Unique destinations for those who loves nature, rich flavorful fruits hand picked by the local people, great food and legendary wines. I would include Moldova also in the World’s Most Tourists-Friendly countries. In order to give you a diverse list of destinations we chose different places from North, Center and South of Moldova.
Hanul lui Hanganu is a small complex in the nature that belongs to Hanganu family which includes a restaurant, hotel and different outdoor activities like: fishing, hiking or just a boat ride on Nistru river. Very close to it is also Tipova Monastery
I liked the most their stuffed dried plums, the taste of fresh just-caught fish and placinta with cheese…
Very calm atmosphere, especially when you’re thinking that on the other side of the river is Transnistria
You can do your reservation here :https://hanulhanganu.md/
The name of the great-grandfather, Cerven Gani, served as a source of inspiration for the brand name KaraGani (which ”Kara” means black and ”Gani” means family). The small winery in Traian’s Wave, Vulcanesti, Gagauzia (southern Republic of Moldova) has a wine tasting room, a museum with specific Gagauz-customs.
Because the best wines are the ones we drink with friends & family.
Butuceni is situated in a picturesque place that delights your eyes with the landscapes, situatd in the “Little Grand Canyon of Moldova.”Archeological discoveries show that this picturesque place was always populated. At the Butuceni there are restored objects from the peasant households. Every object, stone or work tool can tell the origin of the people.
What brings me to Butuceni over and over again is the Atmosphere like I am coming to visit my grandparents…
Curchi Monastery, dedicated to “The Nativity of Our Lady,” is one of the most important monuments of the Moldavan architecture in Bessarabia. It is located in Orhei County on the valley of Vaticiu. The Curchi Monastery is of rare beauty, due to the orchards and surrounding forests, giving it the green tone, from which the churches and white buildings appear as bright dots.
Several churches were build on the monastery’s premises: St. Demetrius, a wooden church built in 1775 by Ioan Curchi; Naşterea Domnului, a stone church built in 1810; the winter church of St. Demetrius built in 1844; the summer church Naşterea Domnului built in 1872; and the winter church of St. Nicholas (unfinished), built in 1936-1939.
Monastery’s main church, the cathedral Naşterea Domnului (1872), was built in baroque style, inspired by the church of St. Andrew in Kiev, which was designed by Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. The cathedral has the highest dome in Moldova, rising to a height of 57 meters
The winery was founded in 1994 and their purpose is to make quality wines using modern technologies but also to keep the traditions of the old generations. Their food is good, the best being oven cooked “Placinta”(pie).
They organize tours of the winery where you can see the whole process of winemaking. You can see how the harvested grapes are pressed, how the juice is fermented and transformed into wines, how the wines evolve after fermentation either by aging in oak barrels and/or in the bottle.
Located in the nearness of fruitful forests and flowering clearings, Ulmu vines prospered worked by people with devotion and warmed by the sun. One day a beautiful deer came to the vine, The shine and aroma of the grapes combined with the swish of the grape leafs charmed him. The deer could not stand the temptation and ate more and more of the grapes until his horns tangled in the vine. His moan called the workers who helped him release and treated him with another grape. The deer ran towards the forest ,stopped at its edge and looked back thankfully. Ever since the locals witnessed many deers coming secretly to the vineyards to taste the grapes. So they decided to name the winery – Forest’s Meadow, Poiana Codrilor, with a jumping deer as its symbol.
”The wine adds a smile to friendship
and a spark to love”
Edmondo de Amicis
Ana Statova, a single mother with two children, has recently become a celebrity in UTA Gagauzia. She wanted the world to know more about the beauty of local traditions. The roof of the reed and the walls of clay and straw make the four houses of the complex cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Gourmet culinary specialties, such as shorpa, a very seasoned sheepmeat soup, or bulgur, a kind of pilaf with lamb, red, carrot, onion and red pepper, make the delight of local and foreign tourists alike.
Their museum is absolutely amazing once you get in, Anna will dress you up in all their traditional wedding costumes so you can feel the emotion of their less known culture. All the exhibits in her museum are collected by her during many years from villagers, trying to find pictures with her family members that she had lost…
In the medieval period the fortress of Soroca was part of a huge Moldovan defensive system, which comprised four fortresses on the Nistru river, two on the Danube and another three in the northern part of the country. With this “stone belt of fortresses”, the country borders were well protected. Soroca fortress was built at the Nistru river crossing, on older fortifications. In 1499, on the order of Stefan cel Mare, a square wooden fortress was built, on the site of a former Genovan fortress called as Olihonia (Alciona)
Soroca’s fortress is also famous for being the place where the Moldovan army, commanded by the famous statesman Dm. Cantemir, and the Russian army, led by the Tsar Petru I, met and consolidated their forces during the Prut campaign against the Turkish hordes in 1711. Along history, the fortress has been visited by Bogdan Hmelnitski, Timush Hmelnitski, Alexander Suvorov, and others. The fortress is the only medieval monument in Moldova, which has been preserved entirely as it was designed by its builders. Above the entrance gate one can visit the small military church.
The Palace Manuc Bey was built approximately in 1857 and was finished in 1861. The palace was built according to the design of the architect Alexandru Bernardazzi and is supposed to have been decorated in four styles: Armenian, Turkish, Moldovan and European.
