Best time to visit Romania

Best time to visit Romania

Temperature & rainfall

Romania scorches in summer, especially in the southern and eastern low lands, with the beach often the best place to be during July and August. May can be rainy – but it's also when twitchers start to flock to the Danube Delta. In April, trees and wildflowers blossom are complemented by beautiful Easter celebrations. September is the best time to visit Romania for autumn colour, plus an explosion of mushrooms - and days still long and warm. January and February are great for winter activities, whether snow sports or slower explorations of pristine white wilderness.

When to visit Romania & when not to

a month by month guide

January, February and March in Romania are best left to winter sports enthusiasts hoping to make the most of the snow covered and lesser visited slopes and tracks of the Carpathians.

Temperatures at the start of the year can be bitterly cold, especially in rural areas and away from the milder coastline, and it’s not until April that things start to warm up as trees and meadows become adorned with blossom and wild flowers.

May is notoriously wet so pack accordingly if you’re attracted by the bird watching potential on the Danube Delta. Hikers will also need to be aware of conditions under foot as things can get a tad slippery, especially on steep slopes in and around the Bucegi Mountains, just south of Brasov.

Just after the Easter vacations is the best time to go to Romania for cultural sightseers as there are less crowds, milder temperatures and the snowy sludge has all but vanished from the city streets.

Warm weather hikers will be in their element during June however, the summer attracts the crowds and getting out of the cities and into the countryside is best advice for responsible travelers looking for alternatives to the coast.

July and August might be the best time to go to Romania for those restricted by the school vacations but if you can travel during September and October you’ll find fewer crowds, milder temperatures and a more authentic atmosphere associated with the autumnal colours of harvest time.

Romania in winter is a much darker prospect with Transylvanian tales told in front of log fires and over steaming bowls of soup - the only things to keep lonely travelers warm during November and into December.

Best time to visit Romania

Our recommendations

Anne Smellie of our supplier Volunteering With Bears at the Libearty sanctuary shares some ideas on the best time to visit Romania:
“In the summer it can get very hot, so spring and autumn are probably the best times to come. In the spring the flowers are amazing and it is usually warm. The colour of the trees in autumn takes your breath away - it is definitely the country I would chose to go to for the autumn. And if you come in the cooler months it would be a crime not to have one of the amazing soups!”

Count Tibor Kalnoky of our supplier Transylvania Vacation Accommodation reveals his best time to visit Romania:
“Every season is so special here. But if you want to be more on your own, come in November and March and explore our medieval heritage. Or come in winter to follow the tracks of wild animals in the snow - bear, wolf, lynx, boar and deer.”

Festivals & events in Romania

Our cultural pick from the Romanian calendar

Did you know about...?

Easter is celebrated with wonderful traditions. A week before Easter Sunday, Romanians decorate churches with flowers while bearing willow branches (symbols of fertility). Great Thursday is when the dead supposedly return for Easter with loved ones, reputedly waiting on roofs - so outdoor bonfires are lit to warm their souls. Colourful Easter eggs are painted, while special Easter dishes include lamb stew with green onion and sweet pasca cake.
Photo credits: [Wildflowers: Gabriel] [Autumn: Horia Varlan] [Wolf tracks: GlacierNPS] [Easter: yeowatzup]
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