Most people associate Romania with Transylvania and the Dracula stories, however the country has much more to offer the visitor than simply this. Romania has a long and complicated history, and the Cave with Bones contains the oldest human remains in Europe. The country is full of picturesque Medieval towns, castles, fortresses and painted monasteries in places like Bucovina that have survived the ravages of various invasions, occupations and the stamp of Communism.
Outside the cities are numerous National Parks and World Heritage Sites that are well worth visiting, and then there are holiday resorts and beaches along the Black Sea coastline. The Carpathian mountain range, full of mountain peaks, gorges, lakes, forests, caves, mud volcanoes and fossil deposits, offers excellent walking, camping, horse riding and skiing in the winter. The major ski resorts are Paltinis, Poiana Brasov, , Predeal, Runcu and Sinaia.
Those seeking the Dracula experience naturally head for Transylvania (Transilvania). Here the major cities and towns worth visiting include Braşov, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Sighişoara (where the real Dracula - Vlad Ţepeş - lived) and Târgu Mureş.