Transylvania is a region steeped in history and in legend. It occupies much of central Romania and is bordered in the south and to the east by the Carpathian mountains.
The Cindrel Mountains in the southern Carpathians are popular with climbers and hikers. Best-known as the land of Dracula, it has a lot more to offer than vampire stories.
Transylvania is known for its dark forests, lonely valleys and the myth of Dracula, the blood-sucking figure on whom Irish author Bram Stoker based his famous novel. But is this what the heart of Romania is really like?
Would you want to spend Halloween in the castle which inspired the legend of Dracula in deepest Transylvania? That's exactly what more than 80,000 people have applied to do via the accommodation website, Airbnb.
Romania is developing its range of offers for tourists. Organizers are increasingly relying on tourism that's close to nature, such as guided hikes in the Carpathian Mountains - with encounters with brown bears.
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