Bucovina: Nature and Painted Monasteries

If you’d like to explore Bucovina, check our Active Tour in Cultural Bucovina. More tours on www.uncover-romania-tours.com

Location: North-East, the area of Suceava County

Bucovina is one of the most spiritual parts of Romania. Its culture, traditions and history work well together in creating an attractive space where past and present spirituality coexist making you want to return as often as possible. Enjoying a scenic landscape, at the foothills of the Carpathians, Bucovina offers all types of attractions and activities, from hiking adventures to cultural tours, gastronomic festivals and ethnographic events.

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Located mostly in the area of Suceava County, the name of the region comes from German and means the ‘Land of Beech’, a direct reference to the vast forests that once covered this part of Romania.

Short history

Until 1775, Bucovina was part of the historical country of Moldavia, today’s Eastern Romania. After this date it became part of the Habsburg Empire and will be known as the Ducat of Bucovina until 1918 when it reunited with Romania. It’s during the Habsburg rule that the name of Bucovina started being used, creating a distinct identity for the northern part of Moldavia. Bucovina was a multicultural space with Germans and Ukrainians living alongside Romanians at the beginning of the 20th century.

The culture of spirituality

Spirituality as a means of expression reaches a distinct level in Bucovina. The religious heritage that is so present in Moldavia is equally visible here, but with an added twist of specific interpretation and creativity.

Moreover, Bucovina is an important ethnographic area of Romania, with particular traditions such as Easter Eggs painting and craftsmanship becoming art, with traditional villages that stand out as open air museums, emblematic for the cultural identity of Bucovina.

Tourism in Bucovina

The location and the cultural heritage of Bucovina offer a diversity of experiences and activities. From walking through secular forests and hiking in Calimani National Park, to skying or  visits to the painted churches and relaxation in its quiet villages, Bucovina is a great holiday destination for all seasons.

Cultural and historical attractions:  UNESCO Heritage Sites, the fortress of Suceava, monasteries and churches, the Trout Festival from Ciocanesti, traditional villages (Ciocanesti, Moldovita, Vama, Fundu Moldovei, Marginea, Izvoarele Sucevei, Vicovu de Sus)

Nature attractions: Calimani National Park, Rodnei Mountains National Park, Rarau and Giumalau Mountains, Slatioara secular forest, Liliecilor Cave (Rarau)

Sports: hiking, skiing, cycling

If you’d like to explore Bucovina, check our Active Tour in Cultural Bucovina. More tours on www.uncover-romania-tours.com

About the author

Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer, focusing on sustainable tourism practices and destinations. You can find Diana Condrea on Twitter and Google+

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