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Moldova: Journey Off the Beaten Path

by Andy Khong

Moldova, a small and often overlooked country nestled in the heart of Eastern Europe, has a rich history, a unique cultural heritage, and a promising future. While it may not be as famous as some of its European neighbours, it has a lot to offer in terms of history, industries, and tourism.

A Glimpse into Moldovan History

Moldova’s history dates back to ancient times. The region, situated between the Carpathian Mountains and the Dniester River, has been inhabited for thousands of years. Over the centuries, it has been influenced by various cultures, including the Roman, Ottoman, and Russian empires. Moldova emerged as a principality in the 14th century and played a crucial role in the trade routes between East and West.

In 1812, it became a part of the Russian Empire, and later, it became a part of the Soviet Union. The country gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and this marked the beginning of Moldova as we know it today.

The Cathedral, Chisinau.

The Founding of the state

Moldova, officially known as the Republic of Moldova, declared its independence on 27th August, 1991. The country’s capital is Chisinau, and it has its own distinct culture and language, Moldovan, which is closely related to Romanian. The country is also known for its unique blend of Eastern Orthodox and Western cultural influences.

Parliament of the Republic of Moldova.

Moldovan Industries

The Moldovan economy is diverse and relies on several key industries, including:

  1. Agriculture: Moldova’s fertile land is ideal for wine production, and it’s one of the largest wine exporters in the world. Additionally, the country is known for its production of fruits, vegetables, and grains.
  2. Information Technology: The country has a growing IT sector, which is gaining recognition for its software development and outsourcing services.
  3. Textiles and Garments: The textile and apparel industry is one of the country’s major economic drivers, providing employment to a significant portion of the population.
  4. Tourism: While it is gradually gaining attention as a tourist destination, with its picturesque landscapes, historical sites, and wine tours, it is still the least visited country in Europe.
Victory Monument.

Moldova’s Future Prospects

Future prospects look promising. The country has been making efforts to strengthen its economy, improve governance, and forge closer ties with the European Union. While challenges remain, including political stability and economic development, Moldova is slowly but steadily progressing towards a more prosperous and stable future.

Main Post Office, Chisinau.

Moldovan Tourist Attractions

The country may not be on every traveller’s radar, but it offers a range of attractions for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience:

  1. Wine Tours: Known as the “Land of Wine” and boasts an array of vineyards and wineries. Tourists can explore cellars, taste exquisite wines, and learn about the winemaking process.
  2. Orheiul Vechi: This historical and archaeological complex features cave monasteries, fortresses, and stunning views of the Raut River.
Orheiul Vechi.

3. Cricova Winery: Known for its vast underground tunnels filled with aging wine, Cricova Winery is a unique destination for wine enthusiasts.


Cricova Winery.

4. Chisinau: The capital city offers a blend of Soviet-era architecture and modern European influences. The city’s central park and Triumphal Arch are worth a visit.

Triumphal Arch.

5. Milestii Mici Winery: It holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest wine collection in a natural underground cave.

Milestii Mici Winery.

6. Soroca Fortress: This historic fortress is an excellent example of the nations past, showcasing Ottoman and Russian influences.

Soroca Fortress.

7. Purcari Winery: Another renowned winery, Purcari, offers guided tours and wine tastings, set against a picturesque backdrop.

Purcari Winery.

8. Transnistria: An unrecognized breakaway state within the country, a quirky adventure awaits being a unique place to explore with its own distinct identity.

Parliament Building, Tiraspol, Transnistria.
Bender Fortress.

So, with its rich history, thriving wine industry, and hidden tourist gems, is a destination waiting to be discovered. Its unique blend of Eastern and Western influences, along with a promising future, makes it an intriguing place for travellers. Whether you’re a history buff, a wine connoisseur, or an adventurer seeking the road less travelled, Moldova has something to offer to everyone who ventures to explore its cultural and natural wonders.

You can check the following links for our Moldova Tours, our Transnsitria Tours, and Gagauzia Tours. .

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