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Moldova is a very interesting place and it’s most definitely one of the least touristy countries in Europe.
The day before my trip, I asked on Instagram to 40K followers if anyone has been to Moldova, or knows someone who has been there before, and very few people responded.
I had the opportunity to visit Moldova when I was in Romania during my 2 month Eurotrip. And unexpectedly, it was one of the highlights of my Eastern European travels.
Moldova gained independence in August 1991 — just 3 months after I was born. Due to the diverse history and mix of culture, Moldova is known as “country of contrasts.” It’s geographically located between Ukraine and Romania, and past influences of German and Russian have occurred throughout history. As a result, you’ll see some drastic contrasts and random things as you explore the country.
For example of what I mean by “country of contrasts,” one night I went to a luxurious nightclub in Chisinau where I saw some of most beautiful and wealthiest people of my life. The next morning, I was immersing myself in a poor village in the countryside and learning how to cook traditional Moldovian food. I had a taste of everything.
The photo you see above is from a picture-perfect village near Orhei called Orheiul Vechi, and we were making food at Butuceni Eco Resort. You should head over there to see the real Moldova and get a taste of the best traditional food!
On another note, if you’re a budget traveler, then Moldova is a great place for you because it’s so darn cheap! I was able to eat a nice restaurants and sleep in nice hotels without spending too much money.
The language in Moldova is Romanian, but there many Russian immigrants living there and almost all of the Moldovian people speak Russian as a second language.
If you visit Moldova, you can’t miss out on a trip to the countryside. It’s beautiful. I took a day trip to a famous winery Château Vartely located outside the city or Orhei. I rented a car courtesy of Sixt Rental Cars with my Moldovian friend and travel blogger Svetlana from Orheiance.eu.
Here is a photo of us together:
So without further adieu, here are 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Moldova:
1. Affordability— Moldova is without question the cheapest in Europe. And I’m talking dirt CHEAP! I went out to a bar and ordered a rum and coke AND a beer for my friend for 38 lei total (less than $USD).
Taxis are pretty much free. You won’t spend more than $2-3 to get across the city.
One morning I got breakfast – an omelet, a banana and coffee for less than $1USD.
Do you want to get a SIM card for your phone ? That’ll be $3 for enough data to last you a month. You get the idea.
2. Wine — Second to Italy, Moldova is known to have the best wine in Europe. I’m not really a wine person, but I thoroughly enjoyed the wine that I tried in Moldova. I toured around Château Vartely winery with my friend Svetlana and had some incredible white wine. Apparently, this wine won the gold medal for a European award.
Moldova and wine are synonyms, so you must get your hands on a tasty glass when you get here!
3. Fruit — The fruit in Moldova for whatever reason is incredible. Moldova has a reputation for some of the freshest fruit in Europe. And believe me — it is that delicious!
Some of the best fruits to try are watermelon, grapes, oranges and bananas. It will literally cost you pennies.
4. Beautiful People – I thought that Serbians, and Romanians were the most beautiful people in Eastern Europe…. until I went to Moldova. It’s almost like the farther eat you go in Europe, the more prettier the people get!
Of course, I am talking about Moldovian girls (sorry if you are looking for some sexy Moldovian guys…). I was in awe by how sexy they were, and actually they were open to meeting foreigners! I went to the most posh nightclub in the city called Coscos and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I’ll leave the rest up to your imagination.
5. Mix of Cultures — As mentioned before, Moldova is a giant mix of cultures because the country has been taken over by several different dynasties in the past. It is split between Western and Eastern ideologies.
This makes it really interesting to explore because you never know what you’re going to encounter. You’ll some strange and random things as you walk around, but it’s all part of what makes Moldova unique.
Lastly, to end this post, I’ll be fair with you and mention the things that I didn’t like about Moldova.
Most people weren’t very friendly or helpful at all. Every time I asked for directions, they just stared at me like I was crazy. One afternoon, I spent 2 hours in the post office trying to send a box home and the customer service was ABSOLUTE shit. Every time when I was in a restaurant or a café, I had to call the waiter over like 5 times just to take my order and/or bring me my bill.
But all in all, I would definitely suggest a trip to Moldova soon because it’s a unique experience that you can’t get elsewhere in Europe. And I think it’s going to be a popular tourist destination in the next 5 years.
Have you ever been? What are your thoughts?