In the Republic of Moldova, Europcar has is represented at Chișinau International Airport, just outside the capital city, and our staff are always ready to deliver a first class car hire service. Useful options such as express pick-up and easy online booking, plus extras like child seats, satellite navigation and additional driver cover are available. In addition, Europcar's huge fleet of comfortable and reliable vehicles is always nearby, with a car to suit any budget or requirement, as well as the experience and expertise that comes with being one of the world's leading car hire firms.
Moldova is sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine in the eastern part of Europe, having become an independent state in 1991 since the dissolution of the former Soviet Union. Although Moldova falls just short of being on the Black Sea coast, it is still growing into a popular vacation destination thanks to its beautiful landscapes, colourful history and rich traditions in winemaking. However, to say Moldova is off the beaten track is an understatement, as visitor numbers are only a fraction of even the nearby Eastern European countries. So if you are looking for a quiet getaway, a long drive from the tourist crowd, Moldova could be just the place. While the cities are modern, with good hotels, shopping, bars and restaurants, the villages are from another, simpler time. Ancient monasteries, like Capriana, Hancu in Bursuc and Noul Neamț in Chițcani are surrounded by almost medieval settlements, and certain regions, such as Transdniestr, don't even recognise the fall of the Soviet Union.
The City of Chișinau - Right in the heart of Moldova, on the River Bîc, is the country's capital city. Founded as a monastery village in 1436, Chișinau is now the nation's biggest and most populous urban centre, as well as the centre for transport, industry and commerce. For such an old town, its architecture is surprisingly modern. This is thanks to a 19th century urban growth plan, which saw many important and impressive buildings appear, such as the National Archaeology and History Museum and the National Opera and Ballet Theatre, with later office and shopping complexes built after 1991. Besides the History museum, the Muzeul Memoriei Neamului – Museum of National Memory – is also popular with visitors, and commemorates the city and region's anti-communist resistance.
Wine touring - With Moldovan wine being considered among the best in Europe these days, tours of the vineyards are becoming extremely popular. Around Chișinău are the Cricova and Mileștii Mici vineyards; the Cojușna and Romanesti wineries can be found in the Strașeni District; the southern Taraclia District has the Ciumai winery; and the Nistreana Region gives us the Bostavan wine, to name just a few. For the true wine enthusiast, visiting the rarer and less well-known winemakers is the real challenge. And in a country like Moldova, hiring a car is surely the most convenient method of searching out all these hidden gems.