They’re famos for their tunnels and underground galleries that are very common in Hincesti, they combined many buildings and households to serve as escape routes in case of danger, most of them were demolished over time, yet on the territory of the complex restored the tunnel between two important buildings – the Prince Palace and Iamandi House.
Ecaterina Popescu has developed and authorized at the Ministry of Education 3 study programs (curriculum) and 3 guides for those interested in studying the art of embroidery and embroidery based on the experience and inherited ancestral traditions
Ecaterina Popescu is the founder of the “Rustic Art” Handicrafts Complex in the village of Clişova Nouă, Orhei district. The center has several objects: Crafts Training Center, Clişova Nouă Museum, “Popular Traditions of Villages in Lunca Răutului”, Hall of permanent exhibition, Lăstăraşii folk dance ensemble.
In the past, wall carpets produced by weavers in communities of Romania and the Republic of Moldova were used not only as decorative features and sources of insulation but also as part of a bride’s dowry. A variety of techniques were needed to produce the pieces with impressive motifs. Techniques have changed from vertical or horizontal looms practised in some parts, to tight picking (thread by thread) and other forms with weavers now able to work from home. In villages, girls learn the art form from their mother or grandmother, while in cities craft centers, associations and colleges, as well as museums provide classes.
”The art of carpet- weaving using traditional equipment (razboi) is endangered in Moldova ”
Cricova the Underground Wine City
The history of the “Cricova” Associated Wine Factory begins in 1952. There was a shortage of facilities for the storage and ageing of wines at that time in the Republic of Moldova.
“Cricova”, rightfully referred to as the ‘Pearl of Moldovan Winemaking’, is a unique underground complex that got renowned throughout the world for both its huge labyrinths and its excellent wines.
Following long searches, two outstanding personalities of Moldovan winemaking, Petru Ungureanu and Nicolae Sobolev, suggested to use the galleries resulting from building stone extraction as warehouses for the storage of wine. Before long it turned out that the wines produced at the Cricova Associated Wine Factory and aged in the underground silence possessed exceptional qualities.
“Cricova” is the first winery in Moldova which makes sparkling wine as it was prepared by the monk – wine maker Pierre Perignon. The technology “Méthode Traditionnelle” is a complex and thin process, consisting in secondary, in-bottle fermentation and the subconsequent maturation “cuvée.”
Constantin Mimi managed to build the first chateau in Moldova. This led him to produce great wines and raise the standards by implementing new technologies. Thanks to his actions the country’s wine making industry was saved a couple of times, so Moldova can be today one of the leading wine producers in the world.
Castel MIMI is an unique resort that features a range of top class services. Accommodations, swimming pool, restaurant, spaces for events and parties at highest level to offer you a source of comfort, relaxation, and well-being. In the close future we plan to open a Wine SPA, to inaugurate terraces, and to increase the number of hotel rooms.
Cioburciu village has a history of over 650 years. It is situated in the south-eastern part of the Republic of Moldova, at a distance of 110 km. Chisinau. A territory of the Ramsar area, the most afforested part of the Republic of Moldova, where flora and fauna is best preserved, which is of particular interest to both scientists and lovers to relax in the nature.
“Mester-Faur” Pension is open to all lovers of nature and is the perfect solution to forget about everyday worries. The pension has a rectangular wooded (Bungalo) cottage at a height of 6 meters above the water, which has 2 double beds total area of 24 square meters. Two rooms in the house, 2 persons each, 2 outdoor dining terraces.
The famous song of Zdob si Zdub, “Boonika Bate Doba”(“Grandmamma Beats the Drum”), also made Lidia Bejenaru famous for the Moldovan audience and then the European one for the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest.
They also do the drums together: “we have been doing drums for about 30 years. They’re natural goatskin. I clean it with my grandmother, we crap, we stretch it, we do it, “says Dorel Bejenaru.
Also you could visit “Prutul de Jos” (Lower Prut) Scientific Reserve is located in the south-western part of the Republic of Moldova, along the lower course of the Prut river. The Manta lake is located 20 km North of the reserve, and the confluence of the Prut river with the Danube is located 15 km south of the reserve.
The Beleu lake with an area of 628 ha, is the main attraction of the Reserve, a relic of the Danube, is a freshwater lagoon formed by the transgressions of marine waters that is 5-6 thousand years old. It is a natural monument of great scientific, cultural and aesthetic value.
At the turn of the century, Château Purcari replanted 250 hectares of vineyards, and installed state-of-the-art technology at the winery. As Moldova’s most prestigious export, Purcari lead the nation’s international development by entering into over 25 markets including the US, Canada, UK, Norway, Czech Republic, China, Poland, and the Baltic countries.
Recognizing similarities in the soil and climate with the Bordeaux region, French settlers entered into partnerships with the monastery and began cultivating Purcari’s special vintages in the eighteenth century.
Several decades later, after the enterprise had become a profitable success, it was confirmed that Purcari vineyards are located at the same latitude as France’s famous wine region, and like Bordeaux, the soil rich was rich in rubidium (which is what gives both regions’ wines their intense purple color). As the region’s red wines developed their bouquets were able to attain comparable levels of intensity and complexity.
photo credit :Costas Dumitrescu