Romania, formerly also spelled Roumania and Rumania, is a country located between Central Europe and Southeastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea. Romania shares a border with Hungary and Serbia to the west,Ukraine and Moldova to the northeast and east, and Bulgaria to the south. At 238,391 square kilometres (92,043 sq mi), Romania is the eighth largest country of the European Union by area, and has the seventh largest population of the European Union with 20,121,641 people (20 October 2011). Its capital and largest city is Bucharest– the sixth largest city in the EU.
Often compared to a "Latin island in a Slav sea", Romania features a unique familiar feeling in Eastern Europe: its language of a Latin origin, the Latin alphabet (quite rare in this part of Europe) and moreover the Latin temperament and friendliness of its people - all make of Romania a place where most visitor feel very comfortable.
There are many tourist attractions in Romania: some are unique in the world, as the enchanting monasteries of Bucovina with their churches entirely covered with 16th century frescoes on the outside walls, appearing among hills and woods as an illustrated Bible open on all the pages.
The Sucevița Monastery
So is the Danube Delta, the largest natural reserve in Europe, a paradise for fishermen and birdwatchers - 430,000 hectares (approx 1,060,000 acres) of wild land with just a few fishermen villages and only waterways (no roads, no cars).
The Danube Delta
Unique is also Transylvania - "the Land across the woods" (also known as Siebenbürgen in German), a vast province of Romania with its lovely medieval towns and fortresses at the foothill of the Carpathians, rich with precious Saxon heritage treasures...
Romania is probably also the last place in Europe where you can still see unspoiled countryside, with the traditional rural civilisation still alive. Discover the northern provinces of Maramures (in northern Transylvania) or else Bucovina (in northern Moldavia), with their old handicrafts, friendly people fiercely dressed in their folk costumes, horse or oxen-drawn carriages (horse-drawn sleighs in winter), with colourful villages where time seems to have stood still. You can be sure of forgetting all the stresses and strains of the western world.
The Peleș Castle
Carolers from Maramureş County
If you are a Dracula fan, you wouldn't want to miss Dracula's Castle in Bran, the Borgo Pass or his birthplace in the medieval "Upper Town" of Sighisoara - they're all in Transylvania.
But Romania is much more than this: just think of the Black Sea coast, the wild and picturesque Carpathian Mountains where one goes hiking or skiing, the cultural, historical, architectural or archaeological tours of the country, but also the wine-tasting tours of Romania... :)
Many guests also come to Romania for health purposes: a huge richness of mineral and thermal springs spread across the country, associated with many other natural factors, have made this land very famous for its spas and treatments.
The Bran Castle(The Dracula's Castle)
If you visit Bucharest for a few days, you will certainly enjoy the tree-lined boulevards, the delightful parks, the monumental city dating from the end of the 19th century - early 20th century, when Bucharest got the surname of "Paris of the East" or "Little Paris".
The Palace of the Parliament (The Palace of the People), Bucahrest- the second largest building in the world, after the Pentagon
So, why not get to know Romania?