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Moldova

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With the world's largest wine collection, a centuries-old monastery built inside of a mountain, and several fortresses from the Middle Ages, Moldova is one of Europe's best-kept secrets. The country is quite small in size, which is perfect for travelers who want to see as much as they can in a shorter time frame. Although the country has struggled financially since it gained its independence from the USSR, the country is filled with joyous and proud residents eager to show you everything their homeland has to offer. Oh, and did I mention there's a semi-autonomous nation inside of Moldova that the United Nations doesn't even recognize? Let's go!

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v. climate & weather

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MOLDOVA

Cricova

MOLDOVA

Old Orhei

moldova

Chișinău

MOLDOVA

Chișinău

Soroca

MOLDOVA

MOLDOVA

Tiraspol, Transnitria

MOLDOVA

Bender

MOLDOVA

Old Orhei

MOLDOVA

Cricova

MOLDOVA

Bender

MOLDOVA

Tiraspol, Transnitria

Soroca

MOLDOVA

Know

you go

before

Official Language(s) – Romanian
Currency – Leu (MDL)
Capital City – Chișinău
Credit Cards & ATMs – Credit cards are widely accepted in large cities, but less common in rural areas. If you venture into the countryside, be sure to withdraw or exchange currency beforehand.
Outlets – C & F
Popular SIM Card Providers – Orange, Moldcell, Unite

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climate & weather

Moldova's climate is continental throughout the country, and experiences warm, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. Because of its small size and relatively flat topography, there is little variation in temperature across the country. Although shorter than summer and winter, spring and autumn constitute the best months to travel to Moldova due to their pleasant temperatures and lack of tourists. Average temperatures per month and region are as follows:

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spring

spring

summer

autumn

winter

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Average Maximum: 8 °C // 46 °F

