In our new Globe Trotter series, Viral Travel reviews all the best places to see, eat, and stay at, in every country of the world!
This week we visit: Moldova
Moldova is a rather small nation nestled between Romania and Ukraine in the Eastern Europe and was once part of the Soviet Union. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, it has struggled economically and it is still the poorest country in Europe. That being said, it is also a gorgeous little hidden gem and a place everyone should visit.
Chisinau is the Moldovan capital and the biggest city in the country. It is not exactly the most beautiful city in the world, but it is not without its charms, especially for someone who likes a bit of Soviet Era unnecessary grandeur. You should definitely check out the Opera House, the Presidential Palace, Nativity Cathedral and the Cathedral Park.
Soroca is a city on the very border with Ukraine and it started its life as a trading post of the Genoese. The stronghold which still stands in Soroca was erected in 1499 by Stephen the Great, a Moldavian prince. While there, you should also check out the Candle of Gratitude, a very important monument for the Moldavians.
Saharna Monastery is another place to visit while in Moldavia, one of the most important religious centers in the country where you can, according to a legend, see the footprint of St. Maria. You should also find your way to Ivancea, a small village very near the Cordil National Park, another great attraction.
Of course, no trip to Moldova would be complete without exploring the wine country and the rule here is that wherever you go, you will find some truly exceptional wines. Moldova produces some of Europe’s best wines that rival French and Italian wine production, which is not a small thing.