Wedged between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is quickly emerging as one of Eastern Europe’s most enticing destinations. Cahul sits in the south of the country and is surrounded by unspoilt countryside and rolling vineyards. The region is famous for its full-bodied reds, which make it an alluring destination for wine lovers.
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If you love wine, Cahul is an enticing escape. The region is dotted with boutique vineyards that produce some of Eastern Europe’s best wines. Local varieties include dry, ruby hued Negru de Purcari and light-bodied, fruity Rara Neagra.
Cahul is also a popular spa and health resort destination. In the city centre, you can choose from a handful of luxe day spas offering a great selection of mineral rich hot spring soaks, mud baths, clay masks and other treatments.
Over the centuries, Cahul has been occupied by Moldova, Russia, the Soviet Union and Romania. For a glimpse at the battles that have been fought in its honour, a visit to the Cahul History Museum is a must.
Moldova is famous for its folk music and Cahul is a great place to immerse yourself in traditional song and dance. There are a handful of cosy taverns and bars to explore, where you can sip on traditional wines and take in a live performance.
While it was once one of Europe’s least visited countries, budget flights from London and other European cities are quickly putting Moldova on the map. Most visitors fly into Chisinau, Moldova’s lively capital. The fastest way to reach Cahul is by train, with direct connections between the two cities. By car, the trip takes around 2.5 hours. Once you’re in town, the best way to explore Cahul is on foot.
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