Moldova, one of the smallest Eastern European country, is a popular destination of green and wine tourism. Continental climate with warm long summers and mild winters makes Moldova even more attractive.
City and village life in Moldova
Chisinau, the capital of the Republic of Moldova, is among the few European cities with Soviet-like architecture and lifestyle. Both residential houses and administration buildings are designed in minimalist style. Moldovan villages, in the opposite, are very picturesque and beautiful. Rich nature, hospitable people and authentic traditions evoke the sense of peace and happiness.
Interesting places: wineries, caves, historical sightseeings
Moldova has a unique cultural heritage and historical complexes, such as monasteries and churches, fortresses and bastions, monuments and museums. One of the most attractive sightseeing is Soroca Fortress, built in 1499 by Stefan cel Mare, the Prince of Moldova. This round-shaped construction has five bastions, constructed of large stones. Another interesting historic spot is the Cave Monastery - an open-air complex with main part dug under the ground. This monastery still functions; it is inhabited by the monks, who hold regular services.
This small country is also famous for its wine. One of the biggest wineries is Cricova; there are more than 1.25 million bottles of white, rose and red wine placed in underground storage. In Cricova, the tourists can taste wines and take a look at the manufacturing process.
Moldova is an agricultural country, so Moldovan cuisine consists mainly of high-quality farm products, such as vegetables, fruits, meat and dairy. Local delicacies include mamaliga – corn flour porridge, zeama – chicken soup, bryndza – soft and salty cheese, ghiveci – goat stew. The Moldavians often cook the stewed vegetables mix, roasted lamb or pork, meatballs in sauce, and buns with various fillers (cheese, meet, jam, fruits, walnuts).