Romania is an amazing place and it has everything for everyone: sunny beaches, mountain trails, natural springs that heal, spas, vineyards, well kept medieval towns, castles and many many many festivals.
However, are any of them child-friendly? When you have a child you have to plan ahead and think of their needs. A child-friendly holiday would mean: easy to reach, not crowded, facilities for children to play indoors and outdoors and to be able to explore nature safely.
What if they are bored? Are there going o be any children playgrounds in the area? What if you want to go and see amazing mountain landscapes? Are there any light and easy trails which are child-friendly?
This special list was made for families that want to have a stress free holiday with their children, no matter where they choose to go. Here are our top 17 family friendly holidays that you can take in Romania.
- Praid salt mine
Salina Praid is visited by 400,000 people a year. Most people visit it for its health benefits, as it helps people with respiratory problems, such as asthma. Salina Praid is also ideal for families. Not only for its health benefits and amazing views but also because it has many facilities for children. As well, close by there is a swimming pool with salt water that has many health benefits. What can you do there? What are the facilities?
Activities for families and facilities
- Painting for children
- Playground for children
- Climbing area for teenagers and adults
- Rope adventure park
- Ping pong
Sinaia is a small mountain resort in Prahova County, however, it is quite popular with tourists due to the famous Peles Castle. The town is great because it has easy access to hiking routes and it is also great for winter sports, such as skiing ( there are 16 ski slopes nearby!) and for camping.
Activities for families:
- Peles castle
- Festival ( first weekend of September)
- The Muddy Volcanoes
This is a good destination if you are looking for a one day trip. If you are interested in volcanoes and you want to educate your children this is a great and safer way to explore them. As well, this type of volcanoes are rare in the world. The view is great, and small tip- the volcanoes do make noise and they smoke, however you are not advised to touch them.
- Danube’s Cauldrons
There is plenty to see in this beautiful area. The best idea ist o rent a car and drive to Portile de Fier, to Orsova. You can visit in the area the Mraconia monastery, Decebal statue ( 55 metres and it is the highest sculpture in Europe), the Veterani caves, ponicova cave, Ponicova gorges. You can also travel by boat on the Danube near the Ponicova gorges.
- Boat ride
- Amazing views and landscapes
- Exploring caves
- Light trail Ponicova gorges
- Visit Herman turtle which is protected in Romania and Europe
- 2 Mai at the seaside
If you want to go to the seaside this is a good choice, as it is a small village on the Black Sea Coast. It is quite closet o the Bulgarian border, in half an hour by car you can go and visit the Bulgarian Sea coast. The benefits of going to 2 Mai ist hat the place is not crowded compared to other sea towns and if you prefer a quiet vacations, this is an ideal place as there is no night life.
Facilities for families
- A few restaurants
- Very relaxed area
- No night life
- Saint George beach( plaja Sfantu Gheorghe)
The beach is located 3 kilometres from Sfantu Gheorghe town. It is a virgin beach with a beautiful white sand. It is easy to reach either by foot or you can travel by a special tractor for tourists. There is a small area where tourists usually stay and are able to purchase drinks and food. This perfect for families that are fed up with cities and are looking for a really quiet holiday.
- Virgin beach
- Ocna Sibiului salt mine
The salt mine is good for people who are trying to improve their health, as it is beneficial for people who suffer from asthma. The salt mine also has a Turkish bath hand sports facilities
- Turkish bath
- Children playground
- Football/tennis courts
This beautiful town hosts a medieval festival every year. It has managed to preserve its medieval buildings and stony lanes for hundreds of years. It also has fortified walls which encircle the citadel. There are many private tours organized here at all times, as the place is quite packed with tourists most of the year. If you want to avoid crowds, it is best to avoid the festival time.
- Visit Sighisoara historic center
- Clock tower
- Covered stairway
- Church on the hill
- History museum
- Breite Ancient Oak Tree Reserve
This city is very popular with Romanians due to its location. The city is surrounded by the Southern Carpathians. There is plenty to see and do in this city. You can go sightseeing as there are many medieval buildings, gothic churches and defensive fortifications or you can go up to Tampa with the cable car for amazing views.
- Brasov Adventure park
- Bear sanctuary
- Cable car ride to Tampa
- Aqua park
- Ghost and vampire tours
- Rupea citadel
- Albota resort
If you are looking for fresh mountain air, this is the place for you.This is a tourist complex, closet to Sibiu. It is located in Fagaras mountains. There are many activities for families with children
- Horse riding
- Table tennis
- Quad bikes
- Animal farm
- Children playground
- Semenic ski resort
If you love camping, you will love Semenic, which is located in Banat mountains. This place is perfect for a winter holiday.
- Light hiking
Prince Charles fell in love with Viscri and bought a house here. That should be enough recommendation for this beautiful Saxon village. The village has a beautiful picturesque fortified church and it is located only 40 km from Sighisoara.
- Children workshops
- Cooking workshops
- Light hiking
- Sculpting workshops
- Eforie Nord
Eforie Nord is a holiday resort on the Black Sea shore and it is particularly popular with families. The Techirghiol Lake is nearby and many people use its mud for medicinal purposes. It is quite easy to travel by train or bus to visit other sea resorts.
- Horse riding
- Mini golf
- Children pool
Romania’s most popular resort is located on the north-east of Constanta’s city center. Compared to the other places in this list, Mamaia is quite crowded and noisy. It would probably be better for families with teenagers. The resort also has camping sites in the north.
- Live converts
- Tennis courts
- Volleyball courts
- Basketball courts
- Aqua magic water park
- Tele gondola
Bucovina is one of the most beautiful areas of Romania. It is best to rent a car and explore the area, as there are many tiny villages, historical towns and beautiful monasteries. You can visit the town of Gura Humorului, Voronet Monastery, Humor monastery, Moldovita, Varatec and Putna monasteries. Nuns still live there and they take great care of their gardens.
Maramures is a special part of Romania, as many traditions are still part of daily life. People still wear traditional clothes and there are many traditional houses and wooden churches which have beautiful sculpted wooden gates in the front.
- Sightseeing: Merry Cemetery, Barsana monastery
- Mocanita train ride
- Cycling in Iza valley
The Danube Delta is the second largest river delta in Europe. It is quite rich in flora and fauna: there are 1830 species of plants and trees here, over 2440 species of insects, 11 species of reptiles, 320 species of birds and 44 species of mammals. It is best to go in September when birds migrate.
- Boat riding