Choosing a Hiking Trail in Moldova
The recommended hiking trails listed below are of different lengths, difficulties and styles so that there is a hike in Moldova to fit every type of hiker and interest. These hikes have been marked and specially designed to have flexible starting and ending points, as well as the option sometimes to just do one segment instead of the whole trail.
The hiking trail descriptions below will give you an idea of the type of landscapes, nature, and other cultural, food or wine experiences you might have along the way.
Best Time to Hike in Moldova
Moldova’s location and climate in southeastern Europe makes it pleasant to hike for most of the year. Summer is the most popular time to hike in Moldova as the days are long and warm with lots of sunshine. However, hiking in Moldova during the springtime from late April – early June is especially nice for seeing wildflowers and for cooler temperatures. Autumn (September – October) is another ideal time to hike in Moldova to view the changing colors of the leaves in the forests and in the vineyards.
If you want a winter adventure then we welcome you to enjoy our hiking trails with a layer of snow and in the crisp cold.
Accommodation, Food and Transport Services Along Hiking Trails
The featured Moldovan hiking trails on this page have food options on the trail or near the trailhead. Most have accommodation available nearby so you can spend the night before or after your hike. Many trails also have public transport services at the trailheads (start/end points), but some may require private transportation or a transfer.
Details regarding transportation as well as local guest houses, campsites and wineries that offer accommodation and hearty traditional Moldovan food are included in each hiking guide.
Finding a Hiking Guide in Moldova
The hiking trails below have been fully marked with signs and we also offer digital tracks so that you don’t get lost. However, if you would prefer to go hiking in Moldova with a guide we recommend you contact a local tour operator or find a local guide specializing in hiking and outdoor activities.
What to Take With You Hiking in Moldova
If you plan to do a day hike we recommend you carry a small daypack with enough water and snacks for the day. Not all hiking trails have places to buy food and water along the way. Sunscreen is important too, especially in the summer months.
If you plan to do a multi-day hike, we recommend that you leave your luggage at the accommodation at the route starting point (or in Chisinau) and just take a small backpack with you with only the essentials (e.g., water bottle, toothbrush, change of clothes). The accommodation along the route will provide you with a hearty home-cooked meal and everything else you might need for a comfortable sleep.
Recommended Hiking Trails in Moldova
Each recommended Moldova hiking trail below is linked to a detailed hiking guide with all the information you need to choose the right hike based on your interest and time. In addition to all the details on what you’ll see and experience on each hiking trail in terms of landscapes and stops at cultural and historical sites, you’ll also find all of the logistical information you need to easily plan your hike in Moldova.