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Located in Eastern European, Moldova is a small landlocked nation neighboring Ukraine and Romania. A former Soviet republic, the country was a part of Romania up until World War II. Culturally similar to Romania in many aspects, the remote country ‘s traditions and quaint villages are well worth exploring. Moldova is lined with monasteries and its unspoiled countryside is a sleepy haven. The country offers an array of natural features and boasts diverse picturesque landscapes including lush forests, vineyards, and rocky hills. Top natural wonders of Moldova are Butesti Ravine, Jeloboc Spring, Raut Canyon, Saharna Falls, and Surprizelor Cave. Among Europe’s least visited countries, Moldova is a budget destination with low cost of transport and food. Major attractions in Moldova are Cricova Winery, Tipova Monastery, Cross of Orheiul Vechi, Manastirea Curchi, Cave monastery at Saharna, Capriana Monastery, Fortress of Soroca, Codru Monastery, and Republic of Transnistria and Tiraspol. The country is home to several cultural institutions and hosts popular festivals such as Victory Day, Night of Museums, National Day of Wine, Underland Wine and Music Fest, Martisor, Mai Day, Aerobis Balloon Fiesta, Folk Costume Day, Mai Dulce, and DescOPERA.
Popular Destinations in Moldovia
Capital of Moldovia, Chisinau is the commercial, industrial,
transportation, and political hub of the country. Located in the heart of
Moldovia, the city is lined with blocks of Soviet style architecture. The
neoclassical Nativity Cathedral is emblematic of the city. The elegant
structure anchors the Cathedral Park, which is home to the monumental
Triumphal Arch. The Arch celebrates Russia's 19th century
victory over the Ottoman Empire. The city is lined with several museums,
cultural institutions, and parks, such as Stephen the Great Central Park,
Valea Morilor, Museum of Archeology, Village Museum, Alexandar Pushkin
Museum, National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History, Dendrarium
Park, and Museum of National Arts Moldovia. Especially noteworthy is the
National Museum of History of Moldova which displays archaeological
artifacts, photographs, and war relics documenting the country's past.
Located 15 kilometres north of Chisinau, Cricova was founded in 1431.
Formerly known as Vadul-Pietrei, the city is popular among tourists for its
wine cellars. Visitors must take a tour to one of the many vineyards and
cellars to relish some local wine. Cricova Winery is the major landmark
here. Visitors can explore the 15 th century elaborate tunnel
system via guided tours where they will find underground tasting rooms and
huge cellars. Many wine-lovers flock to Cricova to savor the region’s
wines, which are considered to be among the finest in Moldova.
Founded by Russians in 1792, Tiraspol is the second largest city in
Moldova. The city lies on the eastern bank of River Dniester. The political
status of Tiraspol can be amusing for visitors. Tiraspol is also the
administrative center and capital of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian
Moldavian Republic. Tiraspol has a soviet era aesthetic and is lined with
several soviet monuments such Monument to Suvorov, Memorial of Glory,
Monument to Aviators, and Tank Monument. History enthusiasts can head over
to the Zelinksky Museum and nature lovers can explore National Botanic
Garden and Pobeda Park.
Best Time to Visit Moldova
The best time to take Moldova flights is from May to June but be vary of the frequent showers. For those who wish to avoid crowds and get economical flights, August and October are the ideal months to take cheap flights to Moldova.
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