The center of Moldova

Discover the center of Moldova for adventures with low doses of adrenaline or oeno-culinary. Add to this a portion of spirituality from our old monasteries. You can practice hiking and biking in Plaiul Fagului, through Codrii Moldovei, rock climbing at Orheiul Vechi or kayaking on the Nistru. Also enjoy a traditional meal with good wine at Orheiul Vechi, in the villages of Butuceni and Trebujeni. In the village of Clișova Nouă stop to admire how carpets are woven in traditional looms from the Rustic Art Center. Also in the center of Moldova you can visit some extraordinary wineries such as Chateau Vartely or the cellars in Brănești, where you can dine in a cave.

Also enjoy a traditional meal with good wine at Orheiul Vechi, in the villages of Butuceni and Trebujeni. In the village of Clișova Nouă stop to admire how carpets are woven in traditional looms from the Rustic Art Center. Also in the center of Moldova you can visit some extraordinary wineries such as Chateau Vartely or the cellars in Brănești, where you can dine in a cave.

Wherever you go, do not forget that Moldova’s biggest attraction are its hospitable people!

 

Locations in the center of Moldova

Rustic Art crafts complex

Clisova Noua village, Orhei district

If you like folk crafts — particularly hand-woven rugs — you will love the Rustic Art Crafts Complex in Clisova Noua village. Yes, Moldovans still weave authentic Bessarabian rugs on hand looms. You can see how they do it, and how they make traditional costumes, when you visit this area, which is on the Chisinau-Lvov road.

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“Plaiul Fagului” natural reserve

Radenii Vechi village, Ungheni district

The Plaiul Fugal Nature Reserve is northwest of Chisinau, near the town of Ungheni. The serene area is rich in flora and fauna, hosting more than 900 types of plants, 40 animal species — including deer — and 140 kinds of birds. Plaiul Fagului is part of the Codru Forest.

In addition to nature and wildlife, you will find quaint villages in Plaiul Fagului, such as Bahmut and Cornesti. Besides camping, fishing, cycling and hiking the Codri Forest’s 1.5-kilometer and 3-kilometer trails, you can visit the Veverita, or Squirrel, Monastery. If you want to just chill out, you can stay in a comfortable hotel, such as the Bahmut Club.

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    The village of Molovata, a little more than an hour from Chisinau, offers picturesque views of the Nistru River, a waterfall and a cave with an intriguing local legend. The Nistru is exceptionally wide at Molovata — more than a kilometer. Those who make their way to high ground are rewarded with a panoramic sweep of the river at Molovata, a community that dates to 1574. In addition to climbing rocks and absorbing stunning vistas, you can explore the Cave of Unfaithful Women at Molovata. Legend has it that a group of men spent four years in the cave extracting stone to build a church without going to the village to see their wives, fiancees and girlfriends. When the men finally returned, they discovered their partners had left them for others. So they concocted a curse: “Let unfaithful women who enter this cave be unable to find their way out.”

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    Manuc Bey is a French-style castle with a winter garden, guard towers and a well-maintained park. Designed by Alexandru Bernardazzi, it was built during the second half of the Nineteenth Century. A recent renovation ensures that its dazzling architecture will captivate a new generation of visitors.

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    Guesthouses in the center of Moldova


    A good time to visit the Hanganu resort is — well, anytime. In winter you can skate on the frozen Nistru River. The Tipova waterfall is also frozen then, and what a sight! It looks like an ice kingdom from a movie. After you’ve traipsed around outside for a while, your cottage stove will warm you right up. In summer you can take boat rides on the Nistru and horse-drawn carri...

    A good time to visit the Hanganu resort is — well, anytime. In winter you can skate on the frozen Nistru River. The Tipova waterfall is also frozen then, and what a sight! It looks like an ice kingdom from a movie. After you’ve traipsed around outside for a while, your cottage stove will warm you right up. In summer you can take boat rides on the Nistru and horse-drawn carriages through the villages that flank the river. Don’t leave the Hanganu without tasting the house specialty, dwarf sarmale.


    The Bahmut Club is a good jumping-off point for hiking through the Plaiul Fagului nature reserve. In summer it also offers outdoor movies, jazz evenings and soul-soothing bonfires. A good way to get to the resort from Chisinau is by train. It stops right at Bahmut village.

    The Bahmut Club is a good jumping-off point for hiking through the Plaiul Fagului nature reserve. In summer it also offers outdoor movies, jazz evenings and soul-soothing bonfires. A good way to get to the resort from Chisinau is by train. It stops right at Bahmut village.


    The Fata Morgana guesthouse is on the eastern shore of the widest part of the Nistru River. It’s so wide there — more than a kilometer — that locals call the area the seaside. The resort actually does have a beach, complete with wooden chairs and big sun umbrellas. In summer you can ski, jet-ski or fish on the Nistru. So many people walk away with fish that it is considered ...

    The Fata Morgana guesthouse is on the eastern shore of the widest part of the Nistru River. It’s so wide there — more than a kilometer — that locals call the area the seaside. The resort actually does have a beach, complete with wooden chairs and big sun umbrellas. In summer you can ski, jet-ski or fish on the Nistru. So many people walk away with fish that it is considered an angler’s dream. If you need to recharge your batteries, take in the sweeping views of the river from high ground. Or climb rocks or explore the Peştera Femeilor Infidele — the Cave of Unfaithful Women. Another attraction is the Green Waterfall, which is eight meters high and 25 wide. Not only does watching it mesmerize you, but in summer its mist cools you off.


    If you love honey, and are curious about how bees are raised, you will adore the Conacul Mierii – or Honey Mansion – inn. Surrounding the inn are fruit trees that burst into bloom in spring and dozens of brightly painted boxes containing bee colonies. You will find the area quiet, except for some soft buzzing. Your hosts, Victor and Ana Ciolacu, work daily with the bees to p...

    If you love honey, and are curious about how bees are raised, you will adore the Conacul Mierii – or Honey Mansion – inn. Surrounding the inn are fruit trees that burst into bloom in spring and dozens of brightly painted boxes containing bee colonies. You will find the area quiet, except for some soft buzzing. Your hosts, Victor and Ana Ciolacu, work daily with the bees to produce the sweetest and healthiest honey you will ever find. They love to tell their guests – including curious little ones – about the bees’ everyday lives and how they produce honey.


    It is in Palanca village in the Calarasi area near Chisinau. Your visit will start with an introduction to one of Moldova’s most beautiful women — your hostess, Tatiana Popa. She will welcome you to the home of her parents, whom the communists banished after seizing their possessions.After years of effort, Tatiana was able to recover the home and turn it into a museum. T...

    It is in Palanca village in the Calarasi area near Chisinau. Your visit will start with an introduction to one of Moldova’s most beautiful women — your hostess, Tatiana Popa. She will welcome you to the home of her parents, whom the communists banished after seizing their possessions.

    After years of effort, Tatiana was able to recover the home and turn it into a museum. To enhance the flavor of yesteryear that the structure invokes, she brought back handicraft traditions. Palanca’s mostly ethnic Ukrainians, known as Hutsuls, celebrate their rituals at this landmark, passing them on to their children. You will not only get a glimpse of traditional Ukrainian life in the community, but also taste the Hutsuls’ special dishes. They start with white cherry jam served on cherry leaves. Next are potato pancakes, a green-tomato jam, cherry pie, and a scrumptious cheese pudding. As for drinks, Tatiana is likely to serve you socata, a refreshing brew of elderflowers, sugar, lemon and water. Or a peppermint liqueur, brandy or tea made from plants in her garden.