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Welcome to Moldova

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Down in the village of Butuceni is an archaeological complex, Orheiul Vechi and is the country´s most important historical site. This beautiful place occupies a remote rocky track over the Raut River and is especially known for its Cave Monastery. Apart from the monastery  you will also be able to see baths, fortifications, and ruins ranging from the earliest days of the Dacian tribes. If you book now with JiveHippo.travel, you will be able to find out more of the amazing history, ruins and beautiful sites that this village has to offer.

If you are visiting the city of Chisinau, then you will be able to see the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc dates back to the 1840s and marks the center of the city. It is often draped with a Moldovian flag in the middle and was built to commemorate the victory of the Russian army over the Ottoman Empire. Opposite the Arc de Triomphe you will see the Government House. The Government House is known for its Soviet-style architecture.

if you would like a relaxing walk, with some beautiful scenery and people watching, then visit the Parcul Cateralei & Gradina Publica Stefan cel Mare si Sfint. This is a park which is located right in the middle of Chisinau and has some amazing highlights such as, the Nativity of Christ Metropolitan Cathedral and its beautiful bell tower. The Holy Gates are marked at the entrance of the park and on the northwestern side of the park you will find a vibrant Flower Market.

Climate

With hot, long summers and short, mild winters, the weather in Moldova is very continental.

Moldova is known as "the sunny land" as it has around 240 sunny days through the year. 

May and July are known to be the hottest months of the year with temperatures of around 21.4ºC.

January is known to be the coldest month, and the temperature averages -3.5ºC.

Getting Around

The local train station is located in the city center and each days there are straight routes in all different regions of Moldova.

You will be able to find three different bus stations in the city of Chisinau and have good links to all of the towns and villages for inside the country and to other countries.

In the city you will be able to get around easily with the different types of transport such as, taxis, buses, trolleybuses and even minibuses. 

The fares for public transport and generally cheap and are paid directly to the driver. 

Health

Be aware that the medical care in Moldova is below that in the UK, you will need to make sure that you have travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the costs of any medical treatment that may be needed.

Do not drink form the taps, only drink water from sealed bottles.

Language

The official language in Moldova is Romanian and is spoken by 76%of the population. 

Many people will say that their language is Moldovan, but this is just another way to say Romanian. the people that say their language is Moldovan are making a point about the culture between Moldova and Romania.

Money

The most widely accepted currency is the US Dollar (USD) and the Euro (€). 

Be aware that Moldova is mainly a cash-driven country, so you may not always be able to pay by card.

When paying by cash, you will have to make sure that your notes are in perfect condition, or they may not be accepted. 

Anything outside of Chisinau will no accept chip and pin cards.

Safety

Mainly in the area of Chisinau, you will find street crime and petty theft. Whilst in crowded city areas be aware of bag snatchers and pick pockets. 

No visitors genuinely experience difficulties, but there have been stores of visitors of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent have reported being stared at, verbally abused and denied entrance to clubs and restaurants as well as sometimes being harassed by the police.

Time

Moldova is under the Eastern European Time Zone (UTC+02:00).

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