Average Minimum: 0 °C // 32 °F

Average Sunshine: 6 hours

Rainy days:  9 days

Average Maximum: 16 °C // 61 °F

Average Minimum: 5 °C // 41 °F

Average Sunshine: 8 hours

Rainy days: 9 days

Average Maximum: 22 °C // 72 °F

Average Minimum: 10 °C // 50 °F

Average Sunshine: 9 hours

Rainy days:  11 days

march

april

may

Average Maximum: 8 °C // 46 °F

Average Minimum: 0 °C // 32 °F

Average Sunshine: 4 hours

Rainy days:  11 days

Average Maximum: 16 °C // 61 °F

Average Minimum: 6 °C // 43 °F

Average Sunshine: 6 hours

Rainy days: 10 days


Average Maximum: 22 °C // 72 °F

Average Minimum: 12 °C // 54 °F

Average Sunshine: 8 hours

Rainy days: 11 days

march

april

may

spring

chisinau

soroca

spring

summer

autumn

winter

Average Maximum: 25 °C // 77 °F

Average Minimum: 13 °C // 55 °F

Average Sunshine: 10 hours

Rainy days: 12 days

Average Maximum: 26 °C // 79 °F

Average Minimum: 15 °C // 59 °F

Average Sunshine: 11 hours

Rainy days: 10 days

Average Maximum: 26°C // 79 °F

Average Minimum: 14 °C // 57 °F

Average Sunshine: 11 hours

Rainy days: 9 days

june

july

august

Average Maximum: 25 °C // 77 °F

Average Minimum: 15 °C // 59 °F

Average Sunshine: 9 hours

Rainy days: 12 days

Average Maximum: 28 °C // 82 °F

Average Minimum: 17 °C // 63 °F

Average Sunshine: 10 hours

Rainy days: 10 days

Average Maximum: 27 °C // 81 °F

Average Minimum: 17 °C // 63 °F

Average Sunshine: 10 hours

Rainy days: 8 days

june

july

august

summer

chisinau

soroca

spring

summer

autumn

winter

Average Maximum: 22 °C // 72 °F

Average Minimum: 10 °C // 50 °F

Average Sunshine: 9 hours

Rainy days:  7 days

Average Maximum: 16 °C // 61 °F

Average Minimum: 5 °C // 41 °F

Average Sunshine: 7 hours

Rainy days: 8 days

Average Maximum: 8 °C // 46 °F

Average Minimum: 1 °C // 36 °F

Average Sunshine: 5 hours

Rainy days:  10 days

september

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

Average Maximum: 22 °C // 72 °F

Average Minimum: 12 °C // 54 °F

Average Sunshine: 8 hours

Rainy days:  6 days

Average Maximum: 15 °C // 59 °F

Average Minimum: 7 °C // 45 °F

Average Sunshine: 5 hours

Rainy days: 6 days

Average Maximum: 7 °C //  45 °F

Average Minimum: 2 °C // 36 °F

Average Sunshine: 2 hours

Rainy days: 11 days

september

october

November

autumn

chisinau

soroca

spring

summer

autumn

winter

Average Maximum: 2 °C // 36 °F

Average Minimum: -3 °C // 27 °F

Average Sunshine: 4 hours

Rainy days: 10 days

Average Maximum: 0 °C // 32 °F

Average Minimum: -6 °C // 21 °F

Average Sunshine: 3 hours

Rainy days: 10 days

Average Maximum: 2 °C // 35 °F

Average Minimum: -4 °C // 24 °F

Average Sunshine: 4 hours

Rainy days: 11 days

DECEMBER

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

Average Maximum: 2 °C // 36 °F

Average Minimum: -3 °C // 27 °F

Average Sunshine: 2 hours

Rainy days: 12 days

Average Maximum: 1 °C // 34 °F

Average Minimum: -4 °C // 25 °F

Average Sunshine: 2 hours

Rainy days: 12 days

Average Maximum: 3 °C // 37 °F

Average Minimum: -4 °C // 25 °F

Average Sunshine: 3 hours

Rainy days: 12 days

december

January

February

winter

chisinau

soroca

spring

summer

autumn

winter

what to 

wear in 

chisinau

soroca

Mămăligă 

Plăcintă

moldovan wine

Sarmale 

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Plăcintă

Sarmale 

MOLDOVAN WINE

SFINȚIȘORI 

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Sarmale 

MOLDOVAN WINEv

ZEAMA 

SFINȚIȘORI 

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PÂRJOALE 

ZEAMA 

SFINȚIȘORI 

MOLDOVAN WINE

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Mămăligă 

PÂRJOALE 

ZEAMA 

SFINȚIȘORI 

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Mămăligă 

PÂRJOALE 

PLĂCINTĂ

ZEAMA 

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PÂRJOALE 

Mămăligă 

Sarmale 

PLĂCINTĂ

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Mămăligă (Мамалыга)

Mămăligă, or Polenta, is a traditional Romanian dish that has been popular for centuries in modern-day Moldova. Mămăligă is made from a corn flour porridge mixture, salt, and butter. After the ingredients are heated and stirred together, the mixture is placed in a round-bottomed dish and then left to cool down. Once the contents have settled, the dish is ready to eat, often being paired with sour cream or cottage cheese. 

PLĂCINTĂ (плацинды)

Plăcinte are traditional Romanian/Moldovan pies that are deep-fried and can be prepared either savory or sweet. Popular savory fillings include cheese, potato, and cabbage, and can be eaten as appetizers, side dishes, and quick snacks. The yummy, sweet pies can have a variety of fillings such as apples, cherries, and various types of jams.  

Sarmale (сармале) 

Sarmale are stuffed cabbage rolls, one of several variations of the common Eastern European dish. Sarmale are always served at holiday celebrations, and often feature added rice, meat, carrots, and onions. 

Moldovan wine (молдавское вино)

Did you know Moldova is home to the largest wine collection in the world? Yeah, you read that right- Milestii Mici is in Moldova! Moldova has long been recognized as a haven for wine lovers in Europe, and is well-integrated in the country's history. During the Soviet Union, 1 in every 2 bottles of wine produced in the entire USSR came from Moldova, and today Moldovans have an entire holiday to celebrate the pride they feel for their successful export. If you are interested in visiting a winery, definitely look into booking a tour. The two largest in the country, Milestii Mici and Cricova, are so large, they are the size of small towns - and they're entirely underground! 

sfințișori (сфинцишорь)

Sfințișori, also known as Moldova Martyrs, are delicious pastries that are drizzled with honey and nuts. These pastries are similar to croissants with a soft and doughy inside, and a warm and crispy outside. Sfințișori are made in a figure eight shape to represent March 8th, the day before an important Orthodox Christian holiday for which they're prepared. 

Zeama (Зама)

The dish zeama is a traditional Moldovan soup that is similar to chicken noodle soup. Unlike that of Campbell's canned soup, zeama features all kinds of veggies and herbs, such as celery, dill, parsley, thyme, carrots, onions, leeks, and sweet peppers. Zeama is often regarded as a Moldovan hangover cure, and is usually served with lemon juice, sour cream, and a piece of mămăligă on the side. 

Pârjoale (Паржоале)

Pârjoale are special meatballs and meat patties popular in Moldova and Romania. The meat is usually either pork, lamb, or beef - or even a combination of the three. In addition to the meat, pârjoale includes a mixture of herbs like parsley, thyme and dill, eggs, and garlic. After all of the ingredients are combined, the mixture is formed into the desired shape, covered in breadcrumbs, and deep-fried. Pârjoale is typically served on rye bread with mustard to pair. 

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