The local city of Deva is like many cities of the world, on the outskirts there is the usual industry, but in the centre amongst the communist style blocks of flats, it has a beautiful old town and wherever you are, you will find the streets buzzing with life from the bars, cafes, restaurants and clubs and in the summer indoors moves outdoors as the streets are lined with terraces, stalls, children playing and festivals.
In Deva you will find pretty much anything you need from either the individually owned shops and market stalls, or the new supermarkets and shopping malls.
For exploration, you can take a trip up the citadel by foot or the recently installed funicular railway, visit the local museums and art galleries, catch a show at the theatre or attend one of the many summer street markets and free to enter open-air concerts.
Relaxation in the summer city heat is a must, for this take a stroll in the park, eat an ice-cream on the terraces or visit one of the two swimming complexes.
Deva is built on a grid system, so you can normally find your way back to where you started, but you can always take a map just in-case!
Located in a meadow next to stunning woodlands, Prislop is the perfect place to restore mind, body and soul. The monastery is maintained by committed Orthodox nuns who have taken a vow of silence in one of the most important places of Orthodox worship in the Transylvanian region.
Built in the second half of the fourteenth century by Father Nicodemus, it is a place that Romanians and non-Romanians flock to for spirituality and peace.
Please note that gentlemen will be required to wear long trousers and ladies a dress or skirt below the knee.
Quite a different place from Prislop, Corvin Castle is one of Romanias’ spectacular landmarks. Some researchers place this first stone fortress in the 14th century, but it is generally agreed that the first stage of construction was finished before 1446, when Ioan of Hunedoara, the then Governor of the Hungarian Kingdom, decided to transform the fortress into a castle, a residence that would show the Governor’s new social status.
There is also a historical rumour that Vlad the Impaler was imprisoned in this castle’s dungeon for seven years, we will leave this up to your imagination. Well worth a visit for anyone interested in exploring a ‘fairy-tale’ castle.
Before you fly home, we strongly recommend that you visit the city of Sibiu.
Sibiu also known as Hermannstadt its
German name was the largest and wealthiest of the seven walled citadels of Romania built in the 12th century by German settlers known as Transylvanian Saxons.
European city of the year in 2007 it has been through some remarkable renovations, whilst maintaining its original architectural grandeur.
The city is multi-cultural and between its two squares in the old town has many beautiful places to visit and relax in addition to the Evangelical cathedral which has a renaissance style mural showing the Crucifixion and boasts the largest organ in Romania with over 6,000 pipes