Moldova is a smaller, Eastern European country – landlocked and bordered by Romania and Ukraine. Moldova covers a total area of more than 33 thousand square kilometres and has a population reaching nearly 3 million people. The official language in Moldova is Romanian, although Bulgaria, Ukrainian and Gagauz languages are also recognised depending on the region.
The Moldovan capital city is Chișinău. Chișinău is also the largest and most populous city and plays an important role as the industrial and commercial centre of the country. It is also a very prosperous part of the country, mainly due to the fact of being intersection for transport and trade. Nowadays, the country stands at the bottom of the poorest countries in Europe. However, Moldova is a member of the United Nations and also the World Trade Organisation. It also belongs to the aspiring European Union initiates.
Moldova is one of the post-Soviet Union nations, historically highly influenced by this giant empire.
Over the centuries, the territory of Moldova was ruled by several huge empires, including the Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire or the Byzantine Empire, serving as a strategic point for the intercontinental trade between Europe and Asia. Russian Empire and the Soviet era meant colonisation and rule of the Russian authorities. The independence finally came with the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Moldova’s beauty and appeal stand mainly in its raw and rural face.
Compared to the neighbouring Ukraine and Romania, Moldova is not treated as a popular destination by tourists. The lack of fuzz about the natural beauty, however, leaves is undiscovered and charmingly irresistible for adventurous souls who like to discover places no one else has seen before.
The remote valleys and pastures will make you feel like going down the history. The real highlight of Moldova is the local culture and people. They appreciate and welcome every visitor with their authentic hospitality and warm smile. Many wineries are also a cause for the outstanding and delicious local wine.