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Cheap Flights, Holidays and  City Breaks to Bucharest, Romania from Ireland

Are you looking to get away from visiting the usual holiday destinations? If you are, the capital city of Romania, Bucharest should be high up on your to-see-list, and we can offer cheap flights, holidays and city breaks to Bucharest from Ireland all-year round at the lowest available rates.

Bucharest is Romania’s largest city and it is located in the southeast of the country on the banks of the Dâmbovita River, which flows into the Argeş River, which is a tributary of the Danube.

On your holidays to Bucharest, visits the city centre where you will find a mixture of medieval, neo-classical and art Nouveau buildings as well as neo-Romanian buildings, which date from the beginning of the 20th Century and a collection of modern buildings from the 1920’s and the 1930’s. The mostly utilitarian Communist-era architecture dominates most southern boroughs of the Romanian capital.

According to Romanian legend, Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by Bucur, by a shepherd whose name literally means ‘’joy.’’ His magical flute playing dazzled the people and his hearty wine endeared local traders to him.  It is local traders who named this place after him.

Bucharest as a holiday destination is well known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, its stunning Belle Époque buildings and it has a reputation for the high life. Today, Bucharest is a bustling metropolis so call us today about our cheap flights, holidays and city breaks from Ireland. 

The Romanian capital has a growing cultural scene, unlike other parts of the country, including the Black Sea coast or Transylvania. Bucharest’s is a city that has no defined style, and instead it incorporates elements of Romanian and international culture.

The city became the capital of Romania in 1862 and it is the centre of Romanian media, culture and art. The architecture of Bucharest is a mix of neo-classical, Bauhaus and art Deco, Communist-era and modern. In between the World Wars, Bucharest’s elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned the Romanian capital the nickname of ‘’Little Paris.’’

Even though buildings and local districts in the city’s historic centre were damaged and destroyed by war, earthquakes and Nicolae Ceausescu’s programme of systematisation, many survived. In recent years, however, Bucharest has been experiencing an economic and cultural boom.

Economically speaking, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and it is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of Eastern Europe.

There are so many things to see and to enjoy during your holiday to Bucharest. Calea Victoriei (Victory Avenue) is Bucharest’s oldest and arguably most charming street, so check out our great deals on flights, holidays and city breaks to Bucharest from Ireland at affordable fares. It was built in 1692 in order to link the Old Princely Court to Mogosoaia Palace.  Since the two World Wars,  Calea Victoriei has become one of Bucharest’s most fashionable streets.

After visiting Calea Victoriei, make your way to the Arch of Triumph. The Arch of Triumph was initially built of wood in 1922, in order to honour the bravery of Romanian soldiers who fought in the First World War. Bucharest’s eye-catching Arch of Triumph was completed in Deva granite in 1936. You will find an interior staircase, which allows visitors to climb to the top of the arc for a panoramic view of the city of Bucharest.

Why don’t you stroll along this street from Piata Victoriei to Piata Natiunilor Unite where you will be able to discover some of Bucharest’s most stunning buildings, including Revolution Square, the National History Museum and Cantacuzino Palace.

A trip to Revolution Square (Piata Revolutiei) should be on the cards for all history enthusiasts. This square in the heart of Bucharest gained worldwide notoriety in 1989 when Nicolae Ceausescu’s final moments in power were broadcast around the entire world. One the 21st December 1989, it was here at Revolution Square that Ceausescu stared blankly and in disbelief from the balcony of the former Communist Party Headquarters, at the large numbers of people who had gathered in the square below to see him out of power. Ceausescu fled along with his wife, but they were caught a number of hours later.

You will find the former Royal Palace on the far side of the square, which is now the home of the National Art Museum, the historic Athenee Palace Hotel and the magnificent Romanian Athenaeum.

After the Second World War, the Romanian capital became the capital of Greater Romania. During the inter-war years, Bucharest witnessed continued development, with the city gaining an average 30,000 new residents each year. Some of the city’s main landmarks were built in this period, including Arcul de Triumf and Palatul Telefanelor.

The Romanian capital is a city where you will be able to explore the magnificent Bucharest attractions and enjoy all that the Carpathian Garden that is Bucharest, has to offer.

If you’d like to visit other parts of Romania, we can offer cheap Cluj-Napoca flights and holidays, or you could plan a Budapest holiday during your stay in Bucharest.

For cheap flights, holidays and city breaks to Bucharest from Dublin, Cork or Shannon, call us today.


Information & Facts

Activities

Tour Calea Victoriei

Bucharest City Tour

Bucharest Walking Tour

Cycling Tour Bucharest

Climate

Bucharest has a transitional climate, with both continental and subtropical influences.  Due to its position on the Romanian Plain, the city's winters can get windy, even though some of the winds are mitigated due to urbanisation. Winter temperatures often dip below 0 °C, sometimes even to −20 °C. In the summer, the average temperature is 23 °C (the average for July and August). Temperatures frequently reach 35 °C to 40 °C in mid-summer in the city centre. Although average precipitation and humidity during summer are low, there are occasional heavy storms. During spring and autumn the daytime temperatures vary between 17 °C to 22 °C, and precipitation during this time tends to be higher than in summer, with more frequent yet milder periods of rain.

