Pentru bangkokpost.com Romania este misterioasa dar si frumoasa! O multime de lucruri de vazut pe taramul lui Dracula! Aceasta este concluzia jurnalistilor de la bangkokpost.com! Muntii Carpati, Sibiul, Poiana Brasov precum si manastirile din Bucovina sunt doar o parte din atractiile turistice nominalizate de ziaristii straini. Acestia au alcatuit si un top 10 activitati in Romania!
Redam, in continuare un fragment din articolul in limba engleza publicat. Fotografia in original este la aceasi sursa. PS: Multumim Vali pentru link!
Mysterious and beautiful Romania
There’s plenty to see and do in the land of Dracula
Romania’s singular beauty, beguiling simplicity and fascinating history remain untouched despite its swift, post-EU membership transformations. Hand-ploughed fields, cone-shaped haystacks, sheep stampedes down country roads and not-quite-legal but not-quite-illegal home-made plum-brandy distilling sheds endure. The boomerang-shaped Carpathian Mountains offer exceptional and relatively uncrowded hiking, biking and skiing options.
Towns like Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara are time-warp strolling grounds for fans of Gothic architecture and Austro-Hungarian legacy; bucolic and wooden Maramures has the „merry cemetery”; Southern Bucovina the Unesco-listed painted monasteries; and, for the record, big cities like Cluj-Napoca and Timisoara are a blast too.
Transylvania, part of Romania since only 1918, conjures waves of imagery – mind-bending mountains, Gothic castles, fortified churches, dusty peasant villages, spooky moonlight and a roll-call of bloodthirsty, shape-shifting creatures with wicked overbites.
Transylvania is all those things and more. The boomerang-shaped Carpathian Mountains (sometimes called the Transylvanian Alps) are indeed spectacular. Outdoor enthusiasts can choose from the underground rivers of the Apuseni, rock climbing at Piatra Craiului National Park, biking atop the flat Bucegi plateau, exploring the largely unknown Retezat or hiking the Fagaras. The skiing scene, particularly in the Bucegi Mountains’ Prahova Valley, has recently enjoyed across-the-board funding. The well-beaten paths up to Bran and Peles Castles are worth the crowd-rage. And, while Dracula’s face will stare back at you from coffee mugs and T-shirts, the fictitious character is only a small part of what’s on offer there.
TOP 10 ACTIVITIES
– Hiking, biking or skiing atop the Bucegi Mountains plateau.
– Skiing Poiana Brasov, or kicking back with herbal tea in a mountaintop cabana looking over snowy Bucegi.
– Biking on trails through the off-the-radar Cindrel Mountains, south of Sibiu.
– Hiking to Padis Plateau’s campsites and cabins in the Apuseni Mountains, then day tripping to glacial caves.
– Horse riding on week-long trips through Dracula’s land at Bargau Valley.
– Boating through the bird-rich Danube Delta from Tulcea.
– Climbing up 1,480 steps to – at last! – Dracula’s real castle, Poienari, outside Curtea de Arges.
– Soothing your ills in Roman baths in Hercules’ former spa, Baile Herculane.
– Rock-climbing Romania’s most challenging walls at Piatra Craiului National Park, near Zarnesti.
– Arranging hikes from traditional villages to meet mountain shepherds in places such as Maramures’ Izei Valley.