February is mid-winter in Romania. The country is broadly divided into three climatic zones: the area west of the Carpathian Mountains, with milder winters; the eastern region, with very cold winters; and the coastal Black Sea region, with a more Mediterranean climate and mild winters. Overall, the average temperature range in Romania in February is between 26° and 39°F (-3° and 4°C), with low rainfall and slightly warmer temperatures than in January. However, much colder temperatures aren't uncommon, and icy winds from Russia add to the chill.
Crowds & Costs
February is the low season for travel to Romania, as is the whole of winter. Most foreign travelers visit in the warmer summer months. Prices are lower in February and you won't encounter any crowds, except possibly at the most popular ski resorts. Even the ski resorts are generally less crowded (and smaller) than those in western and central Europe.
Where to Go
To enjoy a city break, head to the capital, Bucharest. Located in the south of the country, the winter climate here isn't as cold as in some parts of Romania. Tour the museums and landmarks of Bucharest, including the astonishing Ceaușescu-era Parliamentary Palace, and dine at the city's top-notch Romanian and international restaurants. Take day trips to Brasov and the infamous Dracula's Castle, really called Bran Castle.
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What to Do
Ski in the Carpathian Mountains, which snake through central and northern Romania. Poiana Brasov, near Brasov, is one of the most popular and luxurious ski resorts in Romania, and has been voted one of the most affordable ski resorts in Europe. It contains a 14-mile (23-km) ski and snowboarding slope. Other ski resorts include Straja, Sinaia, and Predeal.
Events in February
Martisor. Although this tradition falls on March 1st, fairs are set up around the country in the lead-up to the day. Women are presented with small red and white cords, which they wear pinned to their clothes for the whole of March. The tradition is said to date back more than 8,000 years and marks the beginning of spring.
Traveling to Romania in February? Check out these great itineraries
Discover Medieval Romania - 6 Days. Discover medieval architecture and modern culture in Romanian as you travel by train around the country on this 6-day itinerary.
Medieval History & Regional Cuisine in Romania - 5 Days. This unique 5-day tour highlights three of the best things about Romania: castles, medieval cities, and food.
Dracula's Bran Castle - Day Trip. Lovers of folklore and fairy tales shouldn't miss this day trip to Bran Castle in Transylvania, known for its links to the legend of Dracula.