Romania is situated in the north of the Balkan Peninsula on the western shores of the Black Sea. It enjoys great natural beauty and diversity and a rich cultural heritage. Romania enchants visitors with its scenic mountain landscapes and unspoiled countryside areas, and also with its historic cities and its busy capital. Over the last decade Romania had undergone a significant development and it is one of the recent members of the European Union. Tourists from western countries might still, even today, enjoy some surprising experiences in Romania. This is a large country which can sometimes be shocking with contrasts: some cities are truly Western Europe; some villages can seem to have been brought back from the past. While it has significant cultural similarities with other Balkan states, it is regarded as unique due to its strong Latin heritage. Things for which Romania is famous include: the Carpathian mountains, Constantin Brancusi, wine, medieval fortresses, Mircea Eliade, Dacia cars, Dracula, stuffed cabbage leaves, Nadia Comaneci, the Black Sea, Gheorghe Hagi, sunflower fields, painted monasteries and the Danube Delta.

Summer temperatures are moderated on the coast by sea breezes while inland at sea level it is hot. Winters are coldest in the Carpathian Mountains where there is snow from December through April. Snow falls throughout most of the country. Winters are mildest on the coast.

Central Transylvania is separated from the Plain of Moldavia on the east by the Carpathian Mountains and separated on the south by the Transylvanian Alps.

Major Holidays & Events
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Jan 2 Day after New Year's Day
Feb 24 Dragobete
Mar 1 Mărțișor
Mar 8 International Women's Day
Apr 20 Orthodox Easter Day
Apr 21 Orthodox Easter Monday
May 1 Labor Day / May Day
May 4 Mother's Day
May 11 Father's Day
May 29 Orthodox Ascension Day
Jun 1 Children's Day
Jun 8 Orthodox Pentecost
Jun 9 Orthodox Pentecost Monday
Jun 26 Flag Day
Jul 29 National Anthem Day
Aug 15 St Mary's Day
Oct 31 Halloween
Nov 30 St Andrew's Day
Dec 1 National holiday
Dec 8 Constitution Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Second day of Christmas
Dec 31 New Year's Eve

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