I am constantly on the lookout for new weird destinations, whether thats using Kayak’s Explore feature (here) or following bloggers. The Travel Hack is one of my favourite travel blogs, and earlier this year it’s leading lady travelled to what has been announced as the European Capital of Culture 2021 – Timisoara, Romania. After seeing Monica’s blogs and videos and realising how good Timișoara would be for our Instagram feeds, I called my friend and we booked our flights.
We flew from Stansted with Ryanair, but you can also go from Luton with Wizz Air. Flights vary from £20-£50 return approximately, depending on the time of year. It’s important to note that tourism is stil a new industry to Timisoara, so it is best to get a good idea of where you’re going and what you’re doing, as taxi drivers can struggle with the language barrier. We stayed in an Airbnb (shocking I know!) just outside the city centre, approximately 10 minutes walk. The prices for accommodation again vary, I would always recommend Airbnb, however there is also the Timisoara Hotel which boasts amazing views over Victory Square (Piata Victoriei) and the Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral – I’m hoping to stay at this hotel next time!
As with a lot of my little getaways, I always have a look for Free Walking Tours. Most places we have been to do offer this and it’s a great way to get to know your new surroundings, meet new people and get some exercise (me and my friend always have stepcount competitions!). For our time in Timisoara we booked with Freetour.com and got our confirmation the next day with information regarding times and meeting place. We met our tourguide, Fares, in front of the cathedral and got on our way.
Perhaps it is ignorance on our part, but both me and my friend were totally oblivious to the recent history of Timisoara. With the demise of communism in 1989, a lot of things happened in a short space of time, things that we couldn’t imagine happening a mere 4/5 years before we were born. I recommend reading about Timisoara as the history really is fascinating.
That evening we ate in a restaurant on Victory Square called Massimo – if you’re looking for pizza I 100% recommend! Very reasonable price, especially for prosecco which was cheaper than my soft drink!
Day Two involved us looking around the beautiful Metropolitan Orthodox Cathedral. Even if you’re not religious, I really recommend going in and having a look. The interior is spectacular! There’s also a little museum in the basement which again is really interesting! Next up on our To-Do-In-Timisoara list was visit the Rose Garden. We weren’t really expecting much as we visited in October so the flowers weren’t really in bloom but it was still really lovely and peaceful to walk around so I would still recommend a visit.
Honestly guys Timisoara is such an incredible, colourful place, the Instagram feed really just writes itself! The street art is just beautiful!
Our evening involved some beautiful gelato (are you even on holiday if you don’t have gelato every day?) a browse around a Timisoara shopping mall and some amazing donuts. The little piggy in me really recommends visiting Crazy Donut – the donuts are actually amazing – a sure for competitor for number one spot on my donut appreciation list!
I would really recommend visiting Timisoara as I feel it is going to be the next European must visit destination. Tourism is still just emerging as an industry and the only way for this beautiful city is up, especially with its new and very much deserved recognition as European Capital ofCulture 2021.