Moldova's capital city Chişinău dates back six centuries to 1420 and is home to a plethora of parks, street festivals, and off-sidewalk cafes where you can enjoy a drink and watch the world go by. A dozen superb wineries are within a 90-minute drive of Chişinău, and the super-central location puts the entire country within a day trip. Throw in a hip and happening nightlife, and Chisinau ticks off all the boxes for an ideal weekend break.
Airline: FLYONE Flying from Summer 2019
Currency: Moldovan leu (MDL)
Journey Time: 3hr 00m
Time Difference: UTC+2 (EET)
Summer (DST): UTC+3 (EEST)
Top 3 Picks
Whilst you are in Chişinău, make the most of your stay and check out our top 3 things to do and see!
Valea Morilor Park
Wander just 10 minutes from Chișinău’s bustling city centre and you’ll feel like you’re a world away. Valea Morilor Park – said to be the brain child of Leonid Brezhnev, the Former General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union – was originally conceived in the 1950s. But you can leave your preconceptions of Soviet architecture with that little bit of water you didn’t finish by the time you got to security, because this park is seriously bucolic and with its neo-classical follies, is quite possibly one of the prettiest places in the entire country. Ideal if you want to dip out of city life for an afternoon, you can see locals living their best park life, running, fishing, kayaking and feeding the ducks. While its impressive water feature is as good a place as any for a bit of romantic-sunset-viewing or, if you’re feeling less schmaltzy, you can instead take a dip and swim some lazy laps.
Moldova’s proud wine-making industry goes back thousands of years, so it should come as little surprise that less than half-an-hour by car from Chișinău proper is the world’s largest wine cellar. On a scale that would make even Bacchus happy, this veritable city of wine is so massive that it has roads – named after different grape varieties, natch – which are large enough for two lanes of, presumably rather wobbly, traffic. This underground booze city stretches over 150 miles and comes complete with its own tasting room. The only thing left to do is play rock, paper, scissors and work out who is the DD.
Who needs a boring old Starbucks when you have Coffee Molka? Not just there to provide you with a caffeine fix, the owners of this quirky little venue are proper Turkish Coffee aficionados and will serve up your morning cup of joe with a side of traditional lokum (from sort-of-nearby Turkey). And as it doubles up as a coffee museum, packed with antique grinders and presses, it’ll also give you a strong hit of nerdy coffee factoids that you can bore your friends with when you get home, while also playing regular host to local live music acts, too.
Moldova’s internet connection is faster than that in Norway’s the U.S.A’s and that of another 150 countries.
According to the UN World Tourism Organisation, only 121,000 foreigners visited in 2016. That makes Moldova the least visited country in Europe and therefore the place that you’re least likely to stumble upon a burnt and bawdy Brit abroad.
Chişinău plays host to an annual wine festival that’s been going for the past fifteen years. Visit during the first weekend of October and get sozzled with the locals as a shuttle bus ferries you between different wineries.
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