Sep 25, 2013

Brasov Travel Tips: The Starting Point for Your Hiking Vacations in Romania


Located 176 kilometers from Bucharest, Brasov is a lovely and highly visited resort city in Transilvania, Romania. The beauty of the surrounding Carpathian mountains make Brasov travel a draw for tourists, especially those with a love of the outdoors. Skiers, bikers and hikers all find Brasov a little "heaven", one filled with trails and opportunities to explore the natural world.

Hiking vacations are easy to plan when you're looking into Brasov travel. This area of Romania has four distinct seasons, and there is something unique to enjoy in all of them.

In spring, you might want to travel to the nearby Ciucas Mountains. Their unusual limestone formations are interesting in any season, but spring provides a window of opportunity to view carpets of magenta rhododendron blossoms. This area is located not far from the resort town of Cheia. Hikes start at the Cabana Muntele Rosu, a chalet that takes its "red mountain" name from the prevalence of the bright flowers in spring.

Brasov travel in spring

The Bucegi Mountains, south of Brasov, can be a wonderful part of your travel in summer. This region is especially good when planning hiking vacations, as the hiking trails through the many nature preserves showcase a huge variety of plants, including gorgeous orchids and other plants native only to this area. If you're looking for a challenge when hiking in Romania, you might want to tackle Omu, the highest mountain peak in this range at over 2500 meters. Hiking in Romania is replete with challenges: even more difficult hikes can be found in the rocky Alp-like Fagaras Mountains, which are dotted with glacial lakes.

Hiking vacations in summer - bucegi mountains

Anyone looking into Transilvania travel will likely be interested in the history of the region. Include a stop at Bran Castle, also known as Dracula's castle.

The fall colors are stunning on many of the mountainsides. The Rasnov Forest is especially beautiful in the autumn and the views are spectacular if you visit Rasnov Fortress as well and ideally for a bike trip, as it is easily accessible from the city of Brasov via a bike trail. For spectacular autumn views, you will also enjoy time in Piatra Craiului National Park, which includes hiking trails, rock climbing opportunities, forests, caves, nature observatories to view deer, brown bears and other wildlife, horseback riding opportunities and mountain villages you can visit.

View towards bucegi mountains - hiking in romania

As you plan your Transilvania travel for winter, skiing may be high on your itinerary. The 1799 meter Postavaru Peak shadows the Poiana Brasov ski resort. This resort is considered one of the best around, with tracks for skiers of differing skill levels and even a skating rink.

Winter vacations in Romania - Postavaru view

Take a look at some of the fascinating Romanian travel tours that Active Holidays has to offer. Whether you're traveling alone or with a family or group, and interested in hiking, skiing, extreme sports, nature photography or other activities, Romania has something exciting to offer in every season.

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