The first reaction I get when I tell people traveling to eastern Europe that they must visit Craiova, Romania, is a genuinely interested “huh?” Craiova, the 6th largest city in Romania, has a remarkably enthusiastic population of 270,000 working diligently on social media to promote it as a tourist destination. Although I met the reasons you voted Craiova the Best City to Visit of 2014, here’s what that city (which is in rapid travel destination transformation) looks like under the summer sun.
Looking around the Craiova Art Museum, once the active Constantin Mihail Palace, now gearing up to host a number of pieces of artwork from Romanian sculptors and painters.
Big meal, with polenta, of course.
Inside the Madona Dudu Church, whose structure was partially rebuilt in 1844 to repair earthquake damage sustained a decade prior.
Walking around the Parcul Nicolae Romanescu (Romanescu Park) which has small monuments, cafes, and street food stalls scattered throughout. There’s enough organization so you don’t feel lost but at the same time are exploring, as there’s a lot to be discovered (and eaten) inside.
A look into Craiova’s City Hall, open to the public when there aren’t any active sessions or debates taking place.
Nearby, along the Danube River about a 40 minute drive away is Europe’s tallest rock sculpture. This depiction honors Decebalus, (87-106 A.D.), who was able to preserve Dacia’s (the precursor to modern Romania) independence against Roman rule through three wars.
A streak of independence still flows through the blood of most Craiovans, who are proud of a heritage they want to share in the most modern ways. At least once a month many of the city’s bloggers gather at Club Q, essentially turning into a large meet and greet open to everyone. In the time since I took these photos, a large pedestrian area has been opened, lined with a number of virgin bars, restaurants, and cafes all anticipating new business. (Facebar in particular has really grown into one of the best places to eat, drink, and party in town.)
Craiova is easy to reach by train from Bucharest (about 4 hours and $15) or backward nodding Sofia, and Wizz Air recently began flights a number of cities including London, Rome, and Barcelona. You’ll find that Craiova is right in the middle of a special zone for travelers – a place you should add to your plans if you’re looking for an inexpensive but unique experience in Europe.
I live 2 km from downtown and i dont have asphalt on my street. In the center of city we have Brazillian granite curbs ,but my street is from dirt and mudd. .Congratulations is a shameful city.
Move to another street?
I’m aiming to spend this September in Romania, and now I really want to check out this beautiful spot.
Thanks for the tip!
Sweet! Definitely try to make the blogger meetup while you’re there, a lot of fun.
Very nice! I was completely unfamiliar with this place. Thanks!
Happy to hear it!
It’s sad to say that I’ve been travelling here in Romania for nearly 2 months and I hardly heard anything about Craiova. I’m heading to Cluj Napoca and Sibiu this weekend from Brasov. I think I’ll have to make room in my itinerary for Craiova as well since you framed it in such a positive light!
I hope you get to make it there. If you do, definitely try to get to the blogger meet up or let me know prior and I’ll see what events are going on. The community there is great.
I will be in Craiova next weekend (24-27 November)
Any nice events?