Ancient Dacian Fortresses in Romania
The most well known and preserved Dacian Fortress from Romania is Sarmizegetusa, and in the same area there are a lot of other ruins of fortresses build to protect Dacian kings residence from Sarmizegetusa.
Our short trip will present you the most important places and will help you to make a clear image about Dacian occupancy in Romania.
|MINIMUM GROUP SIZE:||10 person|
|WEAR||Hiking clothes, hiking shoes, rain gear.|
|PRICE|| 449 euro/person in double room|
→IMPORTANT NOTE: Single Supplement – 35 euro/person
Discover Romania’s ancient fortresses built by the Dacians to protect their lands and people against the invaders, more specifically, against the Romans. Imposing military but also religious edifices, they testify the existence of a powerful people that led their life on Romania’s territory.
We will begin our journey in the heart of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, finding our way to the vicinity of Capalna village in Alba County. The fortress wearing the same name was built by the Dacian leader Burebista and is situated on a hill that dominates Sebes valley. Unreachable until the Romans conquered it, now it can be visited by tourists.
Next we head steps towards Hunedoara County where the Dacian Fortress Costesti located in Orastie Mountains represents a major attraction. Included in the UNESCO Heritage List it had a military purpose, to defend the territory but also served as residence for the Dacian kings.
The tour travel will arrive at Costesti-Blidaru where after almost an hour long foot trip we will reach the fortress that was the most powerful defense system in the Sarmizegetusa Regia area and is very well preserved even today.
The tourists will discover yet another ancient Dacian ruin in Bosorod, Hunedoara, called Red Stone. Surrounded by beautiful scenery, what is left of the fortification belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is part of the National Park Gradistea.
We will make the next stop at Banita where we will get the chance to see another fortification founded by Burebista, reconstructed by king Decebal and finally destroyed by the Dacian-Roman wars. The tourists will find accommodation in Hateg region.
The last and most important destination in the amazing tour of the ancient fortresses of Romania is Sarmizegetusa Regia, located in the village Gradistea de Munte. Religious, political and military center, the fortress was the residence of the Dacian kings and families thanks to its strategical defense points. Prior to the wars with the Roman Empire, Sarmizegetusa Regia represented the most famous Dacian citadel, with sacred zones and residences of the nobility.
Finally, we will head back to Cluj-Napoca left with some memorable pictures of the old fortresses and enriched with stories about the ancient peoples of Romania.
Bus / Minibus