MOLDOVA

This page collects all the Travel Stories from Moldova by Besides the Obvious

We really enjoyed our visit in Moldova. Starting from the historical capital, Chișinău all the way to the territory of Transnistria. If you have any further recommendations, on what else to visit in Moldova, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Moldova officially the Republic of Moldova (Romanian: Republica Moldova), is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south. Additionally, the unrecognised state of Transnistria lies across the Dniester on the country’s eastern border with Ukraine.

As you might know our mission is to share something relevant, something authentic, something real, something cool, something interesting, something personal & something different, via our travel stories & images. We are focusing on ideas from local sources, giving tips that are usually unknown for travelers and foreigners. Guides to secret places which only the guy from the given neighborhood could know about, to the hidden picturesque view, with recommending everything besides the obvious. The local real feel, the adventure of discovering the unknown. The culinary guide to the meals that locals are really cooking and eating at home, and much more. Hope you will read our Travel Stories from Moldova, feel inspired and enjoy the journey, as much as we do!

Useful information about Moldova
Where is Moldova?

Moldova is a country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the rest of the directions. 

What is the capital of Moldova?

The capital of Moldova is Chișinău.

What are the languages of Moldova?

The major languages of Moldova are Moldovan (55%), Romanian (24%), Russian (15%), Gagauz (3%) and Ukrainian (3%).

What are the religions of Moldova?

The major religions of Moldova are Ortodox (94%) and Protestants (2%)

What are the best places to visit in Moldova?

The best places to visit in Moldova are Chișinău, Mileștii Mici, Cricova and Tiraspol (Transnistria).

Is Moldova safe?

Small crime is spreading in Moldova. There are pickpockets who target tourists. Sometimes robbers can be violent so it is better not to be alone late outside in the dark. Underground economy and women traffic are serious problems in Moldova but very rarely could affect tourists. 

Is Transnistria a country?

No, Transnistria is not an official country. Transnistria is a breakaway state that is still a part of Moldova according to the International community. Nevertheless, there is a proper border to get in and the region functions as a proper state de facto actually. Transnistria has its own government, laws and currency. You should learn about their laws and get their currency to be able to spend some time inside. 

Is Transnistria safe for tourists?

Yes, Transnsitria is normally reasonably safe for tourists. It used to be 100% safe for visitors but unfortunately, due to the war in Ukraine and since the territory is clearly Russia supporter, the safety conditions of the country are not as stable as they used to be. 

When is the best period to visit Moldova? 

The best period to visit Moldova is Spring and Autumn. Nevertheless, all year long is a good period to visit Moldova. Winters are mild and summers are long, warm and dry. 

Travel Stories from Moldova

Gastronomy of Moldova – What to eat in Chișinău?

We have spent only a long weekend in Moldova. So we didn’t have enough time to discover all the local dishes. But some of them we tried and we have been in nice restaurants too. Hence we decided to include them into this article and share as our favourites in Chișinău. So let’s see what to eat in Moldova!

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