Before deciding when is the best time to visit Romania, it is important to know what options you have in each season. I bet that before selecting your next holiday destination you always check how is the weather there.
Sometimes it rains and nobody likes to be wet when travelling. Sometimes it is so hot that you are melting! You are not sure if the building you are seeing is actually a palace or you’re having hallucinations. Sometimes it is so cold that you prefer to visit restaurants and pubs instead of walking around the streets.
So, if you are wondering when to visit Romania, you should know that here you can experience all these situations. That is why you must first decide why do you want to visit it. And after that, you will see when is the best time to travel to Romania. Come and explore this beautiful country and see what each season has to offer.
Depending on what you are planning to do and see, every season can be the best season for Romania. So let’s take them one by one and discover how you can enjoy a trip here based on the weather conditions.
Romania winter season
Winter in Romania is a sequence of white, snowy days and dark, cold ones. Winter is the best if you want to see a snowy fairy tale, a white sea with idyllic views. Romania has some important ski resorts in the mountains, so you can have a whole holiday just practising winter sports. Poiana Brasov, Sinaia, Ranca or Straja are just some of them.
All have arranged ski slopes, chairlifts and welcoming hotels. After a day on the slopes in the evening, you can relax at one of the hotels with an indoor pool or in front of the fire in the fireplace.
And when you don’t feel like spending your time on the slope, you can enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow or you can visit the well-known attractions in the area.
Read also: Winter in Romania – Things to do
Another option is to explore the beautiful Romanian villages and enjoy the winter traditions that last for ages. Taste some specific Christmas cake, cozonac, a sort of panettone, but with a lot of nuts in it, and drink some palinka, a very cool and hot at the same time alcoholic drink. You will feel warmer in seconds! A Christmas in Maramures or in Bucovina is perfect if you want to discover these ancient traditions.
Spring in Romania
Spring can be the best time to go to Romania if you like nature. Spring in Romania is a great moment to attend nature’s show with thousands of green shades, smells, and sensations.
Also, it is a good idea if you want to walk in a lilac forest, run in a daffodil meadow, or see wildlife. Taste nature’s best and most healthy gift for humans: all the plants in the woods that are good to eat only in spring!
Read also: 10 Places to visit in Romania in Spring
Romanians celebrate Easter in Spring. And since this is the most important Orthodox celebration, you can also experience some interesting traditions if you visit Romania during Easter. The most important Easter tradition in Romania is painting eggs.
It is said that Saint Mary placed a basket of eggs under the cross on which her son Jesus was crucified. They were eggs she wanted to give to the soldiers to persuade them to take pity on her son. The blood of the Savior, the symbol of life, which flowed over the eggs in the basket, reddened them.
Hence the tradition is that on the Thursday before Easter the housewives paint eggs. The tradition was spread in Europe.
And while in some areas it has disappeared, in Romania it has become real art, eggs being hand-painted and transformed into real jewellery. In Bucovina, there is even an egg museum dedicated to this tradition.
Summer in Romania
Summer can be very hot in July and August, but can also be rainy in June. But usually, the weather is great for travel, so this is probably the best time to go to Romania if you want to visit its most important attractions.
Summer is for those who want to experience the coolness of the mountains on the most beautiful road in the world, Transfagarasan, or on the highest road in the country, Transalpina. Transfagarasan and Transalpina are open for cars only a few months a year.
Summer is a good choice if you want to wander on the streets of the beautiful cities in the country or to go hiking in the mountains.
You can freeze in Scarisoara cave, which has in it an underground glacier. Or you can just have fun at the seaside, in the most animated place in south-eastern Europe: Mamaia resort.
But you have to keep in mind that in summer, being a holiday for students in Romania, the seaside is extremely crowded even during the week.
The countryside in Transylvania is very welcoming during summer, so there is no greater period of the year if you want to enjoy the idyllic landscapes of this region.
Autumn in Romania
Fall may be the answer for you to the question “when to visit Romania?” if you want to taste a good wine with some delicious Romanian dishes.
During Autumn you can visit medieval fortresses, castles, and palaces surrounded by amazing colours: red, green, yellow, brown, all in the same place!
Autumn in Romania is a great time to explore the country for the spectacular fall foliage. September and October can be very warm, but for November you will need winter clothes.
Read also: Best places to visit in Romania in Autumn
The best month to visit Romania
Considering the things you want to do and the places you want to visit in Romania, you should first see which season is the best for you. If you just plan to explore parts of the country, it is better to choose a month with sunny weather and not too hot.
The best months to visit Romania are May, June, September, and October. There are around 20-25 degrees Celsius and the days are usually sunny. Sometimes it rains and the weather can be tricky, but it is better than a hot, summer day.
The important tourist attractions are usually crowded during the summer, and August is considered the peak of the tourist season in Romania. The days of the week are usually freer than the weekend, so the planning of the route through Romania should take into account this aspect as well.
Best time to visit Transylvania
Transylvania attracts tourists with its ancient legends, charming villages and medieval towns. In order to be able to explore them freely, you must have good weather, so summer is a perfect time to come to Transylvania.
Winter can also be a choice if you want to enjoy a white, idyllic landscape, with houses hidden in the snow and smoke coming out of the chimneys. Transylvania also has some beautiful Christmas fairs in Sibiu and Brasov that you can visit only in December.
Read extra details on this post about when to travel to Transylvania.
Best time to visit Bucharest
Since most of Bucharest’s tourist attractions are visited indoor, any moment can be the best time to travel to Bucharest Romania. But if you want to make sure you have a freer time, August is probably the best month to visit Bucharest.
Most of the inhabitants of the city are gone on vacation and so many places remain vacant, waiting like new guests. And after a few days in the country’s capital, you can start a longer route through Romania.
So did you decide when is the best time of year to visit Romania for you? You can check the weather here. But the truth is you can visit it at any time of the year! It is just a matter of perspective and, of course, new experiences!
When you plan your trip to Romania, don’t hesitate to contact us. Based on what you want to do and to visit, we can suggest to you the best moment to come. We can also adapt your itinerary considering the period of the year you already chose.
Do you need extra details about Romania? Please read our Romania Travel blog.