Vegan Romania

Romania is a southeastern European country known for the forested region of Transylvania, ringed by the Carpathian Mountains. Its preserved medieval towns include Sighişoara, and there are many fortified churches and castles, notably clifftop Bran Castle, long associated with the Dracula legend. Bucharest, the country’s capital, is the site of the gigantic, Communist-era Palatul Parlamentului government building.

Tours in Romania

There are four parts of Romania to explore:

  • Bucharest in the south is the capital

  • Transylvania in central Romania to the follow the Dracular trail

  • Carpathian mountains in the north for great hiking

  • The Danube valley in the south east is the best place to observe nature.

See our list of Top Sights and When to to

Vegan Tours

Follow the steps of Harker in search of count Dracula

This is a unique chance to discover Romania’s dark history on a cultural tour which tells Dracula’s tale through live performances, such as the Ritual of Killing the Living Dead, and gives travellers the chance to experience live re-enactments that are based on fact rather than fictional horror stories.

This is also an excellent means of discovering the rural lifestyles, undulating landscapes and medieval castles of central Romania with charming guesthouses within traditional Transylvanian villages letting you step back in time and experience life far from the tourist hot spots.

Every day spent in Romania’s Transylvania region is a history lesson. Craft guilds, counts, religious reformations, sieges, great fires, ancient trading routes—there are so many myths, legends and narratives wrapped up in this part of Romania.


Bucharest | Snagov Monastery | Targoviste | Sinaia | Poiana Brasov | Bran Castle | Sighisoara | Sighisoara Medieval Citadel | Birth and death place of Vlad the Impaler | Dracula's coffin | Dracula's Castle in Borgo Pass | Bistrita | Bistrita Citadel | Cluj | Turda | Sibiu

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Vegan Romania

How vegan friendly is Romania?

Romania is a vegan paradise. At first this may not seem obvious as you need to understand the tradition and the influence of the Eastern Orthodox church. They advocate periods of fasting which means abstaining from meat and all other products of animal origin. This practise dates back to the 13th century when the monasteries consolidated the fasting calendar and advocated an essentially vegan diet. This practice continues to this day and a large percentage of the Romanian Orthodox church goers (over 80% of the population) fasting for more than 200 days every year.

There are four main fasting periods during the ecclesiastical calendar:

  • the 40 days of the Great Lent before Easter

  • the fast of the Apostles Peter and Paul from the Monday following All Saints Sunday until the day of the Saints on June 29

  • from August 1 to 14, before the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God on August 15

  • and the 40 days of the Nativity Fast before Christmas.

In addition to these fasting periods, Eastern Orthodox practitioners fast on Wednesdays, to commemorate the day when Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ, and on Fridays to remember the day of His Crucifixion.

Many restaurants will be able to provide “fasting” foods, or, in Romanian, “de post.”

Vegan restaurants and cafes

As well as good vegan restaurants in the major cities Bucharest, Brasov, Sibiu, Timisoara, and Cluj, there are ways to stay vegan when out in the countryside. There is a lot of agritourism farms and pensions accommodating tourists offer homemade food, which is prepared to your request. Much of the agriculture is organic, with great farmers markets. Another option for vegans is to visit a local monastery, where "de post" is readily available. Airbnbs are also a great option, and are generally excellent kitchen facilities. See more here...