Romania landscape is so diverse and eye-pleasing that one could say this country has been blessed. Every picture taken in the wild mountains or by the seashore is Instagram worthy. It’s no wonder that every year Romania attracts foreign tourists in search of nature tours filled with glimpses of wildlife and spectacular mountain scenery.
Romania landscape – the mountains
Romania is home to the beautiful Carpathian Mountains. Wild and varied in landscape, they delight the travelers with high peaks, lush forests, narrow canyons and deep caves. Furthermore, the Carpathians are highly accessible and offer trails both for the adventure-driven travelers and the slow-paced ones.
Just near the city of Brașov there are several trails that offer both fresh air and adventure. Piatra Craiului massif is well known for its difficult trails but also for the narrow gorge that cuts it and the traditional mountain villages, Peștera and Măgura.
A Bucharest Day Trip: Easy Hike in the Piatra Craiului Mountains gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful Zărnești Gorge and experience the authentic traditional village life in the picturesque settlements at the foothills of the mountain.
A short drive from Brașov travelers can test their courage in The 7 ladder canyon, a narrow passage through high stone walls deep in Piatra Mare mountains. Beautiful waterfalls and lush forest are included.
Bucegi Mountains are not to be missed and in just a day trip from Bucharest, one can discover all of their beauty. Here lie some of the most popular mountain resorts in Romania. Also, they are home to the spectacular Peleș Castle. But high above, they reveal even greater beauty and wonders: Babele and The Sphinx, natural rock formations.
Of course, no Romania landscape exploring is completed without the Transfagarasan. The best road trip in the world according to Top Gear. The winding highway cuts through Romania’s highest mountains and delights with both mountain views, glacier lakes, and waterfalls. As a bonus, the high alpine road connects some major Romania landmarks that should not be missed.
Romania landscape – the delta
The Danube Delta in Romania is the second largest river delta in Europe. It is ever growing and home to thousands of species of birds, fish, and mammals. Furthermore, along with Razin-Sinoe lagoon, it is listed as Unesco World Heritage Site.
Dobrogea, the region that includes the Danube Delta, is a traveler’s paradise. With a population of different ethnical background (Turkish, Greek, Slavs etc), ancient ruins and specific fish based dishes, the Danube Delta offers an unique experience.
One should spend at least a week here in order to fully understand and taste the region. But for the traveler short on time, a more convenient glimpse into a delta landscape is a day trip to Comana Lake near Bucharest.
Surrounded by hills and forests, Comana Natural Park is the perfect destination for those that are passionate about photography, bird-watching or wildlife and flora. Also available are boat tours, biking, zip-lining in the adventure park and, of course, fishing.
And I’m sure one would not expect to find Dracula here, but actually, you can visit the Monastery of Comana which was established by Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century.
Please keep in mind: a trip to Romania must be always done with comfortable shoes. You’ll discover so many beautiful places that you will not want to stop walking.