Set in the heart of the Transylvanian countryside, the beautiful 12th century Saxon town of Sibiu represents one of the most charming areas in Romania. The winding cobbled streets, brightly coloured traditional houses and decorative bridges of the old town come together to create a picturesque chocolate-box town that provides a fairytale-like setting.
As the official European City of Culture (2007), Sibiu boasts the best-preserved architecture in Romania and its three main squares are divine with their charming façades painted in shades of warm apricot, pea green, sky blue and sunshine yellow. The quaint back alleys and stunning church-adorned squares provide the perfect opportunity to soak up the atmosphere pausing for refreshments in a string of wonderful cafés, bars and restaurants dotted in and around the main squares.
Look out for the eye-like turrets poking out from the tiled roofs – you’ll start seeing them everywhere! Although the ASTRA museum isn’t located in the old town, it’s a short taxi ride away and is highly recommended if you have a little more time to spare. The walking tour is also a lovely way to explore the historic city.
What: Historic, picturesque town
Where: Transylvania, Romania just over 130 miles from Bucharest
When: Beautiful all year round, particularly in the winter with its Christmas markets and during the spring when flowers are blooming
Why: For history and culture, for a seriously picturesque setting and to be charmed
Who: The Couple, The History Buff, The Culture Vulture, The Explorer, The Family, The Free Spirit
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