We are in Romania of 2016. In December this year, we celebrate 27 years since Romania has opened its borders to other countries. 27 years during which Romanian tourism, at a governmental or private level, has developed, has learned from others, maybe has failed here and there, has took off, has experienced and succeeded. In Romania of 2016, over 2 million tourists visit our country annually, out of which about half (also) visit Bucharest. Although today, generally speaking, Romania is a tourist destination comparable to any tourist destination known and visited in Europe, the progress the country has made in terms of evolution of the hospitality industry (from the development of road infrastructure and accommodation to the activities for tourists and the exploitation and promotion of various tourist attractions), while keeping its national specificity, do not always reach the ears of tourists in a favorable manner or fast enough.
Accessible tourism is one of the areas in which our country has made small but energetic steps in the past years. If you wonder why Romania should be on your travel list, we will give you some reasons to convince you to visit it:
- Direct and relatively inexpensive flights to Romania, and increasingly available flights within the country. Bucharest and several other major cities have very good connections with other capitals and major cities in Europe: there are weekly flights with low cost companies, at attractive prices, starting with only a few euros.
- The progress made in the field of accessible tourism: some of the accommodations in Bucharest and other major cities of the country, as well as in mountain or balneal tourism resorts have an infrastructure adapted to people with special needs. Moreover, there are tourist attractions where tours for people with disabilities have been designed/developed: the Parliament Palace and the Village Museum in Bucharest organize special tours for people in wheelchairs; the Museum of Art of Romania and the Patriarchal Palace have facilities that allow access for people in wheelchairs, and the great parks in Bucharest have smooth alleys that allow a safe and comfortable access. In the country, Peles Castle in Sinaia or Alba Iulia Fortress are just two of the attractions that can properly welcome people with special mobility needs.
- Diversity of the existing tourism products in Romania
From the mountains, the sea, the Danube Delta, the urban tourism and the ecotourism to the rural tourism, the balneal, spa and wellness tourism, you can taste a little bit of everything:
– Famous attractions in Bucharest, like the Parliament Palace and the Village Museum in Bucharest, Victoriei Alley and other streets you can walk on, admiring the old architecture of the city.
– Vibrant cities, full of cultural, sporting and urban art events, but also modern villages developed following European standards, which are still rich in traditions and hospitality.
– Chic urban restaurants and cafes waiting to be discovered, liked, promoted
– Cruises on the Danube – the boarding can be done in any touristic harbor along the Danube, on a ship that has facilities and amenities specific to your needs, and the final destination could be the Black Sea. Between the boarding point and the final destination, we invite you to enjoy a multicultural Danube, and also to spend some time in Romania, in order to get in contact with some of our main points of interest (places, people and tourist attractions).
– Health, treatment and recovery resorts, rich in natural cure factors, recommended in the physical recovery sessions, with modern health centers and spa treatment and wellness centers which can easily compete with well-known centers in Europe.
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– Modern mountain where you can inspire health, while you visit or admire famous castles and palaces in Romania: Peles Castle in Sinaia, a very chic resort located at the foot of the mountains, the Bran Castle situated in the place where rural tourism in Romania was born.
- The multitude of events taking place in Romania, suited for various ages and interests: from the annual George Enescu Festival to the music festivals in Bucharest, Cluj and Sibiu: Transilvania Jazz Festival, Untold Festival, Summer Well Festival, Sibiu Jazz Festival, the local design, traditions and crafts events, culinary events and many more.
5. The fact that in 2021 Timisoara will be the European Capital of Culture
The city in which the Romanian Revolution was born will be in the spotlight in 2021 and it has already begun to prepare for the guests that will arrive.
Last but not least, we like to think that we are making (and we really are making) real progress regarding the education of the human resources that get in contact with tourists with special needs. We have empathetic people who are delighted that they can be useful and that they can offer unforgettable experiences to the guests.
Whatever your choices and interests, we urge you to visit us, in order to convince yourself that what you read are not just words, but the naked truth.