Choosing The Perfect Travel Destination

Take a Bite Out of Transylvania: Reasons to Visit Romania, Even If You Are Not a Vampire

by Eli Lambert

Transylvania, Romania is in Eastern Europe, and it has a lot to offer the droves of tourists and visitors that make the trip to this region. Even if you don't have a taste for blood, you will not be disappointed by the scenery, sights, and experiences that make Transylvania so uniquely special.

Here are some compelling reasons to visit Transylvania even if you are not a vampire.

The thermal springs. The water in and around Transylvania is reported to have therapeutic benefits, so it is home to many spas and resorts that offer mineral water and mud treatments. From those who have arthritis to those who suffer from infertility, the healing powers of the thermal springs in this area are sought by many who come from the other side of the globe.

The wildlife. The oak and beech forests surrounding Brasov are home to wolves, lynx, and brown bears. Wildlife tours in the area provide the opportunity to see these animals up close in their natural habitat.

The plum brandy. Make sure to try the "Palinca," a fiery brandy typically enjoyed before a meal or to toast a special occasion. The climate and terrain is also perfect for growing grapes, and the region is lauded for the vineyards that produce a fruity white wine with low acidity.

The mountains. Transylvania is surrounded by the Carpathian Mountains, and the skiing is unsurpassed. Toward the west, the Apuseni Mountain range offers over 400 caves for tours, explorations, and day trips.

The castles. You will feel like you stepped back in time when visiting Transylvania, and the castles are a must-see on any visitor's list. The Bran, near Brasov, is a castle that you don't want to miss; you will pick up on the medieval vibe as soon as you set foot in the door. Vlad the Impaler's castle is now a popular tourist attraction, as many flock to walk through the ruins.

The scenery. The scenery in Transylvania is lush and diverse, with spectacular mountain and forest views. The Transfăgărăşan Road is a popular route for bicyclists, runners, and motorists, stretching along 90 kilometers that extend high into the Fagaras Mountains. This is a popular destination for many bike and bus tours each year.

Of course, if you are still on the fence about visiting Transylvania, you could always go to hunt down vampires. You can still pay a visit to Dracula's castle, and locals pay homage to the heritage with spooky vampire-inspired sights and attractions. There are some compelling reasons to see, taste, and experience this uniquely beautiful, gothic destination!