Ranca , a resort in the Carpathian mountains


Arriving in Romania's countryside, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd fallen into a fairytale. Rugged mountains are sprinkled with tiny, traditional villages. Medieval castles with dark, fascinating legends, are dotted across the picturesque landscape, hinting at the country's long and turbulent history.

In contrast, urban Romania has modern, cosmopolitan cities with international and traditional foods. And, the Black Sea coast is lined with seaside resort towns, very different from the old salt mines and painted monasteries of the north.

The old town, Cluj Napoca

12 interesting things to do in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Cluj is a city with a diverse population, gorgeous architecture, and an abundance of history. Here are some things to know before visiting the city, from an expat's perspective.

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