Have you ever met anyone acting unimpressed after having visited Moldova? We doubt it! Everyone who attended this blooming, sunny and soulful country confess their love to Moldova, its people, and great history of the region. More, they become its beloved friends and guests... Do you want to be surrounded by an atmosphere of hospitality, safety and warmth? Then welcome to Moldova!
In Moldova different types of tourism get to develop sweepingly fast: countryside, wine, pilgrim, ecologic, cultural and many others. Anyone will find a piece by his own taste!
In Moldova the tradition and contemporaneity coexist in an amazing manner. Every village has its own computer halls connected to the Internet. In cities there are free WiFi zones in parks, public places, cafes and restaurants. 4G technology has been implemented lately, 3G technology has been already used for a while. Mobile internet is accessible even in fields and woods.
One can find here bank subsidiaries, ATM’s, public catering, hotels — in other words everything necessary for a comfortable and unconcerned sojourn. What is more important is the fact that Moldova is a safe country: people aren’t aggressive, there are no dangerous insects and natural disasters.
Each city in Moldova has its own attractions and specificity. Chisinau is the biggest and the richest in museums and historical attractions, art galleries and theatres. Tiraspol (from Transdniester region) is a typically soviet city, filled with soviet panels and slogans. Yet, it’s still a modern city. In Tighina (also called Bender) there is a homonimous fortress, already open to visitors. There is a fortress in Soroca too. A bridge built by famous architect Gustave Eiffel is situated in Ungheni, as well as a monastery in a kindergarten. In Ceadir-Lunga, Gagauz-Yeri county one can find a farm of highbred horses and a hippodrome. In Camenca (Transdniester region) a wine factory and an unique balneary ambulatory, founded by count Vitgenshtein, are still open (people get healed by means of wine and grapes in here, this was the first clinic of ampelotherapy and enotherapy in Rusia). In Vulcanesti sites there is a monument dedicated to battle for Cahul. In Edinet there is a wonderful park and ethographic museum... Each city in Moldova has something to admire!
Moldova is one of few countries to keep its specificity. The old way of life formed during centuries remained unchanged. Even nowadays in moldovan villages cattle continue to crop, cottage cheese is made the same way as centuries ago, grapes are crushed for wine, the houses are built of seld-made bricks consisting of clay, straws and excrements. Houses are decorated with mouldings and columns. The locality holiday (the day the main church got sanctified) is still celebrated, as well as Christmass, Easter, Memory Day (one week after Easter relatives gather at the cemetery to commemorate the deceased), St. Vasile (on the 13th-14th of January) and many more. Merry carols, hora (traditional dance), fairs and traditional food are the main attributes of a holiday. Don’t forget about weddings and christenings. Sometimes these are celebrated couple of days in a row. And if you attend by chance a village during holidays or special events, you’ll be necessarily invited to share the joy with the hosts.
Moldova is an unique country when considering its hospitality. Along with its specificity, good pemises were created for developing the countryside tourism. There are more than 50 countryside boarding houses, built on the base of village houses. Besides guest rooms, there is necessarily a living room, so called „the big house“, a terrace, a cellar filled with wine and tinned food prepared for winter, a garden, an orchard, where anyone is invited to try working and to imagine all the sides of living in the countryside. Despite being old-fashioned houses, there are modern conveniences in each of them, ant that is the mandatory condition for holding such a facility.
The countryside boarding houses are famous for their food prepared from self-grown ingredients. Also, you’ll be offered to ride a wagon, a horse, a bike, walk on foot, go fishing or hunting etc. During dinner you may listen to a folk music band. We assure you won’t get bored!
By the way, you may attend the facility for dinner or supper only. You don’t have necessarily to stay a night. The biggest part of boarding houses are situated in Trebujeni and Butuceni (county of Orhei). One can find exceptional facilities in Lalova (county of Rezina) situated near cave monastery of Tipova, also in Criuleni and many other picturesque locations.
