|Water bottle (0.33 liter)||$0.93|
|Monthly Pass (local transport)||$13.42|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$7.32|
|Utilities (Electricity, Heating, ...) for medium apartment||$104.89|
|1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff||$0.12|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$1.87|
Located about 55 km north of Bucharest, the country’s capital, Ploiesti has a number of tourist attractions: an interesting city centre, museums and splendid architectural heritage. Founded in 1596, Ploiesti prospered with a thriving trade and manufacturing base and the town expanded greatly. Some of the buildings of the 17th and 18th centuries survive to this day. With its proximity to Bucharest, tourists find it convenient to avail the cheap flights to Ploiesti for a weekend of relaxation.
Among the more important tourist destinations are the Ploiesti Cathedral, also popularly referred to as the St John the Baptist Orthodox Cathedral. The façade features a striped pattern and the architecture of the domes and towers are characteristically traditional. The clock tower has an orthodox cross and mounted with a copper dome. The Ploiesti Central Market Hall, where you can find a variety of shops and eateries, also features another clock tower. In front is the city square where the residents and tourists congregate to have a good time. Traditional architecture can also be seen at the Ploiesti Cultural Palace that has a magnificent façade with imposing columns and an extended staircase.
Availing any of the cheap flights to Ploiesti is a good idea to visit the different museums of diverse nature; the Oil Museum is a repository of the city’s oil heritage that led to the setting up of the world’s first large oil refinery in 1857. The Clock Museum’s collection of antique clocks and timepieces is enthralling while a visit to the Art Museum provides a fascinating insight into the art of the period. The Hagi Prodan Museum that dates back to 1785 is also a popular tourist destination. The Unirea Salt Mine Complex located just 40 km away from the city is the biggest European salt mine and is extremely popular with tourists for its many attractions; there are a number of salt pools, giant salt statues and even a Museum of Salt that depicts the lives of the salt miners, besides underground facilities for playing tennis, football and athletics. There are quite a few hotels in Ploiesti that you can book in advance to spend a holiday that’s truly memorable.