What are some of Romania’s most scenic roads?
Check out theese Romanian roads...their view will blow you away!
Romania is not popular for the high quality of its roads. Yet, it may be well-known for its scenic roads! A holiday by car can bring you to roads flanked by most impressive natural panorama so that these breathtaking passageways become tourist attractions themselves. So, next time when you drive to some of Romania’s destinations, we advise you not to opt for the shortest route, but try the longest one, as it may become one of the rides that you will never forget.
Transfagarasan aerial view, credits: Xilius/Bigstock.com
Probably the most famous and scenic road of Romania is the Transfagarasan Road, labeled also as “the road to the clouds”. This is because it is a mountain road that crosses the southern section of the Carpathians and is the second highest paved road in the country after the Transalpina. Transfagarasan stretches 90 kilometers between the Bascov village, Arges County, and Cartisoara village, Sibiu County. Besides the thrilling views, the highway is flanked by some popular tourist destinations of Romania: Poenari Fortress, that can be reached by climbing 1480 stairs, Vidraru Dam – an arch dam that was built with the purpose to produce hydroelectricity, Balea Lake – a lake situated at the highest altitude on Transfagarasan, 2.034 meters, where you can visit an ice hotel during winter time. Transfagarasan Road is open from July till October and, due to the topography, the allowed average speed is around 40 km/h.
Transalpina Mountain Road, credits: Porojnicu Stelian/Bigstock.com
The Transalpina Road is the highest road in the whole Carpathian chain, thus obviously becoming the highest road in Romania. The highest point is the Urdele Pass, where the elevation reaches 2.145 meters above sea level. The road is located in the Parang Mountains group, the southern Carpathians, connecting the localities of Novaci, Gorj County, and Sebes, Alba County. In 2009, Transalpina was coated with asphalt, so now it is a 135-km length modern highway that provides a smooth transit from Oltenia to Transylvania. Being an alpine road, it is closed throughout the winter. Plan your trip so you have time to visit some nearby attractions such as Muierii Cave – a cave with some of the most ancient early modern human remains in Romanian prehistory, Galcescu Lake – the biggest glacial lake in Parang massive, and Oltetului Gorges, that will make you feel so insignificant in front of natural forces!
Danube Gorges Road, credits: Porojnicu Stelian/Bigstock.com
The Danube Defile Road lines up from Moldova Veche to Drobeta Turnu-Severin, right along the Serbian-Romanian border. It is a spectacular road where the Carpathians meet the Danube River. The most astonishing part of the Danube Defile Road, not far from Orsova, is known as “La Cazane”. Being part of the Iron Gate of the Danube River, it is only 9 km long, but it will undoubtedly make you believe that heaven exists on Earth! Besides the truly beautiful nature, in “La Cazane” you can admire the tallest stone statue in Europe – Decebal’s face sculpted in the rocky shore of the Danube, and right in front of it the Tabula Traiana is located – a 2000-year-old memorial stone that marks the victory of the Roman Empire over Dacia in 105.
Road in Rarau Mountains, credits: alexino/Bigstock.com
Another mountain road is Transrarau, which connects Bistrita and Moldova Valleys, passing through the Rarau Mountains. Tourists drive on this road usually to visit Lady’s Stones, a natural reservation of national interest from Suceava County. Another point of interest on Transrarau is Rarau Monastery – an Orthodox monastery built in 1538 by the ruler Petru Rares. The road spreads over about 27 km that can be traversed in approximately 45 minutes. The maximum altitude which you can reach on this route is of 1400 meters.
One of the most gorgeous countryside roads is undeniably that that links Bistrita, Transylvania, and Vatra Dornei, Bucovina – Tihuta Pass. This route traverses the north part of the Oriental Carpathians at an altitude of over 1.200 meters. In the close vicinity you can visit the Dracula Complex, the Piatra Fantanele Monastery, known for its 31-meter high metallic cross, but also the Colibita Lake. The Tihuta Pass is open for driving all year-round.
Bicaz Gorge Road, credits: IgorDymov/Bigstock.com
A road that links Harghita and Neamt counties, passing through Hasmas Mountains, connects Bicaz and Gheorgheni localities. Probably the most spectacular part of this road is the Bicaz Gorge – a natural wonder dug by Bicaz River that now outlines beautiful valleys and gorges. On your way, you can stop at the Red Lake, situated at 980 m altitude, but also at some of the caves hidden in the limestone walls of the rocks – Pestera Neagra, Pestera Cascada. Bicaz Gorge is one of the main rock climbing sites in Romania.
Transbucegi Mountain Road, credits:whitewizzard/Bigstock.com
Transbucegi, the road that stretches from Sinaia to the Bucegi Mountains Plateau, is always ready to offer you vast landscapes, fresh, cool mountain air, and high elevation. Being part of the Bucegi Natural Park, this road provides numerous hiking trails through colorful flower carpets and foliage displays. This road can be used all year-round. Although the Transbucegi itself can be traversed in about one hour, there are so many to see along this road: the mountain peaks Costila and Omu, the Peles Castle, but also the “Sphinx” and “The Old Dames” rock formations.
At an altitude over 640 meters, the Buzau Pass follows the Buzau River and links the cities of Brasov and Buzau in the Eastern Carpathians. The road is considered to be for drivers with higher experience, as it requires more attention. The length of the route is of about 116 km and can be traversed in approximately 2 hours. There are tourist attractions like the Lake Siriu – an artificial dam lake on the Buzau River valley, the Bison’s Reserve – a natural reserve where you can follow the life cycle of bison, but also the Prejmer fortified church which, together with the surrounding village, is part of Transylvania UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Known also as Transalpina Banat, the Transsemenic Road is a newly inaugurated passageway that connects Valiug and Slatina-Timis localities, passing along the Semenic Mountains. In fact, it is part of an older road that was connecting the localities of Resita and Slatina-Timis, the total length of the route being of approximately 58 kilometers. Transsemenic is especially for tourists who like traveling through forest sites, as Transsemenic crosses the forests of Caras-Severin National Park.
Rupea Fortress, Brasov-Sighisoara Road, credits: PixAchi/Bigstock.com
The Brasov-Sighisoara road will uncover real gems to those who are passionate of castles, fortresses, monasteries, and other structures that form an important part of Romania’s cultural heritage. Not only the cities of Brasov and Sighisoara overflow with tourist points of interest, but also the itinerary between them comprises a list of places that every tourist has to see in Romania. The Feldioara village is a culturally and historically rich village, with a fortified church, ruins of a medieval citadel, but also several monuments. A section of Brasov-Sighisoara route crosses the Bogatii Forest – a protected area of national interest, popular for its admirable fauna, flora, and geology. Long time ago, the locality of Saschiz competed with Sighisoara itself because of its cultural and historical beauties. The village is worth to be visited for its fortified citadel with 6 towers, a Gothic church built in the XVIth century, but especially for its fortified church which is declared UNESCO monument. This road can be a great one day-trip destination!
Vidra Lake, credits: krysek/Bigstock.com
Those who would like to enjoy a panorama combined from forests and mountains, together with winding roads, have to experience a trip on the Brezoi-Obarsia Lotrului road. The area is perfect for nature-lovers: the route starts from Cozia Natural Park, crosses the Lakes Malaia and Vidra, and ends with a newly opened ski resort on Vidra Lake, several kilometers distance from Obarsia Lotrului.
As you can see, whether you like to drive through amazing gorges, high mountains, windy valleys, or on roads that take you to remote rural areas, Romania has scenic roads passing through all of these types of landscapes!