Moldova Quick Guide

Moldova is a small landlocked country located in Eastern Europe. It shares its borders with Georgia, Ukraine and Turkey. Moldova is composed of numerous small townships, known as seaports, that are separated by bridges and canals. Because Moldova is a former Soviet republic, many of its people speak Russian.

A Moldova travel guide can show you the best ways to go around the country. The country's capital, Chisinau, has an amazing history. On the west bank of the river Chisinau flows the largest river in Moldova. The town is a perfect place for a walk along the river, so it makes an excellent place to begin your journey across the eastern Europe.

From the town center, you can go on to Obnove, where you can find a plethora of historical sites. The Roman Empire used to control Moldova until the German invasion of Ukraine in 1990. When the Germans left the region, many monuments were torn down or destroyed. You will also find Moldova's biggest national park, the Orbus Speciali Della Pigna. This nature reserve houses a rich fauna and flora, which are protected from global warming.

After visiting Obnove, you should visit the Soviet union buildings. These buildings have been erected to remind people of Moldova's historical connections with the Soviet union. The Moldova guide can give you a great insight into what is going on in the region at the moment.

It's true that Moldova may not be able to beat the wine markets but don't let that fool you, because this area is home to some excellent vineyards too. One of Moldova's most famous wineries is Saint Nicholas, which is found in the ancient village of Oktyabria. The wine is made from an assortment of grapes including feuille, Riesling and even a Chenin Blanc grape. If you are a lover of white wine, then you will truly enjoy the wine from Saint Nicholas.

If you love wine and touring, then you will love touring Moldova's capital of Mihailo-Gorce. The Moldovans are very proud of their country's wine and the town of Mihailo-Gorce is a must-see for wine lovers. The Moldova travel guide will show you all the historical and modern facets of Moldova and this part of Europe is chock full of great architecture. Just a few of the buildings you will find include the Cathedral of St. Phillips and the Grand Clinic.

You should also spend some time in Transnistria. Transnistria is considered as a backwards region of Moldova. This is because the Moldovans here have a completely different cultural history than the rest of the country. However, they are still very proud of their history and craft of wine and it shows in the quality of their wines. If you are in the market for some Transnistrian wine, the best place to find them is online.

No matter where you travel within Moldova you need to make sure that your hotel is clean and that there is a friendly staff at all times. When you come into Moldova, you will want to rent a car so that you can explore some of the historic sites including the Golden Square, the National Museum, or the Town of Piatra. There are many activities that you can participate in while visiting Moldova. You can go horseback riding, relax on one of the many beaches that are dotted throughout Moldova, or participate in some exciting gold mining. For all of these fun activities you will want to purchase your Moldova travel insurance before you leave for your trip. You may be able to purchase your Moldova travel insurance at any of the major Moldova travel agents.

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Moldova are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The best time to visit Moldova is April or May as it's not too hot and the countryside is abound with colour, perfect for walkers and bird watchers.

Do I need a Visa?

Visas are no longer required to enter Moldova if your stay is under 90 days. For all other types of travel, contact the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in London. As a visitor you are allowed to spend no more than 90 days in any six months period in Moldova.

See which forms you may need for entry into Moldova.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Moldova is the Moldovan Leu (MDL). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Moldova you can grab amazing Moldovan Leu deals via (GBP to MDL).

What about the wildlife?

The animal life of Moldova is rich, despite the republic's small size. Mammals include wild boar, wolves, badgers, wildcats, ermines, martins, and polecats. Roe deer, hare, foxes, and muskrat are of commercial importance.

What is the traditional food?

Romanian food? Mamaliga: the real national dish of Moldova.

What Languages are spoken?

The official state language of Moldova is Romanian which is the native language of 82.2% of the population; it is also spoken as a primary language by other ethnic minorities. Gagauz, Russian, and Ukrainian languages are granted official regional status in Gagauzia and/or Transnistria. You can learn some basic Romanian before you travel to Moldova and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Moldova is the Moldovan Leu (Tipping is becoming increasingly common in Moldova, and is now expected in all restaurants and bars. A service charge is often included in restaurant bills but a further 5 to 10 percent tip is expected. Though it is not always necessary to tip them, taxi drivers can be rewarded for good service.).

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Useful Numbers

  • Police: 112
  • Ambulance: 112
  • Fire: 112
  • UK Embassy: (+373) 22 225 902

Time Difference

The GMT time difference is 2 hours

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