Moldova is the least visited European country and we believe it has a lot to do with lacking of tourist attractions. Even though Moldova is rich in its history and tradition, it is very poor in tourism strategy and promotion.
If you are already thinking of traveling to Moldova and you are asking yourself what to see and do there, we gathered some of the best tourist attractions and places, which you should not miss.
This medieval town is known as a fortified city. Due to its magnificent and strong walls, Soroca plaid a huge role in protecting Moldova from invasions like Tartars, Polyaks, Cossacks, Ottomans and Slavs. The town is also known as being home of the largest Gipsys community in Moldova. We wanted to explore it ourselves too, but due to the broken shock absorber on our car we unfortunately had to skip it.
#2 Orheiul Vechi settlement
The town of Orhei was established in 15th-16th Century. The excavations showed that the ancient town of Orhei was rich with a mosque, two mausoleums and a bath. Ortodox church from 17th Century, still stands on the top of the rock, having splendid views over the vineyards. The road, which goes to Orhei, passes some of the most beautiful and picturesque Moldovan villages, showing a true image of Moldova daily life.
#3 Saharna Monastery
The monastery lies in one of the most beautiful gorges of the river Dniester in Moldova. From the top of the Orthodox church leads a path to the very bottom and ends by the river. The walk with its many waterfalls is nice, but can get really hot in the summer, so don’t forget to take water supply with you.
#4 Milestii Mici wine cellar
The fact that we can drive with a car around this wine cellar says it all. The Milestii Mici wine cellar has few more surprises in its sleeve – it is known after the largest wine collection in the world, which even got a place in the Guinness Book of Records. Book yourself a guided tour with tasting and experience a true Moldovan tradition. More about our visit to the Milestii Mici wine cellar here.
The capital of Moldova is interesting for its vibe. You can easily spot two worlds here – rich and poor, mixing together. The modern architecture and lifestyle want to cover the communism era, but it will take a while to really succeed. When visiting Chisinau, do as the locals do and start your day with a coffee and a glass of local Kvint cognac. After the local tradition, you have no other choice than exploring the city center by foot.
#6 Republic of Transnistria and Tiraspol
The self-proclaimed Transnistrian Republic is an adventure of its own. Just crossing its boarders is something you will not forget. Visit its capital Tiraspol and be amazed over the so called open-air museum of soviet times.
Moldova is not really an attractive place for massive tourism yet, but that is why it is perfect for everyone who is interested in a country without any make-overs, just to be more appealing for an ignorant visitors. Moldova is a country, which makes you think, if you are the right kind of traveller.