Spring in Romania is a great moment to explore the country. The season is absolutely stunning because you can literally see how everything starts to come to life. Snow is melting, the grass and trees are getting their emerald green back, and colorful flowers are blooming, covering the wonderful meadows.
Whether you are coming for a short city break, Easter holiday, or a quick vacation, you’ll really enjoy Romania in spring to the fullest.
In this article, we’ve put together a top-of-ten destination you could enjoy this season. So stick around to see what we’ve prepared for you.
Japanese Garden in Bucharest
If you’re looking for a blooming spring, then your first visit should be to Bucharest. The whole Japanese Garden in Herastrau Park is an absolute joy for the eyes and the soul.
This garden is a reflection, a piece of a very complex view of the world and life, and it awaits to be discovered.
This little piece of Japanese culture promises a wonderful time with delicious picnics under the pink and white blossoms. You’ll not be delighted only visually, but also all your senses will have a taste of the flowers’ light perfume.
Natural reservations in Romania: The Danube Gorge
Romanian is all about blossoming in the spring. And nature doesn’t seem to stop amazing us with its beauty.
One of the most beautiful areas in Romania is the Danube Gorge. Here the imperious mountain and calm water are perfectly harmonized. You will feel that humankind and wilderness are finally reunited into a single place of unique beauty.
The wild tulips that grow around the Iron Gated natural reservation will really capture your full attention. It is a rare, unique flower and charms the viewers with its delicate yellow petals.
Just like any other unique treasure of Romania’s resources, these flowers have a legend attached to them. Locals say that the tears of a little girl transformed into yellow tulips after she was chased away from her house. Legend or not, the area’s picturesque landscape will be worth your attention.
Unlike any other fortress in Romania, Enisala has hundred of years old stories to tell. It was there even when the powerful Genovese merchants controlled the maritime commerce of the Black Sea.
This medieval fortress is located in Dobrogea. It survived the Turkish-Russian wars from the 19th century, giving the people a stunning view. Its uniqueness and historical importance make it one of the top attractions from the shore of the Black Sea.
What people know less about this place is that nearby you can enjoy a beautiful wild peony reservation. Just nearby Enisala village, ideally placed between the beach and the oak forests, resides the breathtaking reservation of wild peonies. This is just one of the many wild peony reservations in Romania.
You’ll have the excellent opportunity to enjoy nature’s show given by the contrast of the green forests and the red peonies.
Bucovina for a traditional Easter
In a more traditional context, the people of Bucovina welcome you to celebrate Easter with them. Spring is a time of celebration for all Romanians, yet this time of the year feels different in the mystic lands of Bucovina.
Bucovina is famous for its customs and traditions that are hundreds of years old. These traditions are still very much alive and shared even with the littlest members of the community.
Egg painting is perhaps the most iconic of the crafts that happen in this area. And you’ll be more than welcome to try it yourself. Another interesting tradition happens on Easter night when people “watch fires” on the hills. While the fire burns all night on the hills villagers gather to tell stories about Jesus’s life.
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Bontida and Bánffy Castle
In the other part of the country, in Transylvania, customs and traditions are still alive. Yet some people enjoy a walk in nature on the lands of the famous Bánffy Castle.
This castle has a lot of meaning for the people of Cluj county as it was called at some point the Transylvanian Versailles. The building has characteristics of different decades, and you’ll see features belonging to Renaissance, Baroque, and Romantic styles.
The nature surrounding the castle has many surprises for its travelers. Besides the stunning landscapes, here is also the land of the blue butterfly. lilac is another spring flower that decorates the castle.
Blue is a color that resides everywhere. You can see it in Somes’s river color, which runs through the area, in the stories about blue-blooded nobles that lived in the castle, in the traditional blue cottages with their volcanic stone shrines, or the lavender and berry fields.
