Some of Romania's most beautiful countryside is found in Muntenia, whose rolling green hills nestle villages and monasteries in their valleys, a mix of heritage buildings and museums, historical and natural attractions, royal palaces or century-old monasteries, all promises a different experience each day. Discover Muntenia!
Facts & Figures
Muntenia also known in English as Greater Wallachia is a historical region of Romania, usually considered Wallachia-proper or Țara Românească. It is situated between the Danube (south and east), the Carpathian Mountains (the Transylvanian Alps branch) and Moldavia (both north), and the Olt River to the west. Part of the traditional border between Wallachia/Muntenia and Moldavia was formed by the rivers Milcov and Siret.
Muntenia region is part of Romanian Country‘s historical region. First inhabitants of Muntenia were the Getaes and Dacians who populated this territory since antiquity. For dozens of years, this was the place of many wars between Dacians ruled by Burebista and Romans ruled by Traian.
Touristically, there is a powerful contrast between the south part of Muntenia region, a little poor in objectives and the north part, situated at a higher elevation which regardless the weather or season, has always tourists. If you are in the area and you want to know more about Romania’s history, you should visit at least one of the former capitals from Curtea de Arges, Campulung or Targoviste, known as old and beautiful capitals, but above is Bucharest with hundreds of sights.
Some of Romania's most tranquil monasteries can be found in this region, also Ialomita Monastery and Cave in Southern Carpathians (Dambovita County) is a must see.
A must stop for art lovers is the town of Targu Jiu on the banks of the Jiu River. This former market town is closely associated with Constantin Brancusi, the Romanian artist who is considered to be the founder of modern sculpture.
- Traditional Food
Muntenia and Oltenia cuisine feature a variety of sour soups with lots of vegetables. It is not unusual to find an earthen oven in the backyards of houses in the Muntenia region. Here knot-shaped bread and pies are baked and delicious vegetable stew is slow cooked in clay jars.
This region produces some of Romania's best red wines including Feteasca Neagra, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Outdoor activities
Biking, Camping, Caving, Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, Nature walks, Wildlife and bird watching
Time to spend
Minimum 4 days. Muntenia's unique mix of historical and natural attractions promises a different experience each day.
Area: 41,000 sq miles; Population: Approximately 6 million; Main cities: Bucuresti, Craiova, Drobeta-Turnu Severin, Ploiesti, Targoviste.
Muntenia‘s territory has the highest peak of the country, Moldoveanu peak of 2.544 m height, but Enjoy Romania included this peak in the Transfagarasan area, because of the high level of tourism, due to their beauty and natural richness. Also the Arges Valley is also included in the Transfagarasan region.
Prahova Valley is the most famous and frequented tourist area in Muntenia, Enjoy Romania presented it as an area itself, please go visit Prahova Valley for more information
Due to the surface where Muntenia is extended, its relief of a rare beauty is very complex. The largest part is composed by the Romanian Plain with its sub divisions, among the best known is Baragan Plain. These stretched areas represent a large part of Romania‘s agricultural land and pastures and Romania is known as a predominantly rural and agrarian country. Towards the central part, there is the stretched Getic Plateau and to its north-eastern part, Getic and Curburii Sub Carpathians make the transition to the mountainous area where the peaks of Carpathian Mountains guard this region.
Muntenia‘s climate is temperate-continental like in whole Romania, but the temperature varies depending the season and altitude. Here the annual average of the temperature is 10-11° C, where summers are very hot and winters milder. Although, in the mountain area the temperatures are much lower and the snow is present for many months of the year. Regardless the season, Muntenia has always something beautiful to offer to any tourist who dear to come here, because the variety of tourist objectives and attractions is large.