Our Ultimate Travel to Unspoilt Traditional Villages of Romania
Romania is one of the last places in Europe where people live a medieval lifestyle from choice. Residents of rural and remote areas preserve an unspoiled rustic way of life, similar to their ancestors’.
I live in the south-eastern part, but I don’t miss a chance to visit the traditional villages of Bucovina in the north. After only six months from our last visit, we are back to the Romanian countryside.
But this time, we didn’t plan to find traditional craftsmen. We wanted to relax, to try be more like tourists…
So we arrived safe a week ago, and because I drank cold water from the fountain, I caught a bad flu the next day after our arrival. I ate a jar of organic pine honey in 5 days, and tea with half a lemon twice a day. During my treatment, I couldn’t miss a day without going out and enjoying the views.
I love these landscapes, but I know there’s more to find out, I want to find out what’s inside these houses, how are the village people, what are they doing and their secrets.
And we are back to doing what we love most. Glad we did it, because we met people, stories and places.
The Mountain Men From Bucovina
These people’s hospitality should be legendary! They are good hearted, hard working men, living a self sufficient lifestyle in the Carpathian Mountains.
They invited us, two strangers inside their houses, without even asking us who we are, or what we want.
And they are all the same, without any exception. They still use old means of transportation and care for their animals and crops. For example, our aunt Viorica never spends too many hours away from home, because she must feed the cow.
They will treat their guests better than a family member. After inviting us in, they sat us at the table and gave us food and water.
And they gave us the best smoked meat to take home. Seriously, I love these people and hope they will never change!
These days, people in the Romanian villages are making the final Christmas preparations. They prepare the smoked meat and sausages. The weavers disassemble their looms to make space. On 23 and 24 they cook traditional food.
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Looking to escape from everyday life, relax and enjoy rural lifestyle?
Then visit Bucovina, not only for it’s traditional villages and kind people, but also for it’s rich cultural heritage. The area – also known as the “land of painted monasteries”, eight of which are part of UNESCO Wold Heritage – is “scattered with a collection of 15th-century painted monasteries – many with the unusual distinction of having murals painted on the outside as well as the inside, ranking them among Europe’s most fascinating artistic achievements.
While many of the monasteries can be accessed by public transport, joining a guided tour is a good idea to maximise time and glean the most information”, writes LonelyPlanet.
There are quite a few of them, so if you are driving by car, take your time to see them all. If you want to pick a guided tour, then Rolandia’s “8 Days in the Land of Bukowina” may be the right adventure for you. It includes village tours, hiking and visits of cultural heritage attractions, while being accommodated in a complex of traditional houses, surrounded by forest.
If you have any questions about Romania, Romanians and travelling to Romania, please e-mail or ask me below. I will be glad to help. Also, if you already travelled before, I’d love to hear about your experience.