Eating Out

Romanian food is really quite good. Finding a good restaurant isn’t a problem in the Romanian capital. That is for sure. During your thorough inspection of this Eastern European city you will find that the city is packed with some wonderful restaurants, trendy little cafes, bustling bistros and lunchtime spots.

Getting Around

By subway

Bucharest's subway has been accused of being the nicest thing the city has to offer. New, modern, smooth and efficient, it's a pleasant ride despite being overcrowded. The metro system is also pretty simple and straightforward, so you should have little trouble sussing it out. You can even take it out to the airport. Tickets need to be bought in the underground stations and your options are as such: 2 rides for 2 lei or 10 rides for 7 lei (cheap!). Put your ticket in the slot, wait for it to come back out and off you go, but only until 23:00 when they stop running.

By bus and tram and trolley

Bucharest's buses are on par with the subway in terms of modernity and comfort, and for being terribly overcrowded. (Bad traffic generally make the subway a better option.) Most of the city centre is served by these sleek machines which unfortunately only run until about 23:00. Trams and trolleys on the other hand can be excruciatingly slow and antiquated, and likewise stop running by 23:00. In fact, there's really no reason to be on one. The ticketing system for all three is the same: buy a ticket from a nearby kiosk (most busstops should have one) and punch it in the onboard ticket punching machine. Tickets are cheap (1.10 lei); much cheaper than getting caught by one of the all-too-frequent ticket checks and resulting fine (40 lei).


By taxi

Bucharest cabbies are generally amiable and honest, providing you're employing the services of a professional company and not one of many profiteering privateers. Bucharest's bonafide cabs are all painted yellow and (should) have their prices posted on the door (generally about 2 lei/km or less). Call rather than flag one down and always make sure the metre is running before setting off. Taxis are a sound option, particularly after 23:00 when the buses and subway have stopped running. Many an endless night of drunken wandering in search of the bed we woke up in have been avoided by calling one.

Kids Attractions

Village Museum

The Peasant Museum

The Geology Museum

The Grigore Antipa Natural History Museum

Circus Globus

Bucharest Zoo

Funland Romania

Oraselul Copiilor

Aventura Parc

 

Language

Romanian

Money

Romanian Leu

Nightlife

Bucharest offers visitors a magical nightlife. There is something for everyone in this must see Romania city including trendy bars to Irish pubs, lounge clubs and jazz clubs.

Nor will you have to worry about wandering the streets late at night: Bucharest is an incredible safe city so you won’t have to worry about wandering the Bucharest streets late at night.

The Old Town and the district of Lipscani in Bucharest have been revived and it is usually packed with tourists and locals flocking to some of the many bars and cafes.

 

Shopping

The Old Town and the district of Lipscani in Bucharest have been revived and it is usually packed with tourists and locals flocking to some of the many bars and cafes.

Shopping is an enjoyable experience in Bucharest. Bucharest’s main shopping areas are the shopping centres and malls found throughout the Romanian capital as well as B-dul Magheru and increasingly Calea Victoriei.

There are plenty of stores where you will be able to buy souvenirs. If you are looking for some ideas for gifts, look no further.

Romanian Monopoly

You will be able to find Romanian Monopoly in the streets and districts of Bucharest (placing Primaverii in place of Mayfair). It can be bought for around 120.00 lei in good toy and book stores.

Romanian Folk Costumes and Souvenirs


Most of the handicraft shops in Bucharest sell some kind of Romanian Folk Costume, though the best places to find such items are in the museum shop at the National Peasant Museum.

All of the handicraft shops listed in this guide sell some kind of folk costume, though perhaps the best places to find such items is the museum shop of the National Peasant Museum.

Sightseeing

Calea Victoriei

Arch of Triumph

Revolution Square

Cantacuzino Palace

National History Museum

Royal Palace

Romanian Athenaeum

Bucharest Botanical Garden

Curtea Veche

Stavropoleos Monastery

National Military Museum

Cotroceni Palace

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Bucharest, the Little Paris

Romania's largest city, Bucharest is located in the southeast of the country on the banks of the Dâmbovita River, which flows into the Argeş River, which is a tributary of the Danube. Bucharest as is well-known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, its stunning Belle Époque buildings and it has a reputation for the high life. Today, Bucharest is a bustling metropolis, which everybody has to see. The Romanian capital has a growing cultural scene, including the Black Sea coast or Transylvania. The architecture of Bucharest is a mix of neo-classical, Bauhaus and art Deco, Communist-era and modern. In between the World Wars, Bucharest's elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned the Romanian capital the nickname of ''Little Paris.'' Club Travel -- Irish travel agents specialising in holidays and city breaks to Brussels and cheap flights. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+ for competitions, updates and last minute holiday deals to Brussels.

 

 

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