Craiova Travel Guide, Romania
Craiova, Travel guide- Location
Craiova is the 6th largest city of Romania and the capital of Dolj County. It is located near the east bank of the Jiu River, in the center of Oltenia region. Satu Mare and Bucharest are some of the most important cities close by.
Craiova, Travel guide-Geography
Craiova is set in a flat area, with the elevation between 75 and 116 meters. On the North side you can observe a light influence of the Subcarpathians, while in the South the relief tends to descend towards the meadow of Danube.
The city is situated in a temperate-continental zone, with four seasons. Due to the position of the city, in a lower zone from the South-West of the country, you can feel the sub-Mediterranean influence. The average temperature is between 10-11.5 degrees Celsius, and precipitation is less than in the rest of the region.
The hydrographic network of the city is supplied with water from the Jiu River through the purification stations.
Craiova, Travel guide – Flora and Fauna
Craiova, this important center of Dolj County has a green and shady oasis, a place still unblemished, the Romanescu Park. This is a beautiful place and once you enter you will get into a realm of story, with a spellbound castle unimpaired by time or people and a stream that leads you all the way through the park. You can meet all sorts of animals, trees or flowers, but you could also meet acclimatized flora or fauna. The zoo is also situated in this park it, and there is the botanic garden in the vicinity.
Craiova, Travel guide – Transport
From different Craiova travel guides you will find out that there are all kinds of means of transport: from bicycles to airplanes. The city has an airport with national and international routes. Craiova is also a big railway center that is connected to all other big Romanian cities, but not only. It connects the city to the villages from the county.
Public transport consists of 3 trolley tram lines and 17 bus lines that are owned by the City Hall. A ticket is around 0.5 Euros.
You can also take a cab which it is very cheap. Usually, you don’t have to pay more than 2-3 Euros (about 0.3 Euros/km).
Craiova, Travel guide – Population and Economy
Craiova has a population of 305,000 people, but it is rising thanks to the local authorities and their will to expand the city. The local industry began increasing after the revolution period as well as banking, insurance, telecommunication services. The number of jobs has increased due to the development of industry.
Craiova is also an important educational center, harboring numerous vocational schools, the University of Craiova, The University of Medicine and Pharmacy.
The dominating religion is Orthodox followed by the Protestant one.
Craiova has connections with a lot of cities from all around Europe, for example Kuopio (Finland), Nanterre, Lyon (France) or Uppsala (Sweden).
Craiova, Travel guide – Cuisine
Craiova’s cuisine is one of the most looked for cuisines. The main ingredients used are pork and fish, and rarely beef or game. They also use vegetables and a lot of cheese.
A traditional dish that you can find in Craiova’s restaurants is “filled crawfish”. This isn’t real crawfish, but green pepper filled with onion and spices or meat.
A first class desert typical for this area is “papanasi”. They are dumplings filled with prunes, covered with sour cream and jam.
When it comes to drinks, locals prefer “tuica”, which is an alcoholic drink made from fruits, and wine. At the beginning of the meal they drink coffee and “tuica”, and at between dishes they drink wine and beer.
In Craiova one can find all kinds of restaurants: from the traditional ones, to the ones that specialize in international cuisine.
If someone would like to experience something unusual and pleasant, he should definitely start with a restaurant from this area. We assure you that, you won’t regret or forget that experience!
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