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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 activities in the country in this article.

Located in Central Europe, Romania is becoming a popular destination with expatriates. In addition to offering its visitors numerous and diverse places of interest as well as a lush green natural landscape, the country boasts a much lower cost of living compared to most other countries in Europe. There is plenty to discover in Romania: from cultural outings and festivals to picturesque hikes and sporting events.

Nature

If you are keen on discovering Romania’s natural beauty, don’t miss visits to the Carpates, Bucegi, and Rodna mountains offering stunning views of flowered valleys and clear lakes. Then, there are the coastal landscapes of the Black Sea best experienced in the bustling Constanta, the party capital of Mamaia or the tranquil Vama Veche. The Piatra Craiului National Park, for its part, is a birds' paradise while in the Apuseni Natural Park you can even spot wolves and other wild animals.

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 indulge in some sporting activities. Indeed, some sites are famous for mountaineering, alpine ski, cross-country skiing, and even canyoning.

Winter sports

Romania is famous for its wide mountain ranges with the height of more than 2,000 metres. 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. If skiing is not your cup of tea, you will easily find other other activities to enjoy: skating rinks, hiking trails, etc.

Thermal stations and spas

Wellness enthusiasts will appreciate the fact that Romania is home to over 70 natural spas and a third of Europe’s thermal springs. In fact, balneotherapy (a traditional medical treatment of bathing) makes tourists flock to Romania’s coastal regions in large numbers in order to experience the treatment’s benefits first hand. Some of the largest thermal spas are located in the regions of Baile Felix, Tusnad, Sovata, and Baile Herculane.

Culture

Romania also holds a huge cultural and historical heritage in the form of some 1,500 art, history and culture museums. Moreover, you can enjoy several cultural events and festivals throughout the year, namely the International Amateur Theatre 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

In addition to beautiful natural landscapes and a variety of cultural events, there is the urban lifestyle to explore. In major cities, you will not be strapped for a choice of dining options, nightclubs, bars, and more.

 Useful link:

Romania National Tourism Office

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