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“Orheiul Vechi” becomes more touristically attractive: 3 rural hostels were inaugurated after the renovation// GALLERY

One of the most visited tourist attractions in Moldova, “Orheiul Vechi”, becomes more attractive and accessible thanks to the other three guest houses that were inaugurated after major renovations: “The house from the meadow”, “The house under the cliff” and “The green house”.

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The rural guesthouses have improved their accommodation, renewed and decorated guest rooms to meet the standards of foreign tourists, expanding the ability to accommodate guests and diversify their services.

The reconstruction works lasted over 16 months, worth over $120,000, of which the USAID-financed Swedish Project of Competitiveness, and the Government of Sweden, allocated about $60,000, and the own contributions of the pensions amounted to $60,000.

  • “The house from the meadow” now has a heating system and a new glazed terrace, where meetings, conferences and various events can be organized. Bicycles and boat rides are available to guests on the River Raut, and there are hammocks in the garden.

Ala Benzin, manager of the rural pension “The house from the meadow”:

“The house from the meadow” is the first rural pension in Moldova and is open to tourists for 15 years. During this time we had many tourists from the very first day after opening, from different corners of the world. For each group of tourists I prepare traditional dishes according to traditional recipes, as they prepare in the village of Trebujeni.”

  • “The house under the cliff” comes with a new interior where tourists would gather in front of the fireplace. The bedrooms of the accommodation unit got renovated, which now have modern toilets both indoors and outdoors. The tourists’ service has doubled thanks to the new terrace, adapted for traditional meals and MICE events (meetings, incentives, conferences and events)

Galina Buzilă, manager of the guest house “The house under the cliff”:

“We opened the pension in 2006, and since then we are going towards rural tourism, a very interesting field. After serving our traditional dishes, we have some sort of soul satisfaction, and the tourists are satisfied. Although we don’t understand the language they speak, their emotions speak everything. This year we managed to renovate the guesthouse and bring it to the standards demanded by foreign and local tourists. We have a 45-seat terrace and a smaller one for 15 people and 13 accommodations and we have a beautiful home that I’ve built with my family when I was younger.”

  • “The green house” has benefited from the full renovation of the interior and the changing of the house’s windows. The modernization process was the terrace, but also the toilets inside and outside, and the pension has a new heating system.

Ludmila Buzila, owner of “The green house” pension:

“Since the opening of the guesthouse we had guests from all over the world, even from the farthest corners, and our guests leave their recommendations in the Suggestion Book. The tourists coming here come back every time because they say they find authentic, spiritual things here. In the hostel, we have nine accommodation places, two terraces: one summer and one winter table and a traditional dishes menu.”

Currently, only about 10 out of 26 rural hostels registered in the Republic of Moldova offer tourists accommodation in accordance with Western standards.

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UTA Gagauzia is becoming more and more attractive for tourists

Funded by the European Union of €6.5 million implemented by UNDP, the Program “Supporting Agriculture and Rural Development in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia District” (SARD) aims to enhance cooperation between central and local authorities as well as the one between regional Gagauzia and Taraclia district, for the social and economic development of the region and the Republic of Moldova as a whole. The SARD Program carries out activities to empower communities, rehabilitate social infrastructure, promote inter-community cooperation and implement the LEADER European Rural Development Initiative in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia.

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The first Gagauz tourist complex in Moldova was inaugurated on November 6 in the village of Congaz, Comrat district. In addition to the four traditional peasant houses with clay walls and reed roofs, the “Gagauz Sofrasi” ethno-touristic complex now has a museum, a cellar, a restaurant with a national-style terrace, a mini-hotel, and a festivities hall.

“Tourism is a niche with great potential but not yet explored in our region. With the help of the European Union, we have succeeded not only in creating a perfect resting place for local and foreign tourists but also an unforgettable tourist attraction for Gagauzia. Visitors can get to know the traditions and history of the country, enjoy traditional Gagauz dishes and the best wines in the area and even participate in gourmet workshops,” says the owner of the complex, Ana Statova.

For the development and promotion of this complex, the owner benefited from counseling and an 18,500 EUR grant from the European Union through the SARD program implemented by UNDP.

The resting park set up on the river Cahul was also inaugurated, which was rehabilitated for a length of 3 km with the assistance of the European Union and the contribution of local and regional public authorities within the SARD program. Over many years, the river crossing the city was a threat to the inhabitants. It hasn’t been cleaned for years and became misty, so after some more heavy rain, the river swelled and flooded all the nearby households. Vulcanesti Mayor Victor Petrioglo said that due to the floods, the local budget lost more than 2 million lei annually, or about 15% of the local budget.

The total cost of the Cahul River Cleaning and Park Planning was €126,942, of which €70,000 was provided by the European Union, and the difference was covered by the regional and community budget.

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National Wine Day will take place outside of Moldova for the first time

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More than 60 local wine producers from Protected Geographical Indication regions will participate in the 17th edition of the National Wine Day. The event will be held under the generic “Wine from the soul of Moldova”, on 6-7 October this year.

For the first time, the holiday will expand its geographical area, taking place in Snagov, Romania, where 20 wine-makers from the Republic of Moldova will gather together under a country brand.

For two days, people of Chisinau will enjoy wine producers’ exhibitions, the wine school, a painting area, an area devoted to public catering, wine tours, and improvised peasant courts.

The prime minister Pavel Filip accentuated that this holiday is a good opportunity to promote our country as a wine tourism destination.

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The International Opera and Ballet Festival “Maria Biesu” 26th edition, was inaugurated

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On Friday evening, in Chisinau, the opening of the International Festival of Opera and Ballet “Maria Biesu” reached its 26th edition. This year, the festival started with the famous opera in four acts “Macbeth” by Giuseppe Verdi, and the masterpiece of the world lyric, directed by Andreea Battistini (Italy), lead by conductor Nicolae Dohotaru.

Traditionally, the event brings to the stage of the National Opera and Ballet Theater some of the world’s most valuable artists, but also the most notable artistic forces in the country.

The 20th edition of the International Opera and Ballet Festival “Maria Biesu” takes place between September 7-16 and will end with a grand gala concert with the famous names in the international lyrical world: the legendary Tenor Peruvian – Juan Diego Florez; our great soprano – Valentina Naforniţă; Andrei Jilihovschi; Mihail Dogotaru; Igor Turcanu, etc., who will turn an ordinary Sunday evening into a memorable one.

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