Castles and Monasteries
The region has dozens of historical monuments spread both over the bustling cities, and especially over the mysterious hiding places of nature.
We recommend you to visit Poenari Castle, considered to be the true residence of the Romanian Prince Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Ţepes). Thrill lovers must cross the threshold of Haşdeu Castle, built by famous writer Bogdan Petriceicu Haşdeu after the plans transmitted during a séance by his daughter, Julia Haşdeu.
, historical UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an impressive complex of medieval Romanian architecture, while Cozia
monasteries host important Byzantine art collections. The beautiful Curtea de Argeş Monastery
contains the tombs of some of the most important kings, queens and princes of Romania. According to a legend, the church’s master builder Manole walled up his wife in order to ensure the building’s resistance.
Health Spa Resorts
One of the most spectacular areas of Wallachia is the western one, where the river Olt, sprang from Transylvania
, pierces the Carpathians’ stone, leaving behind beautiful gorges. Housed in the mountains are the health spa resorts Călimăneşti - Căciulata
. Here you can enjoy many treatments based on the therapeutic properties of thermal waters.
Things To Do
Specially arranged areas invite you to hunting, sport and recreational fishing. On the upper course of the Jiu river you can do rafting, and the mountainous relief allows paragliding launches in the depths of spectacular valleys. For adrenaline lovers, we recommend an incursion to the adventure theme park situated in the Vâlcan Mountains.
One-Day Trips in Wallachia
, Wallachia’s most important city, after the capital Bucharest
, is an ideal starting point for one-day trips.
Craiova - Târgu Jiu:
In the Northwest, 102 km from Craiova, you can visit the city Târgu Jiu, which houses the works of the great sculptor Constantin Brâncuşi. From here you can go to Rânca
resort, a true paradise for the winter sports fans, where snow covers the slopes five months a year.
Craiova - the Danube Gorge: To the west, 120 km from Craiova is the Danube Gorge (Clisura Dunării). The main attractions of the area are water sports, monumental landscapes and the numerous welcoming pensions.
Photos: 1 - Cozia Monastery; 2 - Gate of the Kiss by Constantin Brâncuşi; 3 - Vidra Lake; 4 - Cycling in the Southern Carpathians; 5 - Romanian folk dances
Below is a map showing the main cities and towns from Wallachia Region.