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Bucharest to Brasov (by car)

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Bucharest to Brasov (by car)

We're flying to Romania next week and have booked a car at the airport (OTP). We're planning to do a round trip through Brasov and Sibiu and maybe back through Tirgoviste (over two weeks).

Given that we want to avoid the big cities as much as possible, how far should we plan to travel on the first day to find somewhere relaxed? The "Valea Doftanei" region looks promising, but is it do-able in a tiny hatch-back or is that just asking for trouble? Anywhere with mountains, valleys, natural forests or rivers would be great.

And arriving on a Sunday, is it going to be easy to find accommodation, restaurants, information, etc? Or would it be better to just find a hotel near the airport and set off on the Monday?

Grateful for any advice or recommendations. And yes, it's going be be hot ;)

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1. Re: Bucharest to Brasov (by car)

Hello,

if you have 2 weeks to spend in Romania, you have plenty of time to cover more than Brasov and Sibiu, so do not stay stuck to this region.

I would say make Brasov your base for 3 days and Sibiu for 3 or 4, you can explore further to Maramures Region and even go to the painted monasteries in north Moldavia region.

For first day, you can get to Brasov and still have a lot of time to spare...so you could actually stop in Poiana Tapului and go to the Urlatoarea Waterfall, or stop at Sinaia and visit Peles Castle and Sinaia monastery.

As for accommodation, you might be ok, deppending where you are planning to stay. In Brasov area there are enough accommodation places ( Poiana Brasov, Bran, Moeciu...just a few places to look into).

One thing you should know about Mondays....all museums are closed on Mondays, including castles and fortresses. The only one open as far as I know is Rasnov Fortress.

So would be a good idea to plan in doing things that are not related to visiting museums or castles and such. For example you could try outdoor activities, like hiking, atvs, horse riding, karting.

Hope this is helpful. Have a nice vacation.

Gabriela

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2. Re: Bucharest to Brasov (by car)

I have just spent 10 days in Romania visiting friends who work there. We had a wonderful trip starting off leaving Buchareast and travelling to Tulcea, on the Danube Delta, where we stayed in a very nice pensionne. We took a full day trip on the delta on a private boat which cost four of us in the region of £30 each.

We then drove across country to Transylvania to Sinaia where we stayed at the pensionne Vila Giovanni. The pensionne was like a swiss chalet, the rooms were comfortable with en suite and full use of the kitchen. Both the rooms we reserved had balconies and cost approx. £15 per room per night. Although Romania was going through a heat wave we did not need air-conditioning up in the mountains. The Peles and Pelisor Castles are in this village and well worth a visit. We also visited a very attractive monestery on our walk up the hill to the Pelisor.

We visited Predeal, a lovely mountain resort on the way to Dracula's castle- Bran Castle. We returned to Sinaia through cold mountain where the film was made. We did see Brasov but it is just another city which does not merit a visit.

With more time I would have loved to visit the painted churches up north in Bucovina but there was not enough time.

The roads were very good so don't worry about your tiny hatch-back. You will easily travel to Brasov from Bucharest - about 3 hours max.

Have a great trip. It is a wonderful and facinating country .

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3. Re: Bucharest to Brasov (by car)

Thanks for those great replies. Looks like it's back to the books for the next week finding all those locations on the map (-; We're only making a rough plan at this stage and will 'play it by ear' during the trip. The Cascada Urlatoarea is definately on our list though - and any other cascadas we can find along the way (not many waterfalls in the low countries, but lots of delta (-;).

We're not so much interested in the touristic areas as in seeing the nature, culture and meeting local people - so mountains, valleys, markets and festivals if we can find them.

If nothing goes horribly wrong we might even think about moving to Romania in the next year so we really want to get a feel for how things are on the ground.

mulţumesc.

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