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The Black Sea coast has numerous resorts, some very crowded and some more laid back. If you prefer the first category, you should check out Mamaia, Neptun, Olimp, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mangalia, Eforie. The second category includes the very young and bohemian Vama Veche, 2 Mai, Vadul. The Danube Delta is Romania's youngest and lowest piece of land. The best preserved delta in Europe is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991. The landscape consists of channels, lakes and low sandy pieces of land, over 300 species of birds, unique vegetation, pitoresque villages, also home to the Lipovan Russians minority. Maramures is a very well-defined geografical, historical and ethno-cultural region of Romania, best know for the wooden churches of Barsana, Budesti, Desesti, Ieud, Plopis, Poienile Izei, Rogoz, Surdesti, all featured on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Also worth some attention are the two major cities Baia Mare and Satu Mare, the Merry Cemetery in the village of Sapanta, Sighetu Marmatiei, a beautiful small town, home to one of the most fearce communist prisons and also one of the best open-air museums in Romania. Moldova is maybe most famous for its painted monasteries, Arbore, Humor, Voronet, Moldovita and Sucevita, all built between 1487 and 1532, with beautiful exterior religious paintings, but also for its cities, Iasi, Suceava, Piatra Neamt, Bacau. The transylvanian medieval urban complexes are some of the best preserved in the country and on the continent: Brasov, Sighisoara, Medias, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Alba-Iulia, Targu-Mures, Bistrita. From medieval times also are the fortified churches of Transylvania (Biertan, Viscri, Valea Viilor, Calnic, Darjiu, Prejmer, Saschiz), also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The most popular castles and fortresses are the Bran Castle, often associated with the legend of count Dracula, the Rasnov fortress, also included in some Dracula theme tours, the Peles Castle, the "crib" of the Romanian Royal Family, the Poenari fortress, thought to be one of the most haunted places in the world, the Dacian fortresses of the Orastie Mountains (Sarmizegetusa, Blidaru, Piatra Rosie, Costesti, Capalna and Banita), the best preserved remains of ancient Dacian civilization, the Corvinesti Castle in Hunedara, the most beautiful Gothic castle in Romania. The Carpathian Mountains offer a wide range of attractions, from wonderful hiking paths to great slopes for those winter sport fanatics. Try the Romanian national parks: Apuseni, Bucegi, Buila-Vanturarita, Calimani, Ceahlau, Cheile Bicazului-Hasmasu Mare, Cheile Nerei-Beusnita, Cozia, Domogled-Valea Cernei, Mehedinti, Maramuresului, Rodnei, Piatra Craiului, Portile de Fier, Retezat, Semenic-Cheile Carasului. The best ski resorts are those of the Prahova Valley (Predeal, Sinaia, Busteni, Azuga), Poiana Brasov (near Brasov), Arieseni (in the Apuseni Mountains), Borsa (in Maramures county), Straja (in Hunedoara county), Vatra Dornei (in Suceava county),etc.

Edited byelizaday on 27.02.2009 on 27.02.2009 virginasfamily on 06.05.2008 gabitzu on 18.06.2006 melaniera2000 on 12.10.2005

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