Sebes Valley (Romanian: Valea Sebesului) is set on Sebes River course, starting from the city of Sebes and ending close to Surianu Mountains located in the Carpathian Mountains. This wonderful valley creates high mountain slopes among which people can discover small villages. Sebes Valley is also known as the Valley of the Beautiful Woman and has a length of 93 km. It is interesting to know that at the unification of Valley of the Beautiful Woman and Salanele Valley is created an artificial lake made by Oasa Mare Dam.

The name Sebes comes from Hungarian word “sebes” which means quick. Sebes Valley passes through three different relief forms – mountains, Piedmont hills and valleys terraced. The traditional folk costume of Sebes combines the sobriety and elegance of white and black. Traditional customs have pastoralism as a main habit, because Sebes is a hilly region.However the most significant attraction of this place is the landscapes with all its mountain scenery, glacial circuses and natural monuments and reserves.

Transalpina crosses Oasa Mare Dam and offers spectacular scenarios above Valea Sebesului. Also Transalpina connects Sebes city with the city of Novaci. On the road of Transalpina tourists can see the Tau-Bistra Lake and Obreja Dam from Capalna village. Close to Tau-Bistra Dam it can be found the Cliff or the Table Giant/Jew. This is a large stab of crystalline schist which sits in equilibrium on a hilltop.Visiting Sebes Valley area, travelers can discover

Varful lui Patru (2130) which is the highest peak from Sureanu Mountains. From this peak visitors can see and feel the greatness of this wonderful place. For all those who love mountains sports, we recommend Sureanu Mountains zone where there is the “Heaven’s Gate” ski area special made for this winter sport.

Also, in the same area, people can discover Iezerul Sureanu also known as bottomless lake. This glacial lake has a particular color – green turquoise shade and tourist should not miss visiting this beautiful part of Romania.

Cugir-Singidava Citadel is the oldest fortress from Carpathian Mountains and is located on Sebes Valle road. It has an excellent strategically position and in 1868 archaeologists discovered a Dacian hoard of silver coins with approximate 200 coins. On Sugag village visitors can enjoy the Natural Reservation “Luncile Prigoanei” which springs on over 15 hectares.

Sebes Valley is an area unknown by the travelers, but it has plenty tourist attractions waiting to be discovered.

The Rucar – Bran Pass, also called in English the Bran Pass, is a mountain pass in Romania, linking Brasov and Arges counties. It has some of the most spectacular natural views in Romania, looking over the Bucegi Mountains of the Southern Carpathians.

In 1382, Bran Castle was built by the Transylvanian Saxons of Brasov to defend the Pass from the Ottomans. In the year 1413, a customs post in the Pass was licensed by the ruler of Wallachia. This charged a duty on all goods brought through the Pass. Southwards the usual trade route ran to Cetateni, branching out to Popesti and Hirsova.

The highest point reaches around 1254 meters.  On the 22.5 km of the Rucar pass, tourists can enjoy the fresh air, tranquility and splendid fairy tale landscape. All year around there is a real show of colors. Also The Rucar – Bran Pass is famous by keeping Romanian traditions. Only here Romanian people and international guests can try the national tasty cheese in fir bark, homemade cheese and whey, buttermilk or lumps of corn mush. The meal is prepared using old techniques inherit from their ancestors and in this way people are interested to taste their dishes. Landladies are very proud of their homemade products and visitors who ask about their appetizing meal will receive full response about recipe.

Tourists who visit this location in the last Saturday in September are very lucky to participate in a festivity named: Sheep Ravishing Feast.

The fete symbolizes the end of the season that is celebrated with traditional dances like: Romanian hora and singing songs. In the Center of Village are organizing competitions which named the shepherd of the year and landlady of the best homemade cheese. Also travelers can see animals exhibit and tasting exhibition of cheese and pastrami which is very popular on this celebrating day.

