Although the ninth largest country by area in the European
Union, Romania remains largely rural, undeveloped and unspoilt.
Nowhere is the country's outstanding natural beauty more evident
than around the Carpathian Mountains which form a sweeping crescent
at Romania's heart. An idyllic location for walkers and wildlife
enthusiasts, numerous hiking trails wind through the wildflower
meadows and pine-forested foothills beneath the majestic peaks.
Similarly stunning is the delta of the River Danube, a protected
area of wetlands and a haven for birdwatchers where this legendary
waterway meets the Black Sea in southern Romania. These
awe-inspiring landscapes are punctuated by ancient castles and
remarkably-preserved medieval villages in many of which traditional
folklore, crafts and customs are still maintained. By contrast,
Romania's great cities such as Braşov and the capital, Bucharest, offer an
engaging melting pot of history, culture, fine architecture and art
along with contemporary shopping, entertainments and a host of
superb restaurants, bars and cafes.