Ponoarele is a commune located in Mehedinti county, where you can experience the miracles of nature. This area is most popular for its natural and open road traffic bridge, called the God’s Bridge. The 30-meter-long bridge is made of massive rock and was formed when the ceiling of a cave collapsed.
The bridge is the second one in Europe as dimension, and it’s a fascinating wonder of nature. Given its spectacular look, many legends have appeared through the years. And those legends attract every traveler to the place. So if you want to hear the stories and legends linked to the place, locals will be glad to tell you.
As you’re in the area, you should also make a stop at the wild lilac reservation. Romania’s wild nature contains many flower reservations To get there, you’ll have to take a walk across the stream, where you can also admire that picturesque landscape. You’ll know when you’re near the forest reservation as the explosion of color, and perfume will delight all your senses.
Best regions in Romania in Spring: Dobrogea
Dobrogea is considered a land so old that it seems like you can’t discover everything with one visit. While the region is impressive all year long, spring is the time when nature lovers are simply amazed by the beauty of the surrounding.
Everywhere on the hills and meadows, you’ll admire the red spots provided by the endless number of poppy flowers. Their mental only enhance the region’s beauty, which includes antic fortresses, fascinating monasteries and mosques, popular vineyards, caves, and sunny beaches. Yes, poppies are also present on the remote beaches right before the land meets the golden sand.
A must-see attraction in spring is the village of Biertan. Surrounded by marvelous nature, the astonishing Saxon village of Transylvania hides a fortified church.
This gothic masterpiece was built between 1486 and 1524, and it still reigns above the village. Its particular features still attract many curious tourists thirsty for legends and myths.
The fortified church has a unique altar, which is the largest in Transylvania. It consists of 28 icons, and the door to the treasury room (dating from 1515) still has its 19 closing points intact.
The view from the top of the hill will be worth every step as everything becomes colorful and full of life again in spring.
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Not far from the forever busy Bucharest is Mogosaia. Located in Ilfov, Mogosoaia is home to an impressive selection of attractions and experiences, making it well worth a visit.
The first attraction is obviously the Mogosoaia place which easily passes as one of the most incredible palaces near Bucharest. Its history goes back more than 300 years, and it was part of the lives of powerful families in the history of Southern Romania.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the palace is its beautiful grounds and gardens filled with flower arrangements that delight the viewers’ sight.
Spring traditions in Romania: Martisor in Oltenia
Preserving and passing down traditions from generation to generation means refusing to break with the past. The connection with the past is a sacred one in Oltenia, so the people of Oltenia respect, whenever necessary, customs and traditions inherited from their ancestors.
This region of Romania is also full of customs and traditions, especially when spring begins. The first day of March marks the start of the seasons when people of the region craft the beautiful spring symbol—martisorul.
Martisorul is actually a little “jewelry” crafted with a white and red cord that is offered to loved ones on March 1st.
The celebration’s origins are not exactly known, but it is considered that it appeared during the Roman Empire, when the New Year was celebrated on the first day of spring, in the month of Mars. Mars was not only the god of war but also of fertility and vegetation. This duality is noted in the colors of the martisor, white meaning peace, and red – war.
On a more Christian approach, there’s also the celebration of the 40 martyrs from Sevastia. Linked to a cruel legend where 40 Christian soldiers were killed for their belief, the day of 9 March is dedicated to them. In their honor, the people of Oltenia, and other regions of Romania, bake a special sweet treat called “mucenici”. Shaped in the form of the number eight, this dessert is first blessed by the priest and then shared with loved ones.
Mucenici is actually a sweet dough baked and topped with sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts symbolizing the martyrs.
As you can see there are plenty of wonders to discover, especially around spring in Romania. From natural wonders, flower blooms, and unique views to authentic customs and traditions, spring is definitely a season you’ll enjoy without a doubt.
So what are you waiting for? Book your itinerary today and transform your spring break into a memory you’ll cherish forever. Here are some itineraries to try on a Spring holiday: