It was the legend of Dracula that first drew my attention to the forest-clad mountains and creepy castes of Transylvania, but I soon discovered that the region has much to offer beyond the sinister fairytale. So, I head to Dracula country and more than haunted castles and vampires. Read more about Transylvania, Romania more than Haunted Castles and Vampires.
Experience Macedonia's Pristine Powder
Skiers looking for perfect powder, that fluffy, untouched stuff of dreams and snow that's all but guaranteed love Popova Sapka in northwest Macedonia, which one reviewer called "the Balkans' St Moritz". Set at 1,700m up in the rounded peaks of the Dinaric Mountains, Popova is higher than most of its Eastern European competitors meaning good cover is pretty much a given from January to March (the town's simple, effective slogan is: 'We have snow'). No wonder, then that it's hosted both the European and Balkan Ski Championships along with the Sarplaninski Cup, which was launched at Popova in 1947. Wide, open runs combined with plenty of incredible off-piste terrai and great value accommodation mean Popova is one of Eastern Europe's best kept ski destinations. Read more about 10 Unique Winter Break Destinations