Buried deep inside the former Eastern Bloc, corralled from the sea by neighbouring countries, and strewn with rippling hills, Moldova remains out of sight and out of mind for most travellers. But for those adventures who live a little differently and like to get well off the beaten path, it’s a country that offers plenty to those who pass through.  Moldova shares much linguistically and culturally with its northern neighbour Romania, although it still has much to offer individually. Its most famous and precious output has to be that of wine, from its extensive vineyards. For a faster pace head to Chișinăufor ebullient nightlife. Then there are the rolling hills of lavender, with a long tradition for its harvest in the country, to the 13th-century monastic complex dug into the caves of Orheiul Vechi.

Top Recommendations

  • The sprawling Cathedral Park in the capital Chișinău
  • Caves dug by 13th-century monks at Orheiul Vechi Monastery Complex
  • Browse the world’s largest wine collect in over 200km of subterranean cellars at Milestii Mici
  • Savour a bottle of wine with the locals in one of Chișinău’s many bars and clubs

When to Visit

May through to September. The weather is warm and pleasant and the days are long and often filled with sunshine.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Chișinău.