Another interesting show is the gastronomic exhibition which takes place on the Plateau Queen’s Heart (Romanian: Platoul Inima Reginei) near Bran’s Castle, known worldwide as Dracula’s Castle. Gastronomic exhibition is goodly, because of its traditional household copies:  soft goods, furs, ceramics, breeds of cattle, sheep and horses presentation.

At one’s elbow visitors can visit the splendid Dracula’s Castle, dated from 1212. The medieval castle is known by its Gothic elements and Renaissance pieces. Another tourist attraction is Bats’ Cave, which is located at the altitude of 1000 meters,  and is opening beauty views of Rucar – Bran Pass.

This tour is dedicated to people with high food cravings and nature lovers.

The Bicaz Gorge is a beautiful canyon in Romania, situated in the north-east part of the country, in Neamt and Harghita counties. In comparison with other tourist locations, this one is differently through its provenance that is absolute natural make by the river that has carved the rock decades ago.

The gorge was excised by the waters of Bicaz River and it serves as a passageway between the Romanian provinces of Moldova and Transylvania. The road along the 8 kilometers of ravines, often in serpentine with rock on one side and a sheer drop on the other is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. Also travelers need to know that Bicaz Gorge is a national protected area. This natural “architecture” was included in the “Cheile Bicazului Hasmas National Park”. The park administration is located in Izvorul Muresului, Harghita County.

The park’s most important geological features are Cheile Bicazului (Bicaz Gorges), a deep canyon dug by the Bicaz River, Lacul Rosu (the Red Lake) – a natural dam lake, and the Hasmas Mountains. The parks area is divided into two zones: the special conservation zone (78%), and the protection zone (22%). Withal you can stop nearby for dining outdoors with family or friends, enjoying the tranquility of nature.

Furthermore, travelers who love photography this is the perfect place to immortalize the best moments, when man is closer to the wildlife. The special name of the lake comes from the reddish alluvium deposited in the lake by the Red Creek. The lake falls within the jurisdiction of the municipality of Gheorgheni. Besides historical and real facts about this natural miracle that captivate every soul, locals have set a legend of love about rocks provenience.

The tourists that visited this location know that the Bicaz Gorge is the result of lovely story between sunshine and granite rock. They met each other on every sunrise, and it was really true love connection. But one day, the rain decided to break their heart because of the unrequited love for the rock. The jealous water destroyed the splendor of the rock and in every year the rock is getting smaller and the sunshine is not able to see it again. After decades, the rock turned into sand and the water covered it’s formed with rocks forever.

Thus the endless views are waiting for new visitors and guests to share their beauty and splendor.

Tihuta Pass, known as Borgo Pass, is one of the most beautiful and mystical passers roads, located in the mountains across Europe. From the ancient times, is the main gateway between Moldova to Transylvania, and vice-versa. Tihuta Pass is a famous roud, and during time people crossed it only by foot or cart. Nowadays, it’s a National Road. Its a high mountain pass in the Romanian Bargau Mountains (Eastern Carpathian Mountains), connecting Bistrita (Transylvania) with Vatra Dornei (Bucovina and Moldavia).

This pass is famous because of Bram Stoker’s novel  “Dracula”, where termed as “the Borgo Pass”, it was portrayed as a gateway to the realm of Count Dracula. Stoker most likely found the name on a contemporary map. It looks like he never actually visited the area.

Today this pass is home to Hotel “Castel Dracula”. The hotel was built in 1974 and is located at an elevation of 1,116 m (3,661 ft.). It has become quite an attraction due to its architectural style of a medieval villa, as well as the sheer beauty of the location.

Historical mark

The old trade route was abandoned in the early XIX century. The road that goes through Tihuta Pass now, and was built at the initiative of the Council of War of the Austro-Hungarian Army between 1812 – 1817. In 1969 the first road was paved, then asphalt.

