10 REASONS TO VISIT THE REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA
1. Land of wine and underground wine cities
The centuries-old traditions of Moldova have been always accompanied by the culture of making select wines. The climate and the relief of the country allow the grape to get everything it needs for enriching the taste qualities: abundant sunshine and relative humidity. The wineries use the most advanced technologies in the preparation of this product. Therefore, the wine production of the Republic of Moldova is in demand in over 50 countries of the world. In Moldova, no event is organized if this divine liquor is missing on the table. The wine tasting culture is an indispensable part of our people’s traditions and customs. The Republic of Moldova is known in the world due to its famous underground cellars from Cricova and Milestii-Mici. The underground galleries which are full of huge barrels of wine, have hundreds of kilometers that can be passed through only by car. This will create you the sensation of an immense „Wine Kingdom”. The underground world of the cellars has tasting rooms executed in a classic and modern architecture. In 2007 the wine cellar from Milestii-Mici was included in the Guinness Book of Records, as having the largest collection of wine bottles in the world. The variety of wine production of our country cannot fail to arouse a lively interest among the foreign tourists who are offered many
2. Medieval jewels.
The fortresses of Moldova from the medieval age played an important role in the history of the country. The medieval fortresses were also involved in the great number of wars that took place on the territory of Moldova. Along the right bank of the Dniester River, the country was defended by Hotin, Soroca, Tighina and White fortresses. Currently, only two fortresses, that were preserved in a good condition and can be visited and appreciated by foreign tourists, belong to the Republic of Moldova. These are Soroca and Tighina fortresses.
3. Interference of civilizations.
55 km North of Chisinau, on the territory of the cultural, natural and landscape reserve “Old Orhei”, lays the immense realm of the geologic and historic past. Having a millenary history, this territory comprises many hearths of Dacian civilization, the remnants of the Sehr al-Cedid citadel built by the Golden Horde in the 14th century, the cave monasteries, the caves built in rocks, a Dacian citadel and the remnants of a public Tatar bath. Each of them comes from a different time, having a different story and a different landscape architecture. Moreover, if looked from different angles, in different seasons, these nature monuments offer a different image, one that is more captivating and fascinating.
4. Hospitable people.
For centuries, Moldova has been distinguished as a country with hospitable people. The householders from the rural localities will be honored to have you as a guest. The guests are usually invited in „Casa Mare” - a traditional room where all the family holidays are celebrated, being served at the same time the most delicious and select dishes prepared in the rural household from in-house ecological products.
5. Gastronomy and special cuisine.
Traditional for the national cuisine is the food prepared from the most diverse vegetables, grown in ecological conditions on the fertile lands of chernozem (black earth) of the rural households. The vegetables are baked, stewed, pickled or marinated, thus becoming real culinary masterpieces. The great diversity of maize and maize flour dishes gives a specific colour to the traditional cuisine. “Mamaliga”, which is a maize porridge with a fine and delicious taste, is well known by foreign tourists. “Mamaliga” is served together with greaves, roasted meat, cheese, cream, etc. Another traditional product prepared from vine or cabbage leaves, being stuffed with rice mixed with meat is named “sarmale”. The meat dishes, especially hot dishes, and appetizers, most of them being cooked over the carbon of fusty timber, have a special place in the Moldovan cuisine.
6. Historical and archeological monuments.
The knowledge of the ages through which passed the history of a state presents an interest not only to the people of the country of origin, but also for many foreign tourists who through different analyses, try to balance the course of history with the development of civilizations. The territory of Moldova, being populated from ancient times, has passed through the influence of different cultures of the world civilization: from the Romanization of Dacia to the culture of the Ottoman and Tatar-Mongol Empires and not last the Slavonic influence. The great number and diversity of monuments and historical and archeological vestiges are a proof of that.
7. Splendid and intact nature.
The Republic of Moldova is a country that has been protected from industrialization. The uncontaminated air and the ecologic habitat will create a pleasant ambience of spiritual relaxation for you. The positive energy that you took in during your stay will be physically and emotionally invigorating for a long time. The multitude of natural reserves, the relief with hills and plains, with rivers and lakes, with cliff and knolls, covered with secular forests and vineyards will carry you to a sensational world.
8. Diverse popular art.
From ancient times, on the territory of Moldova various types of popular arts have been practiced, such as pottery, egg incrustation, carpet weaving, wood and stone processing, artistic metal processing. The aspirations towards beauty and harmony were reflected from ancient times not only by embellishing the interior of the houses, but also by the tradition of adorning the clothes, the popular costume. Practiced in each rural locality, this custom of adorning clothes, table clothes and ritual tissues (“towels”) persists until nowadays.
9. Traditional holidays.
The Republic of Moldova is a country that is rich in traditional holidays. Their variety highly relates to the religious culture, such holidays being Christmas, Easter, Pentecost, etc. But, besides the religious holidays, there are also those specific for the Moldovan people that predict the departure of winter, arrival of spring, ploughing, cherry harvesting, vintage, etc. The holidays with a cultural and tourist aspect are also included in the traditional holidays which are becoming year by year more popular and attract a great number of tourists. The most important are the following: International Music Festival “Martisor”, International Opera and Ballet Festival “Maria Biesu”, Wine Festival, Ethno Music Festival “Gustar”, International Folklore Festival “Nufarul Alb”, International Folklore Festival “Mesterul Manole”, Popular Traditions Festival “Ia MANIA”, National Tourist Festival of Traditions “Duminica Mare”, Medieval Festival, International Potters’ Fair “At the Native Place of Potter Vasile Gonciari”, “Bostaniada”, etc.
10. Churches and monasteries with a world architectonic and historic value.
Rich in monasteries and churches, Moldova was named in the 19th century the “Southern Thebaid”. The oldest monasteries are the ones from Varzaresti, Capriana, Rudi, Harbovat, Harjauca, Curchi. The cave monasteries also have their history in the development of the civilization between the Carpathian Mountains and the Black Sea, being some of the oldest architectural monuments dating from the 13th – 14th centuries. Being built in different periods of time, left and founded again, the hermitages and cave monasteries present a high interest for the visitors. Some of them still have the previous vestiges of Christianity. The most known cave monasteries are: Tipova, Japca, Butuceni, Saharna.
More information about tourism industry of the Republic of Moldova is available on the web page of the Tourism Agency of the Republic of Moldova, www.turism.gov.md.