The climate in Romania is temperate, with four seasons. The spring is pleasant with cool mornings but warm days. Summer is warm especially in the lowlands of eastern and southern Romania. Temperatures often hit 30 degrees in July and August. The mountains are always cooler. The autumn months are cool and dry (the foliage rivals New England for vibrancy). Winters can be cold, particularly in the mountains. Snow may fall between December and mid-March.
When to fly to Romania
The summer months, July and August, are high season.
In general, the winter months; however, this is when skiers and snowboarders step off their Romania flights and head for the slopes of Poiana, Sinaia (known as Carpathians Pearl), Busteni, Predeal and Azuga.
Spring and autumn are great, shoulder-season times to visit Romania. They're outside peak season but the weather is usually pleasant.
Getting around Romania
Most of the major car-rental companies are represented in Romania.
Public transport is decent. Several bus companies offer reasonably priced services between the cities and there is a well-developed railway network as well. Tickets are inexpensive. Finally, taxis are plentiful. It’s a good idea to settle on the fare in advance.
Romania insider information
- Bran Castle, towering over the countryside, is near the medieval town of Brasov, and is synonymous with Dracula. Although the castle never belonged to Prince Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s famous vampire, he is believed to have visited there several times. The castle, with the nearby village museum, is one of Romania’s most popular tourist attractions where you can buy vampire wine, statues and paintings of Vlad and sweaters. Vlad’s “real” castle is in Poenari, Central Romania. The fortress sits high on a cliff, an imposing set of ruins, above the Arges River. According to legend, it was into this river that Vlad’s first wife threw herself rather than be captured by the advancing Turks.
- Brasov is a beautiful old town, home to the Piata Sfatului (House of the Council) which hosts The Gold Stag, an international music festival.
- Poiana Brasov is a ski resort about 14km (9 miles) away. Other ski resorts in the country include Sinaia, known as the Pearl of the Carpathians.
- Bucharest is one of those beautiful European cities that is described as “the Paris of …” The city boasts the second-biggest building in the world – Palace of the Parliament or the People’s House – built by Ceauşescu. It houses the Romanian Parliament and National Museum of Contemporary Art. The Arcul de Triumf (Triumphal Arch) is also worth a look. It was built in 1935, modelled after the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The Memorial of Rebirth is newer, unveiled in 2005 to commemorate the victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989. It is often called "the toothpick and the olive".
- The famous painted monasteries of Moldovita, Sucevita, Humor and Voronet are in the north.
- Romania has more than one third of Europe's mineral and thermal springs. Spas include: Mangalia, Neptun, Eforie Nord and Covasna.