On the spotlight again: The Sun invites tourists to ‘enjoy a vampire weekend in Transylvania’
The Sun editors spent 48 hours in Transylvania, launching an appealing invitation to visit it. While reminding that Lonely Planet named Transylvania its No.1 region to visit this year, the British newspaper notes that the Romanian famous region is more than just about Dracula.
“With an edgy art scene, epic landscapes and gothic castles, it’s a bargain European city break – garlic and crucifixes optional,” The Sun writes.
They begin the feature by recommending tourists to go gallery-hopping. “Cluj-Napoca, Transylvania’s biggest city, has pop-up exhibitions and theatres galore. Wander around The Paintbrush Factory, a sprawling collective of galleries, artists’ studios and theatre spaces, for free. Then swing by gallery Quadro to pick up local pottery and photography. Finish at The Pharmacy History Collection in the National History Museum, where you’ll find a Harry-Potter-esque trove of potions and antique lab equipment, entry £1.”
Further on, The Sun notes that visitors can go visit the Libearty Bear Sanctuary while help with feeding and watch cubs or visit the on-site teddy bear museum.
The ski resort of Poiana Brasov or the Bran Castle are also mentioned as must see destinations, as well as Sighisoara. “Continue the Dracula trail in Sighisoara – the birthplace of Vlad The Impaler, whom Dracula was based on – a UNESCO World Heritage Site with cobbled streets and gingerbread-style houses.”
The Transylvanian cuisine is not forgotten, with sarmale (mincemeat wrapped in cabbage), and papanși (fried doughnuts with wild fruit jam) topping the kickshaws’ list.