To the pride of the locals and to the joy of the visitors, there are still many traditional villages in Romania, with an enormous tourist potential and with a gentle image, clean and untouched by the era of technology or modern architecture, regions that can offer you unique experiences and make you return to time and look at life from a truly authentic perspective.
Porumbacu de Sus, Sibiu county
The village is located at the base of the Fagaras Mountains, more precisely near the Negoiu peak and, besides the traditional houses with gates specific to the area, the settlement is surrounded by landscapes of captivating beauty. The Porumbacu river passes right through the center of the village, and the Liscov stream, located at one of the extremities of the settlement, represents a real oasis of peace.
The road between Porumbacu de Jos and Porumbacu de Sus villages is very charming, with meadows on either side, corn, raspberries and potatoes plantations.
If you are lucky enough, you will have the opportunity to see even deer, wild rabbits or foxes, because the area is known as a true paradise of these creatures.
One of the recent tourist attractions that appeared right at the entrance to Porumbacu de Sus is the beloved Clay Castle from Valea Zanelor (Fairies’ Valley), so if you plan to visit the village, don’t forget to stop at least for a few moments here, as well. The forest road to the marble quarry, located in the same direction, is again a check mark for forest and fresh air lovers.
Route from Bucharest: DN1 Ploiesti – Brasov – Fagaras – Porumbacu de Jos – Porumbacu de Sus (approximately 285 km).
7 must-visit traditional villages in Romania
Colesti, Bihor county
Located at the foot of the Apuseni Mountains, Colesti village is a truly unique type of settlement. Most of the houses are arranged in a spherical shape, around a naturally formed lake, and the hospitality of the locals and the superb landscape of the surrounding nature attract, every year, more and more tourists.
Several young families have distinguished themselves by returning to the rural areas where they grew up, managing to recondition some old houses and initiate projects that aim to bring back to life a village forgotten by time.
Viscri, Brasov county
The village became famous especially thanks to Prince Charles, who chose to buy a series of properties and spend his holidays here. The village is part of Bunesti commune.
Viscri currently boasts with over 30,000 visitors a year and consists largely of traditional Saxon houses, located on either side of the main street that crosses it.
A visit to the Fortified Church in the village is not to be missed, and accommodation in one of the traditional houses will make the experience of any tourist arriving in Viscri an unforgettable memory.
At the same time, you can enjoy traditional food, and if you like cycling, the surrounding hills are eagerly awaiting to be explored.
Route from Bucharest: (DN1) – Ploiesti – Brasov – Rupea – Viscri (approximately 270 km).
Lunca de Sus, Harghita county
Another truly authentic village is Lunca de Sus village, located in Valea Ghimesului, an area so picturesque and quiet that no one and nothing will make you want to leave it.
In addition to the traditional beauties of the village, adventure enthusiasts have the opportunity for a unique experience, namely a bobsled ride, precisely because a bobsled track has recently been set up in the area.
Route from Bucharest: Ploiesti – Brasov – Sfantu Gheorghe – Baile Tusnad – Miercurea Ciuc – Lunca de Sus (approximately 310 km).
7 must-visit traditional villages in Romania
Cartisoara, Sibiu county
The village belongs to the commune of the same name and is located at the foot of the Fagaras Mountains, on the bank of the Cartisoara stream, being also at the beginning of the route to the beautiful Transfagarasan road.
The legendary shepherd Badea Cartan has his origins in this village, and the houses, gardens and captivating stories of the locals will fascinate you.
The village of Cartisoara is in the immediate vicinity of the village of Porumbacu de Sus (or of the Clay Castle from Valea Zanelor), so it can be visited on the same day by those eager for a double original rural experience.
Route from Bucharest: Pitesti – Curtea de Arges – Brezoi – Talmaciu – Avrig – Porumbacu de Jos – Cartisoara (198 km)
Rimetea, Alba county
Perhaps one of the most beautiful villages in Romania, if not the most beautiful one, Rimetea was awarded the Europa Nostra prize of the European Commission for the conservation of cultural heritage.
Part of the commune with the same name, Rimetea is the place where you will have the opportunity to admire completely authentic traditional houses. The time in this settlement seems to have stopped at least 100 years ago, precisely because the villagers here understood the true value of the architecture of their properties, choosing to preserve them and keep them authentic.
Route from Bucharest: Pitesti – Curtea de Arges – Brezoi – Sibiu – Sebes – Teius – Aiud – Coltesti – Rimetea (approximately 400 km).
Dubova, Mehedinti county
If you plan to visit the Danube Gorge in the near future, on the left bank of the river you will find the village of Dubova, which belongs to the commune of the same name, along with the villages of Baia Noua and Eibenthal.
The view of the area is truly beautiful, and in addition to the amazing spectacle of nature, you can visit several religious monuments such as Mraconia Monastery or Dubova Church and several traditional mills: the Village Mill, the Middle Mill, the Mill from Par.
Route from Bucharest: Pitesti – Craiova – Drobeta-Turnu Severin – Orsova – Dubova (approximately 390 km).