Rivers and lakes Most of the rivers spring from the Carpathian Mountains and are collected by the Danube. The upper streams are more spectacular, featuring beautiful caves. The Danube is the second longest river in Europe.
Saint Ana Lake the only volcanic lake of Romania and Middle-East Europe The Red Lake - the largest natural mountain lake. The Iron Gates a real natural treasure.
Foreign visitors consider Romanians among the friendliest and most hospitable people on earth. Romanians are by nature fun loving, warm, hospitable and playful, with an innate sense of humour.
Romania is associated with big names in arts and sports Constantin Brâncui one of the most acclaimed modern sculptors.
Aurel Vlaicu engineer, inventor, airplane constructor and early pilot, an early flight pioneer George Enescu – a famous composer, violinist, pianist, conductor and music teacher Mihai Eminescu the most famous and influential Romanian poet
Nadia Comaneci Olympic champion gymnast, the first in the world to score a perfect 10 Ilie Nastase Twice ranked as the world's number one tennis player in the early 1970s Gheorghe Hagi – the greatest Romanian footballer of all time Lucian Bute current IBF Super Middleweight champion
The countryside is the heart and soul of Romania, where peasant culture remains a strong force and medieval life prevails, as it does nowhere else in Europe. Folkloric dance group wearing Romanian traditional costumes Painted eggs Romanian pottery
Romanian cuisine is rich, tasty and substantial, as befits a country were all food is still naturally grown and where fruits and vegetables follow their normal season. Ţuică is a strong plum brandyŢuică Sarmale are prepared from minced meat mixed with rice and wrapped in cabbage or vine leaves in the form of rolls. Usually, they are served with mămăliga, a cornmeal mush.Sarmalemămăliga Popular main courses mititeimititei, frigărui and the şniţel.frigăruişniţel
Main attractions Traversed by the waters of the Danube, Romania has dramatic scenery including the Carpathian Mountains, the Black Sea Coast and the Danube Delta. Dotting the natural landscape are rustic villages where local people live and keep alive traditions for hundreds of years. There is an abundance of religious architecture and medieval towns and castles.
The Black Sea Coast It stretches out for 245 km from the fascinating unspoilt natural reserves of the Danube Delta to the leisure activities of many holiday centres.
Resorts and health spas catering for all ages and interests, from little children to exigent grandparents. The genuine pearl of the Romanian tourism, it is the biggest tourist resort in Romania. The top tourist attraction is its famous beach of 8 km length and a record-width of 100 - 200 m, covered by a fine gold sand. The Mamaia Resort
The Danube Delta In 1991, the Romanian part of the Danube Delta became part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. STRICTLY PROTECTED FROM INTRUSION
The most famous road in Romania, with differences of altitude and many curves that climbs to the highest altitude in Romania, 2042 meters. Transfagarasan
Bucegi Mountains The Sfinx Babele (Old Women) natural rock formations Fortress of Ponor - the most imposing and splendid lime formations Predeal is the highest ski resort (1033m)
The Statue of Dacian king Decebalus - a 40-meter high statue, the tallest rock sculpture from Europe. It is located on the Danubes rocky bank. It was chosen by New 7 Wonders Foundation as a great challenge for becoming one of the seventh natural wonders of the world. Retezat National Park Decebalus Rex
The most popular include the 14th century Corvinesti Castle, built on the site of a former Roman camp, the elegant 19th century Peles Castle with its 160 rooms filled with priceless European art and, of course, the Bran Castle, built in the mid-1300s and legendary home to Bram Stokers Count Dracula. Romanias collection of castles and fortresses perhaps best illustrates the rich medieval heritage of the country.
Bucharest – Palace of Parliamment (Peoples House) According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the world's largest civilian administrative building, most expensive administrative building, and heaviest building
Bucharest Romanian Athenaeum Buildings dedicated to art and science Iasi Palace of Culture
Romanian Monasteries Horezu Voronet PutnaWooden Churches of Maramures
JIU VALLEY The Jiu Valley (Valea Jiului) is located in the south of Hunedoara County. It covers a land area of 103,246 hectares (14.6% of the county surface). Along with the hard coal deposits, the forests - representing 50% of area and formed of resinous trees and leafy trees are the main natural resources.
JIU VALLEY Jiu Valley is the main entrance in Retezat National Park and Parâng, Retezat and Vâlcan mountains. The main watercourse in the area is Jiu river, formed by the Eastern Jiu and the Western Jiu – along those are situated the municipalities and the towns in the area: Aninoasa Lupeni Petrila Petroşani Uricani Vulcan
JIU VALLEY The history of the development of Jiu Valley was directly influenced by the evolution of mining sector, due to the richness of the main resource in the area – the hard coal.
JIU VALLEY Primary agriculture is characterised by full-time activity (cattle and sheep) and part-time activity (maize and potatoes), all on a small scale. There is a high potential for animal breeding on bio basses.
JIU VALLEY Tourism Strengths Natural mountain attractions and scenery including Mt. Parâng, Mt. Retezat and Vâlcan Massif. Mountain based activities including skiing, orienteering, abseiling and hill walking. Summer activity pursuit and winter tourism opportunities not fully exploited.
JIU VALLEY Containing more than 60 peaks over 2,200 m and over 100 crystal clear deep glacier lakes, the Retezat Mountains are some of the most beautiful in the Carpathians and include Romania's first national park.
JIU VALLEY Retezat National Park is a natural reserved area The area shelters one of Europe's last remaining, unaffected natural primary forest and the largest single area of pristine mixed forest.
JIU VALLEY Wolves, brown bear, wild boar, lynx, wildcat, chamois, roe and red deer, as well as small carnivore species such as badger and otter populate the area.
JIU VALLEY In 1979 the Man and Biosphere Program of UNESCO included the park in the international network of biosphere reserves.
JIU VALLEY Straja Resort is located between 1340 and 1450 m altitude in Vâlcan Mountains, benefiting of a complex mountain relief. The available ski domain in the resort counts around 40 ha, designated to a range of winter sports.
JIU VALLEY In the area there are 5 certified alpine ski slopes in three ranges - 5, 10 and 15 kilometers.