Do you know when is the best time of year to visit Romania?

Romania is an incredible country located in the Balkan Peninsula in the southeastern part of Europe.

It is an all-year-round destination thanks to its varied and beautiful landscape. Romania has everything you could wish for, high mountains, beautiful plains, incredible sea and even the second largest delta from Europe.

Rent a car from the airport and take a tour of the country to see its beauty.

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The best way to experience this magnificent country is taking a tour across the country, including the most important attractions. Renting a car is a good idea and the most comfortable and easiest way to visit Romania.

Bucharest to Transfagarasan Romania summer alpine road
Bucharest to Transfagarasan Romania summer alpine road

So, when is the best time of year to visit Romania ?

The right answer is depending on what are you interested in.
Each of the four seasons has its own beauty, its own places to visit and things to do.

Let’s take for example spring!

Spring: March, April and May

Spring is the period of the year when everything comes back to life! Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, the entire nature wakes up from the long and deep sleep over the winter.

The air smells beautiful, different kind of flowers perfumes the air with their smells!

The days are pretty cloudy and it is still cold outside, especially at the beginning of the spring. March is still a cold month with temperatures somewhere around 0 degrees Celsius. In mountain towns located at high altitude snow is very common in March.

Romania summer mountains view from Bucegi
Romania summer mountains view from Bucegi

In April weather is mostly cloudy and windy but the temperatures rise up to 10-15 degrees Celsius. Flowers are blooming and the farmers start to prepare their tools for harvesting the group.

Up in the mountains, the plains become greener and the wild creatures start searching more actively for food.

The best time of year to visit Romania is spring. The days are mostly sunny and warm, while the number of tourists is still low. You even might think of going to the beach by the end of May! The days are warm enough but the sea is still cold!

The prices are still reasonable, except for public holidays when everything goes crazy! The prices explode, the traffic is very intense, the quality of the services decrease. I do advise you to avoid visit Romania when is a public holiday! It is a waste of money and time!

Summer: June, July and August

Long and hot days of summer are ideal for the beach! The air temperature is pretty high so everybody is looking for a way to cool down! Some prefer to go to the beach, while others run up on top of the mountain.

It is the best period to explore the Romanian mountains and seaside. I don’t recommend to visit cities because they are very hot and crowded.

Fortified Church Transylvania Romania
Fortified Church Transylvania Romania

You’d better go somewhere up in the mountains, in the middle of nature to relax and enjoy the long days of summer.

Summer is peak season so prepare yourself for lots of tourists and long queue at most of the attractions.It is the holiday season for Romanians too, so expect a lot of traffic and high prices, especially on the seaside.

Just to have an idea! The prices at the seaside hotels’ triples in summer month compared with the rest of the year.

Still, if you are interested in exploring the area, the best time of year to visit Romania is summer.

Have you heard about Transfagarasan? If not, I will tell you! It is one of the most impressive mountain roads from Europe. Top Gear filmed a show on this road, that impressive it is! The only period of the year when it is open is during summer. The opening and closing of the road depend on weather conditions. So, check the road conditions and the weather forecast before you go.

Transfagarasan Romania summer snow best time of year to visit Romania
Transfagarasan Romania summer snow best time to visit Romania

Autumn: September, October and November

Autumn is my favourite time of the year! The nature is so beautiful in autumn! The Transylvanian traditional villages hidden between hills and forests are the perfect place to escape from your daily life.

Best time of year to visit Romania Romanian Village Autum Sunset
Best time to visit Romania Romanian Village Autum Sunset

It is the period of crops and festivals! Each village has its own festival! Most often are wine festivals! Transylvania has many beautiful wineries. Wine tasting is the best way to spend an autumn day!

The forest has incredibly beautiful colours and the wild animals prepare for winter.

September is still a warm month. In the first part of the month, you can go to the beach. The tourists are gone and the beach is just for you!

Black Sea Coast September Mamaia best beaches in Romania_
Black Sea Coast September Mamaia best beaches in Romania_

The prices are again reasonable and it is a great opportunity to explore the country and taste its traditional dishes.

Winter: December, January and February

The best time of year to visit Romania if you are a winter sports lover is December and January.

There are many slopes on Romanian mountain resorts. The longest and best-maintained slopes are the ones from Poiana Brasov.

Romania Winter Ski Slope in the mountains snow
Romania Winter Ski Slope in the mountains snow

Do you know what else I like in winter? I like that is the holiday season. And there are Christmas Markets everywhere. The ones from Sibiu, Cluj Napoca and Bucharest are the nicest ones.

Also, I have to tell you that Romania is the best place to spend Christmas with family and friends and experiencing traditions long forgotten in other parts of the world.

Christmas Market in Sibiu Transylvania Romania
Christmas Market in Sibiu Transylvania Romania

The Romanian villages in winter have a unique atmosphere and most of them keep the traditions alive. If the snow is big enough you even can go for a walk in a horse-drawn sledge. Carols are heard from different houses from the villages and everybody is waiting for Santa.

Winter is also the best time of the year to try traditional food like sarmale (cabbage rolls), cozonac ( a special pastry made for Christmas), pork stew, etc.

So when is the best time to visit Romania ?

Each season has its own charm and beauty. You know better what you are looking for.

In my opinion, the best time of year to visit Romania is late spring or early autumn because the weather is great and the prices are really reasonable.

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