Travel back in time into a mysterious country of traditional folk villages, romantic castles perched on snowy hilltops, alpine meadows and pristine primeval forest where wolves, bears and lynx roam. In remote Romania, where horses are still the main form of transport, an adventurous riding holiday is the perfect choice to explore the majestic scenery.
Experienced riders will enjoy the tranquillity of the beautiful Carpathian Mountains, which form a natural border to the south and east of superstitious Transylvania. Fast paced trails, on spirited horses take you deep into Romania's many National and Natural Parks. Gallop in high alpine pastures, crossing challenging terrain. Trek along the shores of glacial lakes and through sleepy villages, or along the rich rivers of the Danube Delta. Basic camping and a network of mountain huts, local farms and rustic guesthouses provide accommodation on most riding tours, where riders receive a warm welcome, hearty cuisine and a chance to be immersed into a culture rich in tradition and folk tales. From rides in the Calimani National Park, with its unusual volcanic crater landscape to carriage driving, snowy sleigh rides and horseback tours in the Avrigului Valley, against a backdrop of the dramatic ridge of the Fagaras Mountains.
This region is a haven for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts, with many equestrian centres offer daily rides and lessons. Alternatively, for boutique hotels and beach riding, head to popular Black Sea resorts Saturn, Neptun, Venus and Mangalia for canters along the soft sands. Energetic Bucharest is home to several well respected riding centres with fast rides in Băneasa forest, to short hacks and lessons for beginners. This Balkan country is undoubtedly a fabulous destination for a riding holiday.
- Open: May to Oct (Jan & Feb for Winter riding)
- Type: Riding and Accommodation
- Riding Style: English