You’ve eaten pizza in Italy, sipped wine in France and island-hopped around Greece. There’s no disputing these classic European destinations are favourites for a reason. But there are still plenty of other lesser-visited countries worth paying attention to, and Romania is a perfect example of that.
Captivating history, character-filled architecture and majestic mountains are just a handful of the things that make this place unfairly underrated. Cast your eyes over these Romanian hotspots and I dare you not to want to book your flights right away!
Admittedly Romania’s capital city isn’t the prettiest or chicest place you’re ever likely to visit, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. In fact, Bucharest is becoming increasingly better known for its cosmopolitan feel and energetic vibe. It also houses the world’s second largest building; the Palace of Parliament is a 12-storey beast of gargantuan scale with 1,100 rooms and 4,500 chandeliers.
Other must-sees include the open-air Dimitrie Gusti Village Museum, which showcases models of Romanian homes throughout the centuries. The Carturesti Carusel, a mesmerising bookstore in the centre of old Bucharest. Obor market, one of the biggest and liveliest, is also well worth a visit.