Today we’ll pass the mountains on our way back to Bucharest. These are the highest mountains in the country, that’s why – depending on the weather conditions – we’ll choose the safest way…
Our first choice is the Transfagarasan road, running on the top of the mountains.
The road connects Transylvania with Muntenia. The Transfagarasan rises to a height of 2134 meter (7,000 ft.) and has sharp hairpin turns. The landscape is fantastic, and wild, in the same time. Along this route there are 27 viaducts and bridges, and the longest road tunnel in Romania – 887 meters. We’ll also pass Vidraru Dam. With a length of 14km (over 6 miles), the lake is ranked 5th in Europe and 9th in the world.
If the weather or road conditions will not allow us to pass the mountains at their highest level, we’ll take the ‘low road’. Our second choice is Olt Defile.
You’ll be able to admire one of the most picturesque landscape of Romania. The road goes along the Olt River cutting the mountains, giving birth to a superb defile, and the longest in Romania (about 47km / 30miles). The defile was important (for military and commercial purposes) when Rome occupied the area during the 1st century BC to 2nd century AD, building roads and fortifications along the Olt to north of the Danube. We’ll stop to visit Arutela Roman Camp, a historical monument, dating from the roman age (years 137-138 b.c.).
On the South side of the mountains we’ll make a stop in Curtea de Arges, former capital of the Principality of Wallachia. We’ll have lunch here and, after that, I want to show you The Cathedral of Curtea de Argeș , a Romanian Orthodox cathedral, built between 1515 and 1517. According to the legend, the most beautiful Romanian monastery ever was built with human sacrifice. Many travelers to this land are calling it “one of the wonders of the world”.
Then we will continue our way back to Bucharest. As we’ll arrive to our hotel, we’ll rest for a while, since it was a ‘long’ day.
In the evening we’ll have a Farewell Dinner, where we’ll share impressions and exchange contact details – I have a feeling that this journey turned us into Friends…