Starting tomorrow until Monday, May 6 (the second day of Easter), Romanians will take a small holiday of nearly a week, dedicated to having fun, at least for the young generation. Religious people will eagerly await Saturday night and Sunday – the first day of Easter – when they will say ‘Christ Has Risen!’ and will cook the traditional Easter meals, with lamb as the main star.
The not so religious people will flock to seaside resorts, where over 40,000 tourists are expected these days.
Accommodation prices for one tourist per night range between RON 45 at a 2-star hotel and RON 300 at a 5-star hotel in Mamaia. The president of the ‘Littoral – Danube Delta Association,’ Corina Martin says that hotel operators and travel agencies launched offers at similar prices as last year, which resulted in a 20 pc increase of the demand for the tourist packages covering May 1st and Easter, compared to 2012. “We expect a record number of more than 40,000 tourists at the seaside,” Corina Martin said.
As every year, the most tourists (25,000) are expected in Mamaia, where approximately 90 pc of accommodation facilities are open.
Another 10,000 – 20,000 tourists are expected at Vama Veche, Costinesti, Neptun and Eforie, as all resorts will host special events: festivals, concerts, vintage car parades, exhibitions, bicycle contests, garden parties etc. Easter masses will be celebrated in Mangalia, Mamaia and Constanta, with Holy Light brought from Jerusalem.Those who choose to spend their May Day vacation in the Danube Delta will find accommodation at prices between RON 90-100/tourist/night at a 3-star guesthouse and RON 200/night at a 4-star guesthouse or floating hotel.Those who find it too early for the seaside (because water temperature will not exceed 13-14 degrees Celsius, despite the warm and sunny weather) can opt for hotels or guesthouses in Brasov and on the Prahova Valley, where May Day and Easter tourist packages cost between RON 240 and more than EUR 1,000.
Special Easter packages include festive supper, traditional dinner, as well as egg painting workshops and contests where tourists are invited to look for chocolate eggs which hosts hide in various places. Sinaia is one of the most expensive resorts this time around too, being the only resort where tourists can still practice winter sports. In what concerns the price of packages offered by hotels in Sinaia, they vary from several hundred RON to several hundred EUR. Most Romanians will have to stay at home on May 1st and during the Easter holiday, mostly because of a shortage of money. Thus, according to a study conducted by MEDNET Marketing Research Center and quoted by Mediafax, approximately 63 per cent of Romanians living in urban areas will spend Easter at home, with their families, most earmarking a budget of RON 101-300 for this holiday, and only 21.7 per cent of them will receive bonuses in the form of cash or gift coupons. A little over 16.2 per cent of Romanians will spend their holidays with friends, 15.6 per cent will leave their locality to visit friends or relatives and only 5.4 per cent of them will go at the seaside, the mountainside or abroad.