It's not a secret for anyone that the main attraction in Bucovina are the painted Monasteries, but what else is there here to do see and explore?
Romania is a very religious country and especially back in the history it was said that rulers and counts of the time were building churches for each battle they won, even if this is maybe not 100% true and it did not apply for all, some churches were built to honer the memory of the people who died during fights and to give thanks for winning the battle.
You can read more about the Monasteries on my post here
Gura Humorului is a great location to stay while in Bucovina. You can easily visit the Monasteries from here, taste excellent local food, do some hiking or visit Suceava.
We stayed at Hilde's Residence as we were quite some people and wanted to have a good quality price ratio.
We stayed in the Rustik House which looks quite traditional inside and I love all the flowers you have all around the place. We Paid 105 Euro for 6 people without breakfast which was extra 5 Euro per person
They have a local restaurant where the food was good and traditional and they have a nice selection of Romanian wines
We got as recommendation to stay at La Roata where they have some of the houses that are arranged like old traditional Romanian houses, they look really beautiful and I fully trust the person that gave us the recommendations, but the prices were a bit high for our budget at that time, but I am sure it will be a great local experience.
If you have the time, Rodnei Montains are close by so it will for sure be an amazing experience to hike in the mountains that are listed under UNESCO patrimony. But if you don't have the time as it happened for us, you can still do short hikes around the local hills.
The routes are marked, but you do have a couple of places where you are not 100% sure where to go. You should ask the map at your accommodation.
We made a mix of the circuits so that we have a bit more of a hike. My favorite part was the part through the forest around all the super tall trees.
and you even get to see a great view over the city
Used to be the capital of the Principality of Moldavia during 1388 - 1565 after which it was moved to Iasi. Unfortunately we did not have time to visit the city but here what we still spotted
Dinner @Centru Vechi
Romania has maybe not yet very famous but definitely very good local wine, especially that more recently some new modern wineries opened. We took advantage to explore as may as possible ;)
When it comes to food, Romanian cuisine is based on a lot on meat similar with Balkan culture, you can recognize dishes from Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece or Turkey.
Breakfast @Oscar Wilde-Pub
We aimed to leave early as we had a long day ahead, but you can't start the day without breakfast
What we did managed to sport from the parking spot till the breakfast pub was the Heroes Monument
and Biserica Invierea Domnului din Suceava (EN: Resurrection Church from Suceava) built 1551
Having the full name Cetatea de Scaun a Sucevei (EN: The Seat Fortress of Suceava), the medieval fortress was built by Petru I Musat between 1375-1391. The fortress was recently renovated and modernized. Unfortunately they only have the self guided tour available in Romanian.
If someone can translate the tour is interesting and you can even have a simulation (recorded) of canon shooting
Before leaving towards our next stop the house of the most important storyteller of Romania, Ion Creanga, I want to add a picture of the biggest traditional painted egg in the world. The reason for it being here, is that Bucovina is famous for it's incredibly detailed decorated eggs. If you have the time pass by the museum, you'll be wowed .
I hope it convinced you to add Bucovina to your travel plan, make sure you allow yourself enough time, there are quite some things to see and do (.......and eat)