Stage 12/35 - 380 kms
0 km Baia Mare
185 kms Rodna
79 kms Vatra Dornei
116 kms Durau
Baia Mare : Travel for the natural attractions
Being one of the most important mining centers in Romania. It represents a history of over 2.000 years of gold, silver and other extractions of non-ferrous metals. Baia Mare preserved some aspects of its medieval past around the city's main square, Piata Libertatii. The oldest house, dating from the 1440s, lies on the east coast of the place, a solitary vestige of a castle built long time ago by the prince of Transylvania Iancu de Hunedoara for his wife Elisabeta. The house, named Casa Elisabeta, is used nowadays to host temporary arts exhibitions. Baia Mare is an excellent starting point for many cultural and natural attractions of the region of Maramures, dominated by a landscape of mountains and hills. The Rodnei Mountains national park, a natural reserve filled with a rich diversity of flora and fauna, received the status of a biosphere by UNESCO.
Discovering Rodna : Deepest caves
The mountains of Rodna are a subdivision of the Eastern Carpathians in northern Romania. They have one of the longest continuous ridges in Romania, with more than 50 km from West to East. The two highest points are Pietrosul Rodnei and the peaks of Ine, with respectively 2.303 and 2.279 meters. These mountains are most suitable for hiking in summer and skiing in winter, and are particularly famous for late snow in the course of the summer months. Skiing is possible in June and sometimes even in July.
While the ridge itself does not raise specific difficulties, the challenge is the length of the massif. A complete hike on the Rodnei main ridge takes between 3 and 5 days, depending on the weather and on the endurance of the hiker. The massif has caves, “Izvorul Tăuşoarelor” is the deepest cave in Romania, going about 479 meters beneath the surface and " Jgheabul Lui Zalion " has a depth of 242 meters.
The national park of Rodna
The national park of Rodna is a protected area, II IUCN category national park, located in Romania, in the administrative territory of the counties of Bistriţa-Nasaud, Maramures and Suceava. The national park of Rodna extends on an area of 46.599 hectares and was declared natural protected area by law No. 5 of the 6th March 2000, and represents a mountainous area including ridges, peaks, cirques, chasms, caves, moraines, rock steps, valleys, forests and pastures, which hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Vatra Dornei : A city of Alpine tourism
Vatra Dornei is a city in the county of Suceava, northeast of Romania. It is located in the historic region of Bukovina. This city is a well-known health and ski resort in the Carpathian Mountains. There are ski slopes near the city, which attract many tourists in winter season. Vatra Dornei is surrounded by large areas of forest, suitable sites for Alpine tourism. There are mineral water springs within the city limits and its surroundings. They have contributed to the establishment of the development of the spa service in the region.
In the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century, Bucovina had only two spa towns which were Vatra Dornei and Solca. The city of Vatra Dorneia has many hotels, two museums, including the ethnographic Museum and the natural science Museum, as well as a few old buildings that are considered as historical and architectural monuments like the casino, the main spa, the two railway stations, the City Hall, the post office building and a few old churches.
Durau : Ideal leisure place
Durău is a ski resort located in the northeast of Romania, near the Ceahlău Massif. The location is disadvantaged due to lack of accessibility. The only access road is DN15, from Poiana Largului. The usual way from Bicaz is closed since February 2006 due to landslides. Durau is a station that works throughout the year. Stimulating climate and fresh air make it the ideal place for leisure, but also for the treatment of neuroses, states of physical or intellectual fatigue and nutrition diseases. From Durau, you can go hiking towards Toaca and Ocolasu Peaks Mare at Ceahlau or to the Duruitoarea waterfall. In town, there are four two-star and three-star hotels, a former monastery and a conference centre belonging to the Romanian Orthodox Church.
The National Park of Ceahlău
The National Park of Ceahlău is located on the north side of the Eastern Carpathians, in the county of Neamt. Its legends and its importance have a value in the history of the Dacians, ancestors of the Romanian people. Ceahlau was considered to be the sacred mountain of Zalmoxis, the former divinity of the Dacians. So, there are many peaks, ridges and basal rocks like limestone and conglomerates placed on crystalline basement.
There are many activities available in the National Park of Ceahlau, such as cross-country skiing, hiking,. You can also admire the fauna or watch birds. Surrounded by streams and dam lakes, the Ceahlau Mountain, also called the Olympus of Romania, displays an incredible concentration of flora with more than 2.000 species of flowers and fauna. The fossil limestone, the rock formations of Dochia, Cusma Dorobantului and the Duruitoarea waterfall are some of the main attractions in the park.
Vatra Dornei : Hotel Dorna
Vatra Dornei : Hotel Carol - Vatra Dornei
Vatra Dornei : Hotel Belvedere
Vatra Dornei : Pensiunea Flori de Camp
Durau : Pensiunea Gold
Durau : Hotel Bistrita