The most 15 enchanting Romanian villages featured in El Pais

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One of the most important newspapers in Spain, El Pais has published an article praising the most 15 enchanting villages in Romania, recommending Spanish tourists to visit them.

Iconic spots like Ciocanesti, Jurilovca, Sirnea, Rasinari, Botiza,  Rimetea or Viscri have impressed the Spanish journalists through their nature landscape, architecture and traditions.


  1. Bazna – Spanish journalists described this region in Transylvania as influenced by the German culture, noteworthy for its hot springs, and its medieval churches dating back in the 14th century.
  2. Polovragi –El Pais says that the cave and monastery here are the main tourist attractions of this village in Gorj county, whose name, Polovraga, comes from a plant from the Carpathians used by Dacians as a cure.
  3. Cârlibaba – the commune in Suceava county is praised for the natural beauty of the surroundings. „An authentic incursion in the rural Romania”.
  4. Șirnea, Brasov – it is most appreciated for its pure waters and for the beautiful ancient traditions, with the Spanish reporters mentioning the Midsummer’s Day celebrations, on June 23-24.
  5. Rășinari – „is one of the oldest settlements in Sibiu, owing its name to the resin that locals used to pick up and boil in order to sell it to the paint producers”. The village is also mentioned as being the home of famous poet Octavian Goga and writer/philosopher Emil Cioran.
  6. Botiza – Spanish reporters say about this village in Maramures, northern Romania that it is famous for its handmade wool fabrics, but also for its original houses with wooden tall artfully carved gates.
  7. Breb – „The wood is the main feature of this village in Maramures region”, reads the El Pais description. Everything is made of wood here, from houses to churches.
  8. Ciocănești – „Locals in Ciocanesti, Bukovina, are preserving the traditions to decorate their house facades with traditional motifs, as their ancestors used to do”. The same motifs are also used to garnish Easter eggs or folk costumes.
  9. Biertan – The church in Biertan, build during 1490 and 1516 in Gothic style, is one of the temples erected by the Transylvanian Saxons that was declared UNESCO patrimony. „It is one of the most popular places in Transylvania”, the paper also notes.
  10. Viscri – „In 2006, Prince Charles of Great Britain bought a house here, which dates back to the 18th century, in order to help preserving local traditions and to urge to a sustainable tourism”.
  11. Târgu Neamț – „It is the only locality featured here that is a city, with its main attractions being the Neamt castle dating back to the 16th century, the memorial house of poetess Veronica Micle and the Humulesti village, the native village of Romanian writer Ion Creanga.
  12. Rimetea – It is the only locality in Romania that received the European Commission’s Europa Nostra prize for Preserving the Cultural Material Patrimony  in 1999, following the rehabilitation of 138 Magyar traditional houses.
  13. Jurilovca – „It is an enchanting fishing village in the Danube Delta, set up in the 19th century… The nature’s performance is subbed by the historical importance, with the ruins of Argamum fortress”.
  14. Pleșa – „Simple life, gorgeous mountain landscapes, peace“-this is how the village near Gura Humoului, Bukovina is described. The Spanish paper also says that it is the suitable place if you want to learn about the Polish culture, gastronomy and traditions
  15. Săpânța – „The Merry Cemetery of Săpânța, Maramureș, owes its name to the colourful graves, with naive paintings and original, humorous epitaphs. It is like an open-air museum a a true tourist attraction”.

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