“This is the best road in the world”
– said Jeremy Clarkson about Transfagarasan Highway – in a Top Gear episode while comparing it to a race track.🌍🚘💚
But Transfagarasan hides so much more behind the amazing driving experience! Connecting the south of Romania with Transylvania, going straight through the massive Carpathians, crossing five tunnels, carved in rock with 6,500 tons of dynamite.
More than 150 kilometres in length the Transfagarasan Highway is Romania’s most spectacular and best known road and, thanks to an appearance on BBC Top Gear in 2009. Now one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions and officially the Best Road in the World.
Fully open only from June to October, the road’s highest point is at 2042 meters: the tunnel which links the northern and southern sides at Lake Balea (Balea Lac).
I started at Cartisoara and ended at Curtea De Arges. It takes hours to drive down, and can be way longer than you think.
While ascending from Cartisoara, the dense pine forests is replaced with the views of rocks, jagged edges and meadows. Oh did I mention how nice is to enjoy the silence?! <3
Take a look!
Of course I stop so many times on the way up. But no worries – there are plenty of places where you can pull over to the side of the road and hop out to enjoy the breath taking views.
After you cross the most spectacular part of the Transfagarasan we’re going to enjoy a good coffee and some traditional food at the Balea Lake Restaurant.
You can also choose for a night or more in this spectacular place and you have here two comfortable pensions: Cabana Balea Lac and Cabana Paltinu.
During winter the road is closed but there is a cable car which provides access to the cabins and anddd pam pam you will be amazed by the ICE HOTEL – where you can actually rent a room for the night. How cool is that right?!
Enough talking for the moment – I’ll let you enjoy some crazy landscapes!
The Top of the Transfagarasan – Balea Lake
The Fagaras Mountains are extremely popular and loved by the hikers. You will find here some of the best hiking terrain in Europe.
Tens of well-marked routes criss-crossing the mountains are at your disposal and are dotted by mountain huts offering basic food and accommodation.
At Balea Lake you can pick up a good number of routes, including one which leads down to Balea Cascada, and one which goes up to Negoiu Peak: at 2525m the tallest mountain in the Fagaras range and the second tallest in Romania.
PLEASE!!! Do not attempt any hiking in the Fagaras unless you are well equipped for bad weather, have decent boots and have a good map: the Fagaras mountains are not for the casual walker.
TIP: This great website allows you to see all the marked trails in the Fagaras. – Give it a try and enjoy your options.