The land of Dracula, Romania has a lot to offer – especially for those looking for a cultural, spooky trip. With an abundance of rugged stone churches and monasteries, and the jaw-dropping castles gifted to any budding traveller in the realms of Transylvania, Romania is a land straight out of another time.
Wander through Bram Stoker’s inspiration, Bran Castle, or Hunedoara’s 14th century Corvin Castle, and the 19th century Peles Castle that King Carol I made home. The cobbled streets in medieval towns help create the perfect atmosphere for a getaway spent writing and reading horror novels in quaint cafes surrounded by Gothic and baroque architecture.
The historic buildings are not the only pull to the country: there’s also the Carpathian Mountains hiding deer, elk, bears, and more within the swathes of forests along the rocky peaks, or the Danube river, marking Romania’s southern border and providing sanctuary for 300 species of bird and 160 species of fish within its waters.
The Romanian culture is one not to be overlooked as well; the geographical make-up of the country necessitated hundreds of self-sufficient villages to form, where old folkways such as pottery, tanning, weaving became an art form, and the oversized hay racks, horse carts, and wooden churches that still remain leave the villages with a distinctly medieval atmosphere.
For a cheap holiday, Romania is the place to go. Bucharest has some of the lowest average flight prices from the UK, but once you’re there the deals don’t stop. It can cost less than £10 a day for meals in the capital city and travelling round the country only becomes more affordable the further out of the tourist sectors you go.