With a dusting of snow, the little mountain resort of Poiana Braşov makes a sparkling day trip from Braşov (12km down the road). Carving up its 20km of pistes, many of them wide and tree-lined, is time well spent. But dedicated skiers and snowboarders won’t find enough to keep them for longer than a couple of days.

Locals make much of Jude Law and Nicole Kidman’s glamorous visit to Poiana Braşov during the filming of Cold Mountain (2003), but in reality this is a small, though lively and family-friendly, winter sports area. Aside from a few hikers, Poiana Braşov goes quiet outside the December to March ski season.