Romania is one of my favourite countries in eastern Europe thanks to it’s wild landscapes punctuated by colourful fairytale towns and villages. From the myths and legends of Dracula in Transylvania to the bustling cities of Bucharest and Brasov, Romania is a fantastic destination to explore.
I’ve been visiting Romania for years and have been to the capital, Bucharest, Bran, Brasov, Sibiu and the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the medieval town of Sighisoara.
If you’re looking to get off the beaten path in Europe, then you really can’t go wrong with Romania. From the Carpathian Mountains to the Black Sea, there’s something for everyone in this ancient and scenic land.
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Bucharest is the capital of Romania and the former home of dictator Ceausescu. There’s plenty to see and do from exploring the vibrant old town with its many cafes, bars and restaurants to museums, the imposing Parliament building and more.
Brasov is a charming city in the northwest of Romania famous for its medieval old town full of brightly coloured buildings. The city is surrounded by forested mountains and is a great base for exploring Transylvania.
The Scottish Highlands is a wild and rugged land of glens (valleys), mountains, lochs, rivers and forests. Some of the highlights of the Highlands include Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Glencoe and Fort William.
Inverness is a city (formerly a town) and gateway to the Highlands. The city sits on the banks of the River Ness a few miles from famous Loch Ness, home of the legendary monster.
Ben Neis is the highest mountain in Scotland (and the whole of the UK) at 4.411 feet (1,344 metres). It’s located near the town of Fort William on the West Coast of the Scottish Highlands. It takes around eight hours to hike to the summit and back.