Just to get started- you won’t be able to find Bucovina when looking on a Romanian map. Being a historic region, Bucovina is situated in the North-Eastern part of Romania, which comprises a 10.441 km² territory of 12 Romanian and 7 Ukrainian towns. The name is coming from the Slavic term ”buk”, which means ”beech” and there is where the ”Land of beech trees” appellation is coming.
In defiance of all the political conflicts that happened in the region during its time, Bucovina managed to conserve its aesthetical treasures throughout the time, including picturesque villages where traditions lie for generations, magical views and landscapes, and interesting to discover touristic objectives. The good part is that the beauties Bucovina has to offer are not just aesthetic, but incorporate the wishes of any human soul. Let’s get some of them on the list:
People from this region are just not living in the rapidly changing 21 century. Here, you will find habits and practices specific for distant times, such as individual agricultural work, as people are plowing their land with old fashioned tools, wooden traditional barns, peasant old houses, and people with an unimaginably pure hearth. Even the roads capture the Romanian medieval vibe perfectly, as they look dusty and smell like fresh grass. Even the decorations are traditional, as people still use vintage furniture in a unique style and Slavic rugs hanging on the walls.
Throughout time, the main occupation of the Bucovinean people was wooden extraction and manufacturing. In that sense, Bucovinean people are experts when it comes to crafting wooden objects such as pots, cutlery, wall clocks, or other decorations. More than that, another craft that bucovineans are mastering is pottery. You can find local pottery workshops where you can see an artist performing or even teaching how to potter.
Food and cuisine
Being such a traditional place to be, the food you will find in the region is something you can not find anywhere in the world. House specialty is sour cream, as all the preparations are containing this ingredient. However, the food is incredibly tasty and unique, as all the ingredients are coming from local production and are 100% bio.
Some specialties include lamb tripe, a delicious lamb recipe, the pork stew, or Radauteana Soup, made with meat and sour cream. Try finding locally owned guesthouses where everything is home-cooked.
Monasteries and painted churches
One of the main attractions of the region, most of the churches and Monasteries from Bucovina were built around the 15th and 16th centuries and were kept in very good conditions until these days. A good part of them was built during the reign of Stephan the Great, a Moldavian voivode which used to build a church or monastery every time he won a battle against the Ottoman Empire. This is the case of Voronet Monastery, a monarchial complex surnamed ”The Sixtina Capital of the East”. The edifice was built in just around 3 months, an absolute record for that time. The paintings are just unbelievable, as all the faces and scenes painted on the walls seem to be alive. Absolute astonishing about this structure is the absolute unique shade of blue used for the paintings, recognized as ”the Voronet Blue”
Along with the Voronet Monastery, another 7 churches were listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1993, each one with its beauties and story to be discovered.
Mountain views and hiking
The mountain vibe is what characterizes all the traditions and practices of people from Bucovina. Living in such a perfect symbiosis, people managed to take the best from the natural environment and exploited it by turning mountain places into several tourist attractions. In that sense, you will be able to find mountain routes with amazing views for hiking all over the region.
If you are thirsty to explore the mountain miracles but you not really into hiking, do not worry! Bucovina has solutions for everybody: you can explore it through Mocanita, a vintage steam train that specially designated for tourists that will take you to an unforgettable trip through the magical land of Bucovinean mountains. For the hikers, the go-to route we recommend is called Transrarau and is a 28 km mountain hiking route revealing the most incredible landscapes Bucovina has to offer.
Lovers of the extreme sport can visit the longest zipline in Romania, named Palma. The installation is1.1 km long and suspended at 100m altitude, which makes it great if you really want to test your limits. Another way of enjoying these types of activities is attending the ”Hard Enduro Bucovina”, on offroad motorcycling competition held annually.