We flew over from Lisbon with Air Portugal airline, arriving at 5:00AM at Henri Coandā airport, Bucharest.
Arriving at such an early hour it was kind of spooky, since the arrival’s area at the airport is not at all modern.
We booked our rental car through Expedia and as long as you choose a company that is open 24 hours you’re fine. At the rent-a-car the gentleman was super professional and in 30 minutes we were in the car.
Bucharest - Sinaia - Bran - Brasov
The first stop of our holidays. We were in Romania in February, it was freezing, so, we decided to have some coffee and the famous sweet Plācinta, a kind of squared pastry with different fillings that you can find everywhere.
Brasov - Rupea - Viscri - Sighishoara
Sighisoara - Cluj-Napoca
Sighisoara, also world heritage, we stayed at a lovely historical inn, Casa Savri. We ate that night at the AltePost, the former Post office in town, converted into a restaurant. Go for safe options on the menu, because the Romanian dishes were not well cooked.
After a walk around, we drove all the way until Cluj Napoca. For dinner, we chose the restaurant Bricks. Great service and food, as well as the place, with its great bricked arches.
A full day in the city, to relax and enjoy the vibe of the second most important city in Romania. You do feel the presence of the students, due to the important university.
With two more meals to enjoy: for lunch we had a fabulous meal at Bujole and for dinner the fancy and joyful Casa Boema.
Cluj-Napoca - Salina Turda - Sibiu - Bucharest
Without a doubt the longest and toughest day of our trip. We left Cluj early in the morning on the way to this surreal former salt mine, Salina Turda.
After that, we drove to Sibiu for our lunch stop. We ate at a lovely restaurant called Max. Sort of Italian cuisine with a nice decor. We also stop there to see the inside of the outstanding Holy Trinity Cathedral.
Arriving in Bucharest
Was a long ride from Sibiu to Bucharest. Roads are very bad and there are very few highways. I still recommend renting a car because the landscape of the country is precious.
On this road, you can make a detour and stop at the Curtea de Arges, where you can find the remains of king Carol II of Romania.
Choose well your hotel, in terms of location. You want something central but easy to drive in to.
The first full day we did a visit to the parliament; National contemporary art museum; National history museum (not much worth it)
Lunch: Energiea (on the top 3 of our eating list in Romania)
Dinner: The ARTIST (a Michelin-like restaurant at a much lower price, with excellent food! Go for the spoon tasting menu)
We visited one synagogue; Theodor Aman museum; the national art museum; Ceauscescu house
Lunch: M60 (casual, very Scandinavian IKEA looking, busy with students and local people, very good food)
Dinner: Hanul Cu Tei (probably we were unlucky but the place was crowded and the staff was very unfriendly and not very focused, food was ok nothing extraordinary)
We had a lazy morning, was our last day, so we did walk along the canal. We went in the afternoon to both royal palaces of Bucharest, both I really recommend.
Lunch: Social 1 (very pleasant place and food is really good, nice weekend place to have a meal)
Dinner: Caru’ Cu Bare (a historical restaurant, super full every time, you must do a reservation one or two days in advance - you cannot leave Romania without trying a Papanasi (fried cheese doughnuts with jam on top)
Departure and farewell, definitely a country to return