Interesting natural places in Romania (I)

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  After 5 days in Predeal knowing new people, walking through some mountain paths and eating potatoes and chicken almost every day, now I´m in Brasov doing my normal life, waking up every day early in order to go to the school, where the volunteers help children and also play games. During all these days I´ve had time for look for some interesting natural places in the country and that I finally I´ve sworn myself I´ll visit. 


1. Piatra Mare Mountains


During all these days we spent in Predeal (the Piatra Mare mountain range around us) I´ve decided to come back in some weeks and maybe sleep somewhere inside my new tent.






2. Moldoveanu peak

This is the highest point in Romania with 2544 meters. Predeal is the highest village in the country with 1400 meters high, but if you want to go to Moldoveanu´s top you should go Fagaras first. The mountain is located in  Făgăraş Mountains of the Southern Carpathians











3. Piatra Craiului National Park.


Zărneşti is the most important town for visiting the national park. 

The Piatra Craiului Mountains are a mountain range in the Southern Carpathians in Romania. In Romanian “Piatra Craiului” means “Rock of the King”.

The Piatra Craiului mountains form a narrow and saw-like ridge, which is about 25 km long. The highest elevation in the massif is the “Vârful La Om” with 2238 m.

The ridge is regarded as one of the most beautiful sights in the Carpathians. The two-day north–south ridge trail is both challenging and rewarding. Starting at either Plaiul Foii in the north-west or Curmătura in the north-east, walkers climb up to the ridge before following a somewhat precarious path along the narrow spine. The descent at the southern end leads into a karst landscape of deep gorges and pitted slopes where water penetrating the rock has carved a series of caves.

The whole range is included in the national park Parcul Naţional Piatra Craiului (Piatra Craiului National Park).

The first protection of this area started in 1938 when 4.4 km² were declared as a “Nature Reserve”. The Law 5/2000 enlarged this area to 148 km². In 2003 the external limits and internal zoning were created. Since 1999 a park administration has existed and since 2005 a management plan has been in place.

In the national park area about 300 fungi species, 220 lichen species, 100 different mosses, 1100 species of superior plants (a third of the number of all plant species found in Romania), 50 Carpathians endemic species and also two endemic species for Piatra Craiului can be found.

There are also 2 endemic species of spiders, 270 butterflies species, amphibians and reptiles, 110 birds species (50 listed in the Bern Convention and 6 in the Bonn Convention), 17 bats species, chamois and other large herbivores and also many large carnivores (wolvesbrown bearslynx) living in the national park. 

The massif is bordered in the west by the Dâmbovița Valley which separates it from the Păpuşa massif; in the north-west the river Bârsa and Curmătura Foiiseparates it from the Făgăraș Mountains and in the east the “Rucăr-Bran Passage” delimits it from the Bucegi and Leaotă mountains. The southern border is the confluence of the valleys of Dâmbovița and Dâmbovicioara rivers, in the “Podul Damboviţei” depression.








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