Nearby tourist attractions

Close to Tihuta Pass, tourists can visit Tinovul Poiana Stampei which is a natural reservation protected by law. This natural reservation was declared a protected area (forested swamps oligotrophic), that hosts a diverse range of vegetation hygrophyte (specific wetlands), being protected by the European Union.Stone Fantanele Tourist Resort (1201 m) is another interesting place to visit. Here they can find a copy of the hotel imagined by Bram Stoker in Dracula; there are also ski slopes, toboggan for travelers to have fun. In this same area is the Monastery Stone Fantanele, home for a a high metal cross, with a height of 31 m.Nearby there, northward, is the Kindergarten Step (in Romanian: Pasul Gradinita), to northwest is the Mestecanis Step, to the east is the famous Step Paltinis and in southeast is the Step Branch (in Romanian: Pasul Creangă).Besides the breathtaking landscape, this area has an artificial accumulation lake named Colibita Lake. Colibita Lake has become since its formation, one of the main tourism resources from Bistrita-Nasaud County, and its sides are studded with numerous cottages and holiday homes. Follow Dracula in a journey of a lifetime.

The highest road in Romania, reaches the altitude of 2145 m in Urdele Pass, the road crosses the Parang Mountains, part of the Carpathian Mountains.

The road connects Novaci (Gorj County) with Sebes (Alba County), with a total length of 148 km.

The name of the road comes from Latin: “Transalpina” – The country beyond the mountains, it was the named used by old maps and it was also named “The kings road”, because in 1938 King Carol II, after rebuilding it, with his entire family crossed the mountains on this road.

Although much older, higher and more beautiful than Transfagarasan is less known, because Transalpina classified as national road , it was paved only in 2009.

Transalpina was built by the Roman armies on their way to Sarmisegetusa, paved with stones by King carol II, and rehabilitated by Germans in World War II, and then forgotten by Romanian authorities.

Because was hard to access the road with normal cars and was forgotten by many years, helped to keep untouched wilderness and charm of this road. It is among the few roads on which you can reach the clouds and even above them.

Today Transalpina can be crossed during the summer period usually from the end of May until Oktober, but it depends on the wheather.


Transfagarasan road – The best road in the world

The Transfăgărășan road was showcased in a section of the British TELEVISION program Top Gear (November 2009 – Transfagarasan top gear edition). Host Jeremy Clarkson declared that the Transfăgărășan was “the best road on the world,” a title the speaker had actually formerly provided to the Stelvio Pass in Italy.

The Transfăgărășan was built between 1970 and 1974 under the guideline of Nicolae Ceaușescu, and as an action to the 1968 intrusion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceaușescu intended to guarantee fast army accessibility through the mountains in case of a Soviet intrusion.

The Transfagarasan road starts Bascov Village, Arges County near Pitesti and it ends at the intersection with DN1 road between Sibiu and Brasov, near Cartisoara, with a total length of 151 km, crossing the Fagaras Mountains.

The most spectacular part of the road is 91 km long, and it is situated between Vidraru dam and Cartisoara .

The national road named Transfagarasan connects the historical region Transylvania with Wallachia, crossing the Fagaras Mountains the highest mountains from Carpathian mountains in Romania, reaching an altitude of 2042 m high near Balea lake.

The roadway was formally opened on 20 September 1974, although some development works continued until 1980.

It is both a destination as well as a challenge for walkers, bikers and also motorbike fanatics.
The roadway also offers accessibility to Balea Lake and Balea Waterfall.

The Transfăgărășan roadway is generally close from late October till late June as a result of snow. Depending upon the Transfagarasan weather condition, Transfagarasan opening times – it could stay open till late November, or could be close also in the summer season.

The Transfagarasan has much more passages (a total amount of 5) and also viaducts compared to any other roadway in Romania. Near the acme, at Balea Lake, the roadway goes through Balea Tunnel, the lengthiest roadway passage in Romania:884 m (2,900 feet).

With Tour Travel by Odas Global Consulting you can visit top romanian roads: Transfagarasan road (described above) and Transalpina Road .