The cathedral of Chișinău
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Chișinău

Moldova

Located on the River Bîc in south-central Moldova, capital city Chișinău (pronounced "Kee-shee-know") is busy yet slow-paced, with enough green spaces and lakes to satisfy avid nature lovers. There's no "old town" as such here, but there are plenty of interesting things to do, as well as an array of bars and restaurants serving up cheap, delicious local food. Don't be put off by the brutalist feel of the Soviet-style buildings here - Chisinau is surprisingly tranquil and a joy to explore. Don't forget to breathe in the fresh air at the 76-hectare Chișinău Botanical Garden, which sits just outside the city centre.

Chișinău Festivals

Cronograf - August

This international film festival attracts up-and-coming filmmakers and documentarists from around the world. Founded in 2001, it features round-table discussions, press conferences and competitions for the best films.

Velo Hora - September

This festival of bicycles is a car-free day in Moldova's capital, with the goal of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. Participants of all ages are invited to ride 20km through the city streets on their bikes, followed by family-friendly games and musical performances.

Wine Day - October

Celebrate the incredible wine culture in Moldova with a whole day dedicated to wine, scheduled to take place at the end of the wine harvest. Events are mainly in the Great National Assembly Square, where participants can sample hundreds of local wines while listening to music by folk bands and orchestras.