Stay 14 : An authentic and adventure trip in Romania

Stay 14 : An authentic and adventure trip in Romania.

Occidental Route

Stage 14/35 - 231 kms

0 km Brasov

35 kms Magura

155 kms Ramnicu Valcea

45 kms Horezu

carte Brasov a Horezu

An adventure trip in Brasov : On road to the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe

Lined by the peaks of the South Carpathians Mountains, Brasov is resplendent with its gothic, baroque and Renaissance architecture, as well as a multitude of historical attractions. It is one of the most visited places in Romania. Brasov emits a distinct medieval atmosphere and has been used as a backdrop for many classic old movies. The location of the city is at the intersection of trade routes linking the Ottoman Empire and Western Europe. The Saxon merchants have enabled to obtain a considerable wealth and exert a strong political influence in the region. Take a walk around the old town hall square, where you can admire baroque structures painted in lively colours and richly adorned. Take a look inside the black church, the largest Gothic church in Romania.

Magura : A lot of memories of past

Randonnées dans les Carpates, Magura Roumanie

magura Roumanie
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A lot of memories of past in Magura Sadar Upazila. The literacy rate among the people of the city is 47.6%. The archaeological heritage and the relics of Magura are Neelkuthi, Beparipara and the Jami mosque, the tomb of Pir Ali Mokarram, the tomb of Garib Shah, the relics of the Rajbari of Raja Sitaram Roy, the fortification of David Raja and the mosque in the village of Gopal.

The national park of Piatra Craiului

The national park of Piatra Craiului is a protected area located in the eastern zone of the southern part of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. This national park is generally synonym of enormity with the mountains of Piatra Craiuliu. Almost all of the park consists of a massif composed of Mesozoic limestone. This protected area is inside the Romanian ecoregion called Carpathian Mountain forests. The park is bounded by the Damboviciora Valley in the East, Barsa Valley in the North and the Dambovita River in the West. This protected area extends over a part of the two Romanian counties, namely Brasov and Arges. Moreover, the villages of Pestera and Magura are within the boundaries of the park. The most common access road is an unpaved road from the town of Zanesti to the northern end of Piatra Craiului.

Practical services

Ramnicu Valcea : Carpathians attractions

Râmnicu Vâlcea is the capital of the Valcea department, in Romania, in the historical province of Oltenia. Râmnicu Vâlcea is located in the south center of Romania. At the foot of the Southern Carpathians, the city is located about 12 km from the monastery. The southern limit of Râmnicu Vâlcea is formed by the Getic plateau and the Oltului valley. The Olt river crosses through the city of Râmnicu Vâlcea as well as through the E81 road of European interest, and through one of the major national railways. The city administers thirteen villages, including Aranghel, Cazanesti, Copacelu, Dealu Malului, Feteni, Goranu, Lespezi, Poenari, Priba, Raureni, Salistea, Stolniceni and Troian. Goranu, Feteni, Lespezi and Salistea, which were separated municipalities until 1996, when they were merged with the city.

The national park of Cozia (about 25 km from RamnicuValcea)

The national park of Cozia is located in Romania, in the northeastern part of the department of Valcea. The national park is located in the South center of the South Carpathians. The national park of Cozia, with an area of 17.100 ha, was proclaimed as a natural protected area by law No. 5 of 6th March 2000 and represents a mountainous area with the specific flora and fauna of the South Carpathians. Beyond its particular elements of flora, the national park of Cozia also has many lichen species.

Horezu : Visit all the monasteries

Voyage aventure à Horezu Roumanie

Horezu Roumanie
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Horezu is a village located in the department of Valcea, in Romania, about 43 km from Râmnicu Vâlcea. The village is well known for its people who make pottery and present it during an annual fair. There are special traditions which have been well preserved. The city has around 7.000 inhabitants, most of them working in agriculture and services. The site of the monastery of Horezu is a site of the world heritage. Each year, many Roman and foreign tourists are attracted by the large number of monasteries in the country, located in a mountainous area with a rich flora and fauna. You will imperatively need to stop at the ceramics and craftsmen workshops who share the secret of the creation of the clay pots.

The national park of Buila Vanturarița (about 20 km from Horezu)

The national park of Buila Vanturarita is the smallest national park in Romania. It is located in the north-central part of the county of Vâlcea in the Capatanii Mountains, a sub-group of the southern Carpathian Mountains. The forested areas include oak, beech, ash-tree, pine-tree, spruce, firtree, European yew tree, Scots pine, lime-tree and birch-tree. The flora includes the protected edelweiss, the lady’s slipper and rare species of orchids and anemones. The fauna includes brown bears, stags, grey wolves, lynxes and grey squirrels as well as eight species of bats. The bird species include the capercaillie, the white-crowned wheatear, the red kite, the red-footed falcon and the wallcreeper.

Although being the smallest of the Romanian national parks, it has amazing landscapes in its preserved nature, and unexplored caves for hiking, tourism, camping and photography. There are 19 signposted hiking trails of different lengths and different capacities. The most popular sites are the primary forests, a Bat Cave, the Bistrita gorges and the Costesti gorges.

Monastery of Horezu and its mural paintings

The monastery of Horezu is considered to be the masterpiece of the brancovan style that has influenced art across the region in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was founded in 1690 by the brancovan prince Constantine, who let it be adorned with mural paintings and other rich decorations. The tradition of Mount Athos, which made possible the artistic creations by a pattern system, was an example for Wallachia and Brancovan. The brancovan style that developed in these circumstances is a synthesis of the architecture from the Renaissance in Northern Italy, as well as the byzantine architecture. The main monastery consists of the central church or catholicon, around which the other buildings are gathered, namely the refectory, the two-storey cells for monks, the bell tower and the residence of the prince. They are trapped behind a wall.

Practical services

Râmnicu Vâlcea : Grand Hotel Sofianu

Râmnicu Vâlcea : Pension Relax

Râmnicu Vâlcea : Hotel Simfonia

Râmnicu Vâlcea : Hotel Miraj

Horezu : Pension Criveanu

Horezu : Pensiunea Casa Filoxenia

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