Introducing Moldavia & the Bucovina Monasteries
Less visited than other parts of Romania, Moldavia rewards those intrepid enough to seek it out: from glorious medieval monasteries to rugged mountains ideal for skiing and hiking, this singular region combines natural and artistic beauty with plenty of action.
Moldavia’s bucolic villages and oddly endearing towns feature some of Romania’s friendliest locals. Beyond the hinterland’s traditional ways, Moldavian modernity is fully displayed in Iaşi, Romania's second-largest city and a vibrant student town famous for its nightlife, shopping and exquisite, varied architecture.
Within Romania, Moldavia's known for its rolling plains, interrupted only by the accidental cluster of trees or grazing horse. These sweeping vistas are particularly hypnotic by evening, when fading sunlight spreads across the land and vast sky, suffusing both in tones and shapes as rich and varied as Moldavia's monastic art.
'Southern' Bucovina is located in Romania's very north – testimony to a long history of division. In 1775, the Austro-Hungarian Empire annexed Moldavia, keeping it until 1918, when Bucovina was returned to Romania. However, the Soviets annexed Northern Bucovina in 1940, incorporating it into the Ukraine.