In today’s article we’re going to talk about a very popular destination in Romania, especially for expats and people looking for a nice city to retire to. Brasov is the city we’re going to talk more in depth about in the fourth article in the “Where to retire to in Romania” series.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you already know that I’ve covered Brasov on numerous occasions. I even met a family that moved to Brasov back in 2015 and they’re still enjoying life there even today. But in case you haven’t read my previous articles about Brasov, here are the links for further readings (they all open in new tabs, so you can open them, get back to this article then continue reading them):
What should you know about Brasov?
This is one of the largest cities in Romania and one of the main touristic attractions of the country (thanks to the popular nearby mountain resorts). The fact that it’s located in a central position in Romania makes it a good place to set up home base if you want to explore the country.
Brasov is very close to Bucharest (just a couple hours drive away, but there are numerous train connections or busses) and Sibiu, another popular touristic attraction in the country.
Also, some of the most popular ski resorts and winter destination are close by: Poiana Brasov, Predeal or Busteni. Bran is also close, with the well known Bran Castle (usually referred to as Dracula’s castle).
If you want to stay away from the intense heat that you’ll find in most major Romanian cities during the hot summer months, Brasov is a great place to be. It’s true, the winters are longer and colder but many people prefer it to be that way. Plus, the colder weather offers a perfect excuse to enjoy some hot wine or boiled Palinca.
There are many things to see and do in Brasov thanks to the fact that it’s a popular touristic destination. You’ve got a wide option of pubs and restaurants, local attractions and you can even go hiking on Tampa hill or the nearby mountains. I would consider Brasov a lively, entertaining city which would definitely be suitable for those looking for a nice place to retire to or move to in Romania.
A bit of interesting trivia is that a Romanian magazine (Storia) ranked Brasov as the second safest city in Romania, after Oradea. The other safe cities found directly below Brasov were Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Sfantul Gheorghe and Timişoara. (Of course, Romania should be considered generally safe no matter where you’d be).
How expensive is Brasov?
Since it’s more touristy than other cities, Brasov is a bit more expensive. However, by US and Western European standards, it still remains an extremely cheap city to live in.
Rental prices are still low – lower than Bucharest, but more expensive than most other smaller cities – but fortunately there are many options available and if you’re ready to move away from the popular areas, you can get some really nice deals.
Cost of living remains low if you move there thanks to the supermarkets and hypermarkets which are not priced for tourists and you can easily find good restaurants where you can eat a nice meal for way under 10 Euros per person.
You can learn more about the cost of living in Romania here.
Where to live?
There are many factors to consider when deciding where to live in a city and sometimes personal preference pays an important role. The good news is that Brasov has a really well developed public transportation system, while taxis are generally cheap (although there are scammers) so it shouldn’t be extremely difficult to get from one place to another.
When it comes to the best places to live in, you can’t go wrong if you choose either the Old Center or the Racadau neighborhood. They’re basically on the two sides of the Tampa hill and are very close to most of the attractions in the city. Here’s a map showing you the two areas in more detail:
Unlike many cities in Romania, Brasov has an active and relatively large expat community. Even though Romanians are extremely friendly, it’s good to know that there are many expats living in Brasov and you can easily connect with them.
Most people that I’ve been in contact with over the years consider Brasov to be one of the best places to live in Romania. I really enjoyed the city every time I traveled there, but I must admit that I have rarely ventured outside of the old city center area. However, since that’s the place where most of the good things happen and where most of the attractions are, you have no reasons to complain.
So definitely consider this as a good spot to retire to or move to if you’re planning to stay for longer periods of time in Romania!