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With its striking gothic architecture and tales of the legend of Dracula looming large in the Carpathian Mountains, you’d be forgiven for thinking that all Romania had to offer was its fascinating folklore. Despite its somewhat gloomy reputation, this European country is a hotspot for keen skiers and snowboarders looking for a combination of fun on the slopes and unique culture.
The climate is temperate, with major snow fall from December to March – ensuring spectacular views and ideal skiing opportunities. As well as the perfect landscape for hitting the slopes, ski holidays in Romania are great for anyone wanting to experience champagne lifestyle without the luxury price tag.
Poiana Brasov is Romania’s top ski resort, with great slopes for skiing enthusiasts as well as those new to the sport. The mountain of Postavarul surrounds half of the resort, offering some of the best skiing experiences you can find. A purpose-built village with distinct alpine charm, its location makes it an ideal base to explore the Carpathian Mountains and surrounding areas.
While for beginners, there is no better place to take ski holidays in Romania than Sinaia, nestled in the Bucegi Mountains near Bucharest. Abundant in natural beauty, this is a great spot for snow bunnies, although equally providing as much fun for anyone craving great experiences off the slopes. After dark, pay a visit to the iconic Casino Maxim for a Bond-esque evening of roulette and shaken- not-stirred Martinis.
If, for you, skiing holidays in Romania are as much about relaxation as hitting the slopes, why not stay in a smaller resort? Harghita Bai boasts sublime scenery and is an ideal attraction for couples looking to experience a romantic winter break. After a long day on the mountain, you’ll be able to repair and rejuvenate yourselves in the relaxing mineral springs.
Your Romania ski holidays shouldn’t have to be spent entirely in the snow. Venturing further afield, head to the Bargau Valley where you can pay a visit to Hotel Castle Dracula. Positioned roughly in the position where the Count’s castle might have stood, this gothic building is a must-see. For the brave among you, there is the dreaded Fear Room. A ghostly crypt with murals retelling the story of Dracula, this area is a spine-chilling experience you won’t want to miss – venture inside if you dare!
For something a little less spooky, take a day trip to Romania’s vibrant capital, Bucharest. Known as the little Paris of the East, it holds a fantastic cultural heritage. From the iconic House of Parliament to the popular charm of the old town and the buzzing party locations, this is a capital that needs to be seen to be experienced.
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