Skiing in Transylvania

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In a region famous for the legend of Dracula, lies the small mountain town of Poiana Brașov. Romania’s most popular ski resort offers so much more than just skiing. The resort is suited ideally for beginners to intermediate skiers and one week is enough time to also explore some of Transylvania’s treasures.

  • Where: Poiana Brașov, Romania
  • Month: February
  • For: 7 days
  • Suited to: Couples
  • Expect: Skiing, Castles and Good Food
  • Accommodations: The House of Dracula Hotel
  • Activities: Snow sports, Bran Castle, Libearty Bear Sanctuary
  • Restaurant recommendations: 2
  • Cost (accommodation): ~£200 pp + flights + hire car
  • Spending: £50 per day/pp (meals, pass, petrol etc)

Getting there

Fly direct from London Luton to Bucharest International on Blue Air. Blue air offer competitive pricing and favourable flight times. From Bucharest we rented a car and drove the 157km to Poiana Brașov. There are plenty of rental car companies to choose from offering a full range of vehicles. We chose an intermediate sized Dacia with snow chains, though we never needed to use them.

Poiana Brașov

Sleeping

While in Transylvania, where better to stay than the unique and quirky House of Dracula’s Hotel..

The House of Dracula Hotel

Modelled to look like a Draculaesque castle and has themed rooms, a spa, restaurant complete with wine cellar and they even have their own Dracula’s wine! And, of course, walking distance from the slopes.

What to do

Poiana Brașov Ski Resort: With 13 pistes totalling 9 miles, Poiana Brașov favours beginner to intermediate skiers and snowboarders. 11 lifts serve the resort and there are artificial snow pumps on the main pistes for those less snowy days.

Ski passes and private lessons are very cost effective compared to other European resorts. The quality and condition of the pistes are pretty good.

Bran Castle: A 30 minute drive from the resort takes you to the quaint town of Bran, home to the Romanian national monument and landmark – Bran Castle. The castle was used by Bram Stoker as inspiration for his novel Dracula and it easy to see why.

Schedule your visit earlier in the day to avoid any organised tours and have the castle to yourself.

Libearty Bear Sanctuary: Outside the town of Zărnești, a 30 minute drive from the resort lies the Libearty Bear Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a rescue centre for bears mistreated in tourism, zoos and circuses in Romania and all over Europe. The sanctuary is open to the public and the team are always happy to spread awareness of this great cause.

Email ahead to book you tour of the sanctuary and help support this great charity.

Eating

Restaurant Vanatorul: A short walk from the hotel, the food and wine in this popular restaurant is incredibly good. The interior is decked out in traditional Romanian hunter apparel and the waiters double as sommeliers. Go for the chateaubriand you will not be disappointed!

Restaurant Belvedere: Located inside the Belvedere hotel on the mountain road from Brașov, this upscale restaurant offers phenomenal views, professional service and a creative menu at a fraction of what you would expect to pay further west.

Drinking

Terroirs Boutique du Vin: Take the 25 minute journey into Brașov and search out this incredible little wine bar. With 400+ wines and no wine list, allow the staff to choose a glass or two for you based on your likes and dislikes.

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