Romania is quite often forgotten by travelers. I have to admit that even though I wanted to visit, I was only interested in Bucharest and the castles of Dracula. When I received the opportunity to spend a week hopping from one small town to another in the Neamt region I had no idea what to expect. Along with a group of bloggers, I embarked on my Romanian adventure.
Neamt Romania – Is Romania an Underrated Destination?
For me, the Neamt region of Romania brought back lots of childhood memories from Poland. I guess it’s not that surprising, as small Eastern European towns have a similar vibe. It was quite nice to explore some local places where not many tourists have been and in the end, I would recommend them to anyone. Here’s what I did in Neamt county.
Days 1-2: Roman Town
We started our trip in Roman Town, a small place near Bacau Airport. At first, we thought there would be nothing to do there. But we quickly found out that this town and our hotel, in particular, were very lively due to the extensive amount of weddings going on. For such a small town, the number of wedding ceremonies was enormous!
In Roman Town, I have to say, the biggest attraction was probably us. The moment Alexandra and I walked around town with our cameras we attracted a group of local boys who just had to pose for photos with us. I have to say it was quite funny!
After we had enough photos with the boys we visited an Archdiocese church. This visit wasn’t boring either as we ended up being chased away by a nun. She didn’t seem to like us playing with her cat and taking pictures.
Our hotel also offered us access to spa which we couldn’t miss out on. We spent almost a whole day relaxing in the spa, exhausted from our overnight flight to Romania.
Day 3: Museum Day
After getting some rest we hopped on a big bus and drove to the Neculai Popa Museum. The name of Neculai Popa might not ring a bell and it didn’t seem familiar to me either, but his house definitely gave me an insight as to who he was. Popa was a sculptor who spent his life helping the younger generation understand the power of their ancestors by using traditional masks to educate them about the history of the region. Every room of the house was filled with wooden statues and masks which made the whole place look magical.
Our next stop was my favorite place – the horse stables in Dumbrava Timisesti I’ve always loved horse riding so I immediately jumped at the opportunity to go! I had never ridden a horse barefoot before but my shoes kept falling off so at some point it made more sense to take them off.
As our day wasn’t full enough, we also went to see the Neamt fortress. I almost died after running up the hill, but I was very excited to see it! This citadel was attacked many times throughout history but only conquered by Suleiman the Magnificent and the Polish King Jan Sobieski. The view from the top was stunning and gave us an insight of how unspoiled Neamt county really is!
We made a little bonus stop at the Neamt Monastery. Built in 1270 it’s the oldest monastery in Romania. The place was just beautiful!
Our last stop on that day was at the Dragos Voda Bison Reserve. As excited as I was to see some bison, unfortunately, all 28 of them were hiding from the sun. The reserve is a protected area, not a zoo, so if the animals don’t want to be seen then they won’t be.
We walked on a 15m high bridge overlooking the area, but we still didn’t see anything. Don’t think that our visit was a failure! Each of us got a cup of palinka (traditional Romanian alcohol) and a cake.
In the evening we had the pleasure of staying at a lovely hotel. Everyone was extremely nice to us and we really felt welcome. We had a chance to chill at the fireplace or on a swing next to mushroom statues – which I absolutely loved!
Days 4-5: Hiking to Ceahlau Massif / relaxing in Durau
For the next part of the trip, we had the option to go hiking in Ceahlau National Park. I decided to skip because relaxing in a jacuzzi and going on mini-hikes seemed way more appealing, especially because it had rained the night before.
A few others and I stayed in and enjoyed some yoga and chocolate cakes. Durau town itself is really pretty and I definitely didn’t regret going hiking as I enjoyed my relaxing day a lot!
Day 6: from Durau to Piatra Neamt
The next morning we embarked on an adventure in a minibus to meet the rest of the group. The road was curvy, but thankfully we all managed to somehow stay on it all the way to Bicaz Dam. I must say it was quite the picturesque location.
The last stop on our journey was the town of Piatra Neamt, the biggest town in the region. Our hotel gave us the unique opportunity to climb to the rooftop and see the sunset while waving to some cable car passengers.
Day 7: Piatra Neamt
On the last day, we had the chance to stroll around and see everything that the town had to offer. Piatra Neamt is a really cute place and its square is unbelievably lively with many kids playing around.
As Romania is a very religious place, Piatra Neamt has a lot of churches that you can visit. My favorite one was a little chapel with some restored mosaics that looked brand new. I must say it was quite unusual!
My time in Romania was definitely memorable. Traveling off the beaten path to places like Neamt Romania allowed us to interact with the locals and see some places that we didn’t even know existed.
All content & opinions are my own.
Saturday 29th of April 2017
Hey, I am from Piatra Neamt and I am so glad than someone from another country appreciated my county. I've simply searched on google too see that there are foreign articles about my town and I've found yours post. This is so amazing for me... thanks for promoting Neamt county! :)
Thursday 29th of December 2016
I am proud to say that I am Romanian. I arrived on blog reading an article about my country through the eyes of foreigners. I hope to visit several objectives
Thursday 29th of December 2016
You live in a very beautiful country :-)
Thursday 23rd of June 2016
not hiking on the Ceahlau was a BIG mistake. The mountain offers the most beautifull and spectacular views - on a bright daty you can see Durau, Bicaz, and the lake from the top , not to mention the rare and protected edelweiss. Just google "ceahlau pictures" Also if in stead of waching the cord cabin from the hotel's roof , you would have taking the cabin up to the Cozla hill , the view of the city is breathtaking - sometimes you can see Bacau ( another city at 60 km distance) and also the Ceahlau mountain ! And I am suprised that you visited Neamt monastery, but you did not swing to the Agapia monastery in the way to Piatra Neamt . Agapia is painted by faimous Nicolae Grigorescu ,was recently restored and it is well worth vthe 20 km detour. And I'm guessing you did not have time for it , but next time do not miss a trip to Lacu Rosu * the Red Lake " trought the absolutly stunning Bicaz Chei (bicaz's key) - the traditional manufactures that sell stuff there might be interesting as well.-it is like one hour drive from Piatra Neamt
Thursday 23rd of June 2016
We didn't have time for all of this... it was a very full schedule in Romania :(
Tuesday 1st of December 2015
Wednesday 4th of November 2015
Certainly is! I loved Romania! One of my favourite trips around Europe