Romania is one of the countries of Eastern Europe preferred by motorcyclists for scenic roads such as La Transalpina and Transfăgărășan.
The "Romanian Alps" in fact exceed two thousand meters of altitude and the roads that run through them offer exciting views of the wild nature of Romania. So many curves, hairpin bends and fascinating itineraries to discover the Carpathian Mountains by motorbike.
La Transalpine, also known as "Kings Road“, Cross the mountains of machete and connects the cities of Novaci a Sebes and the counties of Gorj, Valcea, Sibiu and Alba. Being at an altitude of over two thousand meters, it is not uncommon to see snowflakes falling even in midsummer, for this reason it is closed or hardly practicable in the colder seasons.
The road dates back to the early twentieth century at the behest of King Charles II to connect the two regions ofOtenia and Transylvania, but it was only in 2007 that the road was radically modernized and made safer. The highest point of the road is located at step Urdele at 2.145 meters above sea level
Our route starts from the town of Novaci, a small town of just over 6 thousand inhabitants, located in the district of Gorj, in the historical region of Oltenia. From here, follow the a 67C towards Rânca, a location wanted by the Romanian government to promote local tourism and resembles the European mountain towns.
The road becomes more winding and fun, but always pay attention to the road surface, which is not exactly perfect. From Obârșia Lotrului, a small resort for skiers and mountain lovers, you can detour by taking the 7A to visit the Vidra Lake. Returning to the 67C, one encounters another artificial but very suggestive basin, Lake Oasa, between the districts of Sibiu and Alba, followed by Tău Bistra lake.
The ancient fortress of Căpâlna, which is located about ten km before Sebes, was built by the Dacians in the second half of the XNUMXst century BC as a military defense, but could not resist the invasion of the Romans by Trajan.