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Sinaia

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Transylvania, Romania.

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Sinaia’s greatest claim to fame is the excellent skiing it offers – but although there are a few pleasant hotels and restaurants and a casino, it’s fairly quiet for a winter resort and is just as good for those interested in wildlife-watching, since it’s right at the centre of a nature reserve and wolves, lynxes and bears roam the woods.

It is equally, if not more desirable as a Summer destination. Peles Castle is located here - King Carol I’s gloriously romantic Summer palace - and the town was named after Sinaia Monastery, an ornate, gorgeously-painted retreat which was built in the middle of the peaceful Prahova Valley in the 17th century, and is still home to a small group of Orthodox Christian monks and open to visitors.

The nearby Saint Anne and Franz Joseph cliffs were once the site of the Romanian royal family’s hunting lodge, and are famous for their spectacular views of the valley, making them a good picnic spot - and the warm weather also draws out locals selling lace, traditional Romanian clothes and souvenirs beneath the trees along the track to Peles.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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