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Mioveni Travel Guide, Romania

Mioveni, Travel guide – Location

Mioveni is located in the centre of the Arges County, 93 mioles from Satu Mare and 68 miles away from the capital, Bucharest.

Mioveni, Travel guide – Geography

The city is set in the geographical unit called Getica Basin and has a captivating contrasting landscape between the hilly areas and the numerous green valleys.

The climate is temperate continental, milder due to its location and without strong winds. The annual average temperatures are between 9 and 11°C, with about -2°C in January and 28°C in July. The precipitations are abundant especially in spring and winter between 600mm and 700mm annually.

The city’s diverse topography is sculpted by three small rivers crossing it: Doamnei River, Targului River and Argesel River.

Mioveni, Travel guide – Flora and Fauna

The local flora and fauna is typical for the temperate climate and hilly topography. The valleys are populated with species of poplar, alder, willows and the higher places are mostly cultivated with fruit trees and vines. Fauna is in strong connection with vegetation and topography and is characterized by the presence of the hare, fox, ground squirrels and more. Birds are also present here and can be admired on the banks of the rivers and streams as well as at the periphery of the city where human activity is less present and green areas are larger.

The waters or the Argesel River and other streams abounds in fish especially carp, barbell, pickerel, bream and more.

Mioveni, Travel guide – Transport

Mioveni is a very accessible city being located strategically at the DN 73, a national road connecting the city with Pitesti and other important Romanian cities. There is no local airport here but there are plans of building one in the nearest future to create better connections with Bucharest and the rest of the Europe. Until then the nearest airport is located in the capital city Bucharest, the Henri Coanda International Airport, and transfer can be made by bus, train or car.

Within the city public transportation is available, mainly bus regular routes and taxis, offering good connections between different parts of the town and perfect for tourists visiting the city.

Mioveni, Travel guide – Population and Economy

The last census from 2002 indicated a population of about 35.000 inhabitants in Mioveni. Local economic changes from the last few years determined a negative migration of the population to their native towns leaving the city with an even smaller number of inhabitants. The city’s economy has a strong industrial character due to the presence of an important investor in the automotive industry. Mioveni is a preponderant industrial town with the automotive and nuclear power as main domains of activity. The city houses the main automotive plant in Romania and also a Nuclear Fuel Factory, institutions employing a large number of locals.

Because there are no important land surfaces for agriculture, the plants cultivated here are vegetables, fruit trees and small areas cultivated with cereals used mainly for livestock.

Mioveni, Travel guide – Cuisine

The traditional cuisine in Mioveni like the Oltenian one, the region where Mioveni is located, is one of the most appreciated in Romania, partly for its flavors and the way it is prepared. Many locals use a great deal of green vegetables like leek, nettle, lettuce, dock and more. Soups are sour, taste given by the pickled cabbage or tomato juice. They prefer chicken or vegetables soup, dishes based on pork meat, fish and rarely on veal or game. One of the most popular dish here is called “stuffed lobsters”, but without lobsters but red sweet peppers. The filling is made of dough with herbs and spices, minced meat or rice, then cooked in a hot oven and served plain or with sauce. The favorite spices here are the horseradish, hot peppers and herbs like parsley. Any Mioveni travel guide would surely mention the cheese dumplings soup, leek soup, leek and olives, stuffed tomatoes, rice, chicken stew and polenta and many more. As for the traditional spirits we must mention the “tuica”, which is usually made of fermented fruits, and local wine.

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