Moldova has a complicated history. Nestled between Romania and the Ukraine, it was once part of the mighty Soviet Union, but gained independence in 1991, only for two areas of the country, Transnistria and Gagauzia, to break away from them. Many of the sites you can visit are military, with army museums and fortresses being the most reviewed. However, there’s a good cultural heritage and the beautiful Nativity of Christ Cathedral and surrounding park land makes for a great day out in the capital, Chişinău. Moldova is one of the least visited parts of Europe, which makes it an ideal choice for those wanting to escape the tourist traps. Walk or cycle the thousands of acres of unspoiled countryside and take in the well regarded wine tours, where the red wine flows freely. Moldovan wine is little known across the western world, but is of very high quality. Expect to see Moldova becoming more popular, with budget airlines across Europe starting to fly here, offering weekend breaks to Chişinău.