrinsic beauty. It is a place that enjoys uniqueness in terms of history, culture and geography. While you can still travel to the south or east of Romania, you need adequate time (3 to 5 days) to explore the entire Transylvania. Besides planning a trip worth a couple of days, you need to be with a tour guide who understands how tours in Transylvania work. Also, you need to grasp as many facts about the area as possible. So, here are some of them:
- Transylvania covers an area of 102.000 Kilometers squared and is locally called Ardeal.
- There are 4 major cities in Transylvania: Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea and Brasov.
- To arrive here, you can use the nearest airports: Sibiu and Cluj-Napoca. You can also arrive via Bucharest or Timisoara, although these airports are further away.
- If you arrive in Bucharest first, you have to travel to Transylvania by means of a car or train. You can go to any of the towns mentioned above. To move from Bucharest to Brasov, you require three hours and 5 hours to Sibiu. If boarding a train, then you should travel to Brasov or Cluj-Napoca first.
- While English is spoken in Romania, it’s hardly so in smaller regions like Transylvania. Most people in the countryside speak the Romanian language. Some also speak German or Hungarian languages. When traveling with a guide communication can’t be a problem.
- Transylvania is one of the most economically advanced regions in Romania and has numerous people (7 million). As it covers a relatively large area, your guide should plan your day excursions wisely to ensure that you make the most of your money.
What will you do during your tour?
Transylvania is full of natural landmarks. If you love nature, then the Southern section of the Carpathian Mountains will mesmerize you. This is where Sibiu and Brasov towns are, also an area with hiking trails, wildlife, and beautiful sceneries. Some companies will give you a horse riding trip to help you explore the hilly areas. Concerning wildlife, you stand a chance to see the largest brown bear population in Europe right here in Transylvania.
Lovers of history can have their fun too, including settlements that were built over two thousand years ago in a town called Sarmisegetusza Dacia. Cultural heritage is worth mentioning too as it is made up of a mixture of cultures including the German Saxons, Romanians and Hungarian Szekelys. While here you will have a chance to discover the fascinating history of major attractions: Corvin Castle, Saxon Villages, Alba Iulia Citadel, Moldova, and more.