Many villages have their specific museums, e.g. honey museums in Raciula (county of Calarasi) and Condrita (Chisinau metropolitan area).
Each road in Moldova is a „wine road“. No matter the route you choose, you’ll reach a wine factory. And not only. In Moldova we produce Heres („brand Ialoveni“), diwines (cognacs), grappa and many others. The visitors will get acquainted with the traditions of grapes cultivating and wine production. Almost every family from countryside prepare two barrels of wine each year. The head of the family will proudly tell the story of his wine making and will invite you in the cellar to show „probably the best wine in the village, or maybe in the whole country“. According to the tradition, when met, guests are offered not only bread and salt, but a cup of wine too.
Some of the wine factories in Moldova turned into true touring complexes. The most famous of them are Purcari (village Purcari, county of Stefan-Voda), Chateau Vartely (city of Orhei), Cojusna (village Cojusna, Straseni county), Ampelos (Crocmaz, county of Stefan-Voda), Branesti cellars (village of Branesti, Orhei county).
As for the pearls of Moldova’s wine road — the famous underground galleries from Cricova and Milestii Mici — these are true underground cities with long streets counting many kilometers! True wine kingdoms! You will never find anything similar in the whole world!
More details about wine facilities you cand find in „Wine road“ column.
Nowadays one couldn’t imagine knowing Moldova without visiting its monasteries and churches. There are more than 55 monasteries and hundreds of churches, all of them worth visiting. The doors of the holy facilities are always open, so visitors can attend their favorite monastery or church, watch a monk’s way of live, admire rare relics and icons, historical monuments etc. More detailed in the column Holy places.
Moldova is often called „the little Switzerland“. Indeed, the nature here is wonderful. Especially if considering its strangely shaped openings, beech woods, the Codri (this way dense woods are called in Moldova), the Dniester river with its rocky banks and the hills covered with trees and grapes. There are 5 scientific rezervations in Moldova. One of them is inhabitted by aurochses and many landscape rezervations. The main leisure facilities and sanitariums are situated here. The most famous location is the leisure park in Vadul-lui-Voda, that received lately the status of balneary resort.
There are many other leisure camps in Vadul-lui-Voda, the „Bucuria“ sanitarium, restaurants, sport yards etc. That is a piece of heaven!
Another beautiful locations on the bank of Dniester river is situated in village of Molovata. One can find a modern sanitarium, called „Struguras“, children camps, hotels, boarding houses supplied with all the necesary for a good vacation.
In Camenca (Transdniester region), Cahul and Calarasi one can find sanitariums that are visited not only by moldovan citizens, but foreigners too. The water in here posseses particular curative properties, the air is clean, the staff is highly qualified. Anyone who gets here one time, for either leisure or curative purposes, will necessarily return.
Moldova is also visited by foreign guests for attending or taking part in one of the most beautiful festivals organised here. The „Martisor“ festival is a largely scaled event that takes place between the 1st and 10th of March on all the stages of the country. The Martisor is a symbol of spring. It’s not just a festival, but a small bouquet of white and red flowers hung near heart. The Martisor is to be put on during whole March and it brings love, health and fortune.
Thousands of tourists attend The Wine Days, that take part during each second week-end in October (sometimes it may be delayed by a week). The festival consists of winemakers parade, instalation of enterprises stands and an exceptional show, degustations, exhibitions of handicrafts and many other.
International opera stars gather each September at the festival „Invita Maria Biesu“ („Maria Biesu invites you“). Unfortunately, Mrs Biesu is not among us, but the tradition of festival will continue.
In September, the biggest cities from Moldova live under the rhythms of ethno-jazz festival. During last days of August, the festival „Gustar“ is organized in Orheiul Vechi. In May, theater crews from all corners of the world gather at the festival „Eugene Ionesco“... There are many other festivals; all you have to do is choosing one!
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