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There are various ways to keep yourself busy during your free time in Romania. Find out all that you need to know about leisure in this article.

Located in Central Europe, Romania is a very popular destination with expatriates. Indeed, thousands of tourists visit the country every year for its numerous and diverse places of interest, as well as its lush green natural landscape. If you intend to move there, whether alone or with your family, you will definitely not get bored as there is so much to discover in its different regions. You can also practice sports, and why not, enjoy several cultural outings and festivals along with different local lifestyles.


If you are keener about exploring nature, try visiting the Carpates, Bucegi and Rodna mountains, as well as coastal landscapes leading towards the Black Sea. These are especially appreciated by sportsmen and other amateurs for their breathtaking scenery. The Piatra Craiului National Park, for its part, is a birds' paradise. You can also go for a walk in the Retezat Natural Park and in the Apuseni Natural Park where you find several bird species as well as wolves.

Protected areas

Romania's natural heritage also includes protected areas such as the Rodnei, Ceahlau and Cozia National Parks, as well as other natural parks and scientific and natural reserves where you can also practice several sport activities. Indeed, some sites are famous for mountaineering, alpine ski, cross-country skiing, and even canyoning.

Winter sports

Romania is also famous for its wide mountain range with a height of more than 2,000 meters. Given the country's climate, cold and snow prevail in some regions such as Sinaia, Predeal, Poiana Brasov and Sibiu. These are especially appreciated by ski amateurs. Besides ski stations, you will also find several other activities, namely rinks, hiking trails, etc.

Thermal stations and spas

On the Black Sea coast, balneotherapy has been attracting tourists in large numbers since some time. For instance, you can visit thermal stations in the following regions: Baile Felix, Tusnad, Sovata and Baile Herculane.


Romania also holds a huge cultural and historical heritage thanks to some 1,500 art, history and culture museums. Moreover, you can enjoy several cultural events and festivals throughout the year, namely the International Amateur Theater Festival, the National and International Sports Dances Festival, the International Jazz Festival, as well as the Cerf d’or, which is an international light music festival, etc.

Urban activities

Besides all these natural and cultural activities, you can also enjoy the urban lifestyle in a more relax way. You can find bars and restaurants almost everywhere in major Romanian cities. You will also be able to discover and enjoy the local cuisine along in a musical setting.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Leisure in Romania Forum 
Romania National Tourism Office www.romania.travel

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