When To Go

Romania is a year-round destination, and the best time to go depends on what you're most interested in doing there. There is much variation in its climate: the average annual temperature in the south is 11°C, 7°C in the north and only 2°C in the mountains. In the summer months, temper-■il u res have risen to above 40°C in recent years in Bucharest and along the Black Sea Coast, while winter chills of below -35°C are not unknown in the Bra$ov depression and around Miercurea Ciuc. In general, Romania's 11 i mate is transitional between temperate regions (the southeast can feel I >< isitively Mediterranean) and the more extreme weather characteristics ill I he continental interior. The average annual rainfall is 660mm, yet in llie mountains that figure is usually over twice that amount, while in the I >anube Delta it's often half that.

Summer (June to August) is an obvious time to visit for beach fun on llu- coast and for sunny hiking and mountain biking in the Carpathians; •ill lourist facilities are open then and the weather is usually great, but you will have to share the sites with more tourists. These months are best for bird watching in the Danube Delta. Spring in Romania is a pastiche of wililflowers, melting snow and melodious bird song. At higher elevations, ■.now lingers as late as mid-May, and the hiking season doesn't begin in earnest until mid-June. The best months for skiing are December to March, though the season extends either way some winters.

See Climate Charts (p335) for more information.

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