The Carpathian Mountains (Munții Carpați) are a continuation of the Alps on the territory of Romania. They are comprised of 3 large ranges – Southern (Meridionali), Eastern (Orientali) and Western (Occidentali) and occupy around a third of the country’s surface area. The Carpathians offer views that are as varied as they are seductive and they are the ideal place for alpine sports and hiking.
Western Carpathians (Carpații Occidentali)
The Apuseni Mountains in the Western Carpathians offer varied landscapes and unusual natural formations. They contain numerous subterranean galleries with lakes, waterfalls and caves. Scărișoara, Meziad and the Cave of Bears are the only caves appropriately equipped for tourists. Lately, the Apuseni receive more and more tourists, due to the creation of an excellent network of hiking trails. Adrenaline lovers have the chance to try mountain climbing in the Cerna Valley and rafting in Nera Gorges.
Between the Carpathians and the Balkans, on the border with Serbia, for a distance of 145 km, the Danube cuts the mountains’ stone and flows through the so called Cauldrons (Iron Gates). Enjoy the scenery, try the water sports and accommodate in one of the welcoming pensions on the Danube’s banks.