With competition between the beauty of Maramures, cities like Cluj, and the deluge of offerings in Transylvania, Wallachia (the Romanian land) is shamefully underrated, thus ignored by most travelers.
The term (Wallachia) comes from vlah, a Slav origin word used for all Latin people of the Balkans.
Located in a place of strategic interest to European powers and to those situated to the east, Wallachia’s preservation of a sense of identity over many years of foreign domination makes it yet more interesting a destination — it’s the land of the kings, shaped by Roman, Turkish, and Slavic influence.
Suffice it to say Wallachia is a gorgeous area of Romania, located between the Danube Delta and the Carpathian Mountains, as illustrated on the map by various shades of yellow and names of areas.
While Romanian cities offer a wealth of culture and modern life, Wallachia welcomes the traveler with its rich tradition and natural beauty. Peles Castle, for example, is one such site (see top picture). And did I mention pristine valleys, history, and welcoming people?
I’ll leave you with a few more images. Enjoy.
Images: tismana romania wallachia,romaniadacia.wordpress.com; Wallachia, http://www.eliznik.org.uk, Peles Castle, http://www.bestromania.com; cozia monastery,flickr, tripdvisory, wikimediaCC;www.exploringromania.com