I love traveling, have always loved it and will always do. I always try to go somewhere, see something, live something, but there is one constant in my life. Ever since I was somewhere in the elementary school, I started going with my parents in the summer and in the winter time on the mountain side of my home country, Romania. More specifically, to Sinaia, on the Prahova Valley.
And we kept on going there almost every year ever since.
You think one might get bored of the same places, but not me. Every time I go there, I feel part of a fairy tale and I try to “sell” the location also to my other friends.
You might imagine that by now I know all the streets, houses, coffee shops, restaurants.
I recommend you to visit this little corner of peace, so if you ever get the chance to come to Romania, here are a few points (really a few) of interest on the Prahova Valley:
1. Peles Castle and Pelisor Castle
Take a walk in the gardens and visit the inside of the two castles, take in the fresh air and enjoy the lovely view (be it spring, summer, autumn or winter, there is always a lovely view to enjoy). Please note that on Mondays the castle is closed and on Sundays, it is usually a very crowded place.
2. Caffee Regal
Drink a hot chocolate or a freshly brewed coffee with some ice cream or a sweet on the terrace of Caffee Regal – enjoy the view of the castle and its wide lawn
3. Economat Villa
Get a good night sleep at Economat Villa, where you will feel like a princess/prince – located next to the two castles, it is very quiet, in the middle of nature and offers a lovely view.
4. Sinaia Central park
Take a walk in the central Park, admire the Casino building and take a small walk up to Sinaia Monastery.
5. Take the gondola up to the 1400 quota
6. Cantacuzino Castle
Take a day trip to Busteni, to the Cantacuzino Castle where you can swing yourself back to childhood, enjoy a sumptuous meal at its 5* restaurant or drink a coffee on the terrace from where you can see the Caraiman Cross.
7. Caraiman Cross and the Sphinx and Babele
Take the cable (or choose to walk up, depending on your physical condition) up to the Caraiman Cross and the Sphinx and Babele (The Sphinx is a natural rock formation in the Bucegi Natural Park, situated at an altitude of 2,216 meters)
8. Romanian traditional food
Don’t miss out on the delicious Romanian traditional food and on my favorite dessert: papanasi! You absolutely do not have to miss it!