Anyone that likes to drive has a favorite road. For some, it’s a forest road invaded by greenery or an excursion on the hills near the clouds, having a panoramic view of the mountains. For others, it’s a coastal road with a cool sea breeze.
Despite all of the personal favorites, there are some stunning roads in Romania that beg to be driven on.
Here are 9 roads in Romania you won't want to miss in this lifetime.
This road is the highest in Romania, reaching 2 145 m in Pasul Urdele and it got its name from the Latin word “Transalpina”, which means the land beyond the mountains. Transalpina is nicknamed “King’s Road” because after it was reconstructed in 1938, King Charles II and the royal family inaugurated it by taking a trip on the road.
Named the “the best road in the world” by the Top Gear team in 2009, Transfagarasan has enjoyed great popularity among the most beautiful roads in the world since.
It is the second highest road in Romania and is known for its spectacular landscapes. It has 151 km of road curves and twists perfectly for driving enthusiasts, but also for those who want to admire the beauty of nature in a unique location.
3. Trans – Rarau
This is the highway from the Moldovan mountains, which connect Bistrita Valley (from Ciril) to Moldova (to Pojorâta). This road makes it easier for tourists to access the lodge from Rarau, Pietrele Doamnei and Rarau Monastery.
The route is called the Treasure Road by locals and officials, due to its connection to Pietrele Doamnei.
4. Cheile Bicazului (Bicaz Gorge)
Bicaz Gorge is crossed by the road that links Harghita and Neamt counties, passing through the center of Hasmas Mountains. This is a narrow pass linking Transylvania to Moldova, which was dug along Bicaz river and now outlines beautiful valleys and gorges. Probably the most spectacular part of this road is DN12C, the Transcarpathian road that links Gheorgheni and Bicaz. Nearby you can visit the Red Lake, and other natural wonders of the Cheile Bicazului-Hasmas National Park.
5. Cazanele Dunarii
Cazanele Dunarii offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. It is a part of the Defileul Dunarii, also locally known as Clisura Dunarii and crosses the Carpathian Mountains at the border between Romania and Serbia near the Iron Gates. The road that crosses this area is bordered by water, on one side, and by abrupt rock-walls, on the other side, offering a unique scenery.
One of the most stunning sights – the tallest stone statue in Europe – is the face of Decebal. There is a legend that connects this statue with the Romanian Giants known as Jidovi.
6. Cheile Gradistei
Located near the city of Brasov, Cheile Gradistei includes two outstanding mountain resorts: Bran and Fundata. The road is placed around the Fundata holiday village between Bran and Rucar. Passing through Bucegi Mountains and Piatra Craiului Mountains and rising up from the valley floor, the road offers a sublime picturesque view and also access to a lot of natural attractions such as Piatra Craiului National Park and the hiking trails from Prapastiile Zarnestilor, the Natural Reserve at Chisatoare, Pestera Dambovicioara, Pestera cu lilieci (Bats Cave) and Vidraru Lake.
7. Trans – Semenic
Named Transalpina Banat, Trans – Semenic links Valiug to Slatina-Timis. It was inaugurated in early December 2014 after a rehabilitation that lasted five years. Although it is not yet fully finished, and shortens the usual road to Semenic with 50 km, Trans – Semenic is already considered to be amongst the most spectacular mountain roads in Romania. It has 36 kilometers of winding road through the forests of Caras-Severin, leaving a lump in the throat to the travelers at every dangerous turn.
8. Pasul Tihuta
It is in the heart Bârgău Mountains, being crossed by DN17 and E58. The road connects Transylvania and Bucovina through this spectacular road at 1 227m altitude. You should know, however, that this is one of the most difficult roads to travel, but you will have the opportunity to admire a landscape that will make the trip more than pleasant.
9. Valea Oltului
Situated between Ramnicu Valcea and Vesterm, valea Oltului offers an unspeakable view, a mosaic of history, monuments, legends, nature and gastronomy that you can only discover by traveling in silence, enjoying the trip to the smallest detail. Having a distance of almost 90 kilometers, the road is bordered by the steep slopes of Capatani Mountains and Lotru Mountains, on one side, and by Olt river, on the other side, thereby forming Olt River Gorge – one of the longest in the country, with a length of 47 kilometers.
So, what’s your favorite road?