October is fall in Romania. Temperatures are mild and rainfall is low. The average October temperature range throughout the country is between 42° and 64°F (6° and 18°C), which is a comfortable temperature for general sightseeing in the towns and cities. The fall colors are on full display in October, and autumn harvest festivals make this an interesting month to travel to Romania.
Crowds & Costs
October is the start of the low season in Romania, which extends through fall, winter, and into early spring. You can get some good deals on flights and accommodation at this time, as few people will be flocking to the beach resorts of the Romanian Riviera as they do in summer. Romania is always a good-value destination, especially compared to some other parts of Europe, but if you're looking for a good balance between fair weather and lower prices, October is a decent time to visit the country.
Where to Go
Rural areas of Romania come into their own in fall, with the golden glow of turning leaves and traditional festivals celebrating the harvest. Base yourself in the Transylvanian city of Cluj-Napoca, one of Romania's largest cities, for a few days to explore the region. Small villages near the city, such as Sancraiu, host interesting and varied harvest festivals in October. Take part in the centuries-old Grape Harvest Festival in early October, which includes a parade through town and plenty of folk music and dancing. Later in October, the same small town hosts the Rosehip Festival, which shows the region's Hungarian-influenced culture.
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What to Do
With comfortable temperatures and little rain, October is a good time to enjoy general sightseeing in Romania, particularly in smaller towns and villages where you can spend time both indoors and outdoors.
The Bucovina region of northeastern Romania is a highlight for travelers interested in culture, art, history, and architecture. The incredible painted monasteries and churches of this region are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many churches are concentrated in the city of Suceava. Another place with fantastic religious architecture is Maramures, in northern Romania, which has magnificent wooden churches, houses, and carved gates.
Events in October
Astra Film Festival, Sibiu. Documentary films from all over the world are shown over a week in mid-October.
Plum Brandy Festival, Vălenii de Munte. The small southern town hosts a big plum brandy festival at the end of October, where producers of the liquor from all over Romania gather.
Traveling to Romania in October? Check out these great itineraries
The Villages of Romania's Bucovina and Maramures - 9 Days. Step back in time and immerse yourself in bygone rural traditions on this 9-day tour of the Bucovina and Maramures villages, two regions that have carefully preserved their heritage.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Romania & Bulgaria - 15 Days. Romania and Bulgaria are home to a range of historic sites that have been honored as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This 15-day itinerary takes you to see many of them, starting in Romania.
Discover Medieval Romania - 6 Days. Discover medieval architecture and modern culture in Romanian as you travel by train around the country.