Romania is becoming a great destination for a horseback riding vacation. Riders will be surprised that the country is not filled with dark foreboding forests to hide shadowy Dracula. Rather the countryside is beautiful with rolling hills nestled at the foot of the Transylvanian Alps. Trails lead through dense hardwood forests and across wildflower meadows. The unpolluted night sky glitters with stars. Lodging ranges from B & B to 4**** accommodations.
The land is rich in culture, history and wildlife. The country feels stuck in the Middle Ages. Amazing castles perched on rocky hilltops overlook peasant villages dotted with horse drawn hay racks and solemn wooden churches. Self sufficient hamlets have honed old skilled crafts like bread making and weaving into art. Age-old farming methods are used to grow food. Traditional Romanian food includes çiorba sour soup, mititei meatballs, plaçinta flaky desert, and tzuica ou palinca brandy. The people are hardworking and hospitable. Family and horses are at the center of their lives.
Transylvania remains Europe’s best-kept secret. Horseback trails traverse past monasteries nestle on tranquil hillsides as abundant wildlife shelter in the forests. Transylvania horseback riding vacations will include a visit to Dracula’s Bran Castle and Cluj Napoca.
If riders prefer a cultural experience and gourmet dining to deep countryside riding than medieval trails can be combined with a tour of Bucharest , the Saxon cultural town of Sighisoara, the UNESCO World Heritage site in the village of Viscri and the impressive Piatra Craiului National Park.
The horses are a cross of Lipizzaner, Semigreu draught, Arabian, native Bucovina, and strong Hutzul. Known for their calm temperament, these horses are well suited to riders of varying abilities. English saddles are used. Equestrian vacation guides are trained by the Committee for Equestrian Tourism.
Best months to ride are mid-May to Mid-September. Rain can occur at any time.
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