Stage 16/35 - 296 kms
0 km Resita
37 kms Anina
91 kms Baile Herculane
89 kms Donji Milanovac
79 kms Zajecar
A trip in Romania : Reşiţa, Latin Origins
Reşiţa is a city in western Romania. The name of Reșița might originate from the Latin recitia, meaning “cold spring”, as the historian Nicolae Iorga once suggested, presuming that the Romans gave this name to Resita, from a water spring on the Doman valley. A much more credible version, according to Iorgu Iordan, would be that the name actually comes from a Slavic word. People living in the neighbouring village of Carasova 15 km away, referring to this place, which in those days was a similar village to theirs, as being “u Recice” meaning “the creek”.
Anina : An geological heritage preserved
Anina is a town in south-western Romania, in the Caras-Severin County, with a population of almost 10,886. The town administers one village, Steierdorf. Anina represents one of the most important towns in the South Carpathians for Jurassic fossils, the plants and animals, since the geological heritage here is particularly diverse and well preserved. Anina bears witness to this palaeontological heritage which was uncovered by significant mining works, such as underground mines and open cast mines. Anina lies between Cheile Nerei, the Beusnita National Park and Semenic, the Cheile Carasului National Park. Due to its natural and industrial heritage, Anina deserves the status of a geopark, a much required status for such an important geological and historical area.
Semenic - Cheile Carașului National Park
The Semenic - Cheile Carașului National Park is a protected area, as a national park category II IUCN, situated in southwest Romania, in the Caras-Severin County. The Natural Park is located in the Anina Mountains and Semenic, groups of mountains included in Banat Mountains, in the south-western’s part of the country, in the middle of Caras-Severin County. The Semenic-Cheile Carașului National Park has an area of 35.664,80 hectares and was declared protected area and is a mountainous area made up of canyons, grottos, pit caves, sinkholes, ridges, valleys, pastures and forests which are home to a wide variety of fauna and flora, including some endemic species which are identified.
Băile Herculane : A city with natural healing properties
Băile Herculane is a town in Romanian Banat, located in the Cerna River’s valley, between the Mehedinţi Mountains to the east and the Cerna Mountains to the west, at an altitude of 168 meters. In modern times, the spa town has been visited for its supposedly natural healing properties, namely hot springs with sulphur, chlorine, sodium, calcium, magnesium and other minerals, as well as negatively ionized air. All kinds of people visited the town, but it was especially popular with employees and retirees spent their State-allotted holiday vouchers there, hoping to improve their health. Today, they share the town with a younger crowd. The new privately owned guesthouses and hotels came up after 1989, along the banks of the Cerna/Tiena River, spread out from the train station to the end of the hydroelectrical dam.
Domogled-Valea Cernei National Park
The Domogled-Valea Cernei National Park is a protected area as a national park category II IUCN, located in Romania, on the administrative territory of the Caras-Severin, Gorj and Mehedinţi counties. The National Park stretches across over the Cerna Mountains and Godeanu Mountains on the right side, in the Cerna River basin. The varied landscape such as the Banat black pine steep limestone, canyons with highly fluctuating streams flow, limestone peaks of the sub-Mediterranean vegetation, vast beech forests of high juniper mountains, mountain lakes, gorges and the steep limestone of remote hamlets in the mountains, gorges, sub-alpine meadows of troughs, unique thermal caves, the exceptional flora as well as a diverse fauna offer unique experiences to all nature lovers.
Donji Milanovac : Special city at the heart of the Djerdap National Park
Donji Milanovac is a special Serbian city with a very special history and wonderful surroundings, at the heart of the Djerdap National Park, the largest and probably the most beautiful of Serbia’s five national parks. At the spot where it crosses the Djerdap gorges, the Danube is the narrowest and deepest. In some regions, the gorge attains up to 300 metres high above the river. The national park’s office is in Donji Milanovac, a small town lying on the Danube River’s bank. In the 17th century, the town was called Banja. It was a small fishing village lying at the mouth of the Porec River. Several decades later, when King Milan Obrenovic founded the town of Gornji or Upper Milanova in central Serbia, at the foot of mount Rudnik, this town on the Danube, in eastern Serbia, was named Donji or Lower Milanovac.
Djerdap National Park
The Djerdap National Park stretches along the right bank of the Danube River, from the Golubac fortress up to the dam located near Sip, in Serbia. The main feature of the Djerdap National Park’s natural beauty is the Djerdap gorge, the famous Iron Gate. It is a grandiose gateway through the southern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains where the longest and most important river in ex-Yugoslavia is located. The Djerdap gorge, which is about 100 kilometres long, is in fact a river consisting of a valley made up of four gorges separated from each other by ravines. In Gospođin vir, one of the greatest river depths has been measured at 82 meters. The cliffs of the canyon in Kazanare are approximately 300 meters high while the river bed in this part narrows down to 150 meters.
The national park’s territory is filled with a series of other important features, particularly the abundant and diversified flora, animals and attractive surroundings, cultural landscapes and historical monuments and other tourist attractions including a lake formed by the construction of a hydroelectric power plant. The Djerdap National Park has become one of Serbia’s most visited tourist regions especially after the dam’s construction and the formation of the large lake. The gorge and the hydroelectric power plant can be visited from Belgrade and other cities downstream from it. The park has numerous tourist accommodations with hotel and other facilities. It offers tourists rest and swimming and visits of the cultural and historical monuments. Although the Danube is highly polluted according to international standards, fishing is still very popular.
Discovering Zajecar and its rock music festival
Zajecar is a city in the eastern part of Serbia. According to the 2011 census the town’s population was almost 60 000. Zajecar has a number of primary and secondary schools as well as the first private university established in Serbia, the Faculty of Management Megatrend University. Zajecar is widely known for its rock music festival Gitarijada which has existed for over 40 years and for the festival dedicated to contemporary art, ZALET. It is the administrative centre of the Zajecar District and the main town in the Timocka Krajina region.
Resita : ApartHotel Timex
Resita : Hotel Dusan si Fiul Resita Nord
Resita : Hotel Rogge
Resita : Central View
Baile Herculane : Pension Casa Natura
Baile Herculane : Diana Resort
Baile Herculane : Pension RouaDeMunte
Baile Herculane : Afrodita Resort & SPA