Rugged Romania doesn’t fail to charm with its modern cities, rocky mountain landscapes and fascinating history and culture. The capital makes for the perfect introduction to the country. Explore its world-class museums and galleries, hit the boutique shops to bag a bargain or follow the locals to one of the bustling city restaurants or bars. While it’s tempting to stick to just the capital Bucharest, there’s so much more to discover beyond the city walls. Your best bet is to pick up one of the Romania car rentals which offers the freedom to explore at your own pace. Whether you’ll looking to satisfy that inner culture vulture or hit the hiking trails in search of some of Europe’s most spectacular wildlife, you’ll always find something which fits the bill.
Dining in Romania
While Romanian cuisine might not have had its day in the lime light, dining out is always a pleasure. The country is known for its hearty, rustic cuisine where pork is king. For first timers, it would be unthinkable not to try the national dish sarmale, cabbage rolls stuffed with minced pork and rice. Then there’s ciorba de burta, a rich, buttery soup made from tripe, and balmos, a polenta dish topped with melted Romanian cheese. Head out of the city in your Romania car hire, and there are more treats to be found like mititei, a type of minced meat sausage, and a meat ball dish called cighiri. You can sign off any meal with papanasi, a traditional doughnut toped with sour cream and jam.
Attractions in Romania
Romania isn’t short on things to do. After you’ve explored the dazzling attractions in the capital, you can hop in your car rental from Bucharest and head off into rural Romania to explore the countries other attractions. History buffs looking for their fix shouldn’t miss one of the country’s most celebrated castles like the 19th century Peles Castle or Bran Castle, once the home of the rulers who inspired the stories of Dracula. Then there’s Romania’s natural wonders like Salina Turda, an impressive underground salt mine, Scărișoara Cave which houses Europe’s second largest underground glacier, or Berca Mud Volcano which has been likened to the surface of the moon.
Romania driving routes
If you’ve picked up your car rental in Romania during the summer months, you’re in for a treat. The famous Transfagarasan, Romania’s second highest route, has been named the best road in the world. The road links Sibiu to Pitesti and twists and turns through hairpin bends, through tunnels and across viaducts for more than 151 kilometres providing some of the most exciting driving imaginable. Along the way, there are some magnificent natural wonders to stop at including Balea Waterfall and Vidraru Lake. It’s worth remembering that the road is only open during the summer as winter brings the threat of snowy avalanches.
Romania car rental
So, you’re sold on a car hire in Romania. The easiest place to pick up your vehicle is at Bucharest’s international airport. Its just a short drive down into the capital and most of the hotels. Be sure to pick a hotel which has parking as spots to leave your car overnight can be a little tricky to find. In Romania, motorists drive on the right and overtake on the left. It’s worth remembering that the use of your horn is prohibited in urban areas between 10pm and 6am. Driving limits are in keeping with most of the rest of Europe – 50 kph in built up areas, 90 kph on the open road, 100 kph on the dual carriage ways and 130 kph on motorways.