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Saint Sava Church in Iasi (1625) © Mihai Bulai

What you should know about Moldova

Moldova (known as Moldavia in English) is yet again another region that beautifully combines authentic folklore, astonishing natural beauty and a rich history. Here you can find century-old churches and monasteries, museums, old fortresses and natural parks, perfect for hiking, trekking or watching wildlife.
Iasi, the cultural capital of Moldova, is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Romania. The first Romanian newspaper was published here, and the first Romanian university established in Iasi.
Moldavia is well known for its well-preserved New Year’s traditions, when the participants dress up as animals such as bears, goats, horses and stags, or don masks representing village characters.
  1. Visit Iasi, with nearly 100 Orthodox churches, all set in the Golden Plateau, and its neo-gothic Palace of Culture, housing three museums.
  2. Around Iasi, make sure to visit the myriad of fortresses, palaces, strongholds and manor houses from centuries gone by, including Miclăușeni, Polizu, Ruginoasa, Hermeziu, Țibănești, Popești, Bârnova, and Iași.
  3. Thanks to its ethnic diversity, Moldavia is not only the proud home of the oldest Armenian church in Europe in Botoșani, but also to the oldest Synagogue in Romania, situated in Iași.
  4. The Ceahlau Mountain was the sacred mountain of the Dacians, and as such, Romania’s Mount Olympus. A trip to Moldova is not complete without a hiking through the Ceahlaul National Park, where bird enthusiasts could also observe dozens of bird species.
  5. For centuries, Moldavia has been renowned for its vineyards and fine wines. One third of the wine growing area of Romania is to be found here, with a large number of native Romanian varieties. One of the most famous wineries is the Cotnari Vineyards, established in 1448.
  6. Learn about centuries of village life at the “Nicolae Popa” Ethnographic Museum in Tarpesti, where you will discover rural traditions, folk art and an impressive collection of masks.
  7. Visit Agapia Monastery from Neamt County, painted by Nicolae Grigorescu, one of the founders of modern Romanian painting. Neamt region is replete with tourist attractions, both man-made and natural, ideal for the culture seekers, but also for hiking and wildlife watching.
  8. Bicaz Gorge, the passageway between Moldavia and Transylvania, is one of the most spectacular drives in the country, with its 8 kilometres of ravines and serpentines. It’s also one of the main hiking and rock climbing sites in Romania.
  9. Galati Harbour is the biggest harbour on the Danube river, and well worth a visit.