Sep 02

TWO LEGENDARY LAKES IN THE MIDST OF THE ROMANIAN CARPATHIANS

You cannot talk about places to visit in the Romanian Western Carpathians without mentioning the natural beauty that unfolds in front of your eyes with every step that you take, while visiting Nera Gorge. Mountain lovers will start on the red line trail, 9-10 hours along the Nera River to admire the wild beauty of the area. Starting point: Sopotu Nou. Arrival point: Sasca Montana, or vice versa. You move on to Devil’s Lake, pass through Ogasul Porcului and La Carlige, where you have to cross the Nera River, then reach  Dubova Cave; then you get to the Tower of Beg and Damian’s Canton, then Caraula Hill and the Bridge of the Bei, then pass through tunnels dug into rock. During spring and early summer you can go rafting on the Nera River. It is more difficult, almost impossible to perform this kind of fun during the dry months when water falls below acceptable in some places.

In the Nera – Beusnita Natural Park, you’ll leave the car (in case you get up there by personal car) to the Trout Pools and you shall start walking towards the Eye of the Lake of the Bei, which is the first priority of the route (the second will be Beusnita Waterfall). After about an hour of walking on a reasonable route, you will reach to a lake with turquoise water, transfixed in the heart of the woods, surrounded by shady trees. The karst lake is fed by a spring (and this is the reason why it never freezes during winter time), it has a depth of about 3.5 meters and an area of 284 square meters. The fascinating color is due to carbon dioxide and limestone on the bottom of the lake, which is so clear that can catch a glimpse of the playful fish.

There are a lot of legends and superstitions related to this particular lake. One of them says that once a Turkish odious who possessed this land had a son with blue eyes, who was madly in love with a local woman, whom he noticed in the Flower Glade. Their love story soon reached to the ears of the Turk, who was terribly upset that his son was in love with a Wallachian. So he sent his soldiers to kill his own son. Hearing about his father’s decision, the lover got so upset that he started to cry continuously, and then he decided to end his life. It is said that the lake was formed from the tears of the young Turkish prince gliding from his blue eyes.

Initially an underground lake, emerging from the cave of the same name, the Devil’s Lake reached the current form by the collapse of the ceiling of the cave. In order to be able to see it, you have to leave from Sasca Romana towards Damian’s Canton, then Vogiun’s Glade and then a descent to the lake adjoining the Nera river bank. Another option is from Sasca to Carbunari and Sopotul Nou, and then on a forest road and continue downhill from its half.

The name of this blue-green pool also comes from another rather peculiar legend (there are several legends and the place is full of such fascinating folklore tales, but this seems to be the most popular): they say that it was an old pastor who lead his goats around this lake . At one point a little man appeared on his path, who asked him to fry a fish without bending its shape because of the fire.

The old men agreed, but he also asked the little fellow to fry for him a goat’s head without it showing its teeth. The old pastor fried the fish and the fish kept its shape, but obviously the teeth of the goat surfaced after placing it on the fire and it was completely burned. The little man got angry and felt as if he got beguiled, the little man jumped in the lake while the old man said to himself that he had just met the Devil – which is why the name of the pool remained the Devil’s Lake.

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Aug 18

THREE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CASCADES IN THE ROMANIAN CARPATHIANS

The western Carpathians on the territory of Romania are the home of some of the most beautiful natural sights in the country. The amazing natural treasures are beginning to gain popularity and worldwide fame and and also a greater number of tourists who are impressed by the fairy tale –like scenery, clean air and the habitability of the locals.  There are many things to be seem in these surroundings, but let us start getting acquainted to the area by being introduced to three of the most beautiful cascades that you can imagine.

Susara Cacade

Susara Waterfall is on the easiest route that you can take (the sign of the blue cross): from Sasca Montana on the Susara river, about 40 minutes of quiet walking with a side a little more difficult when you have to do balancing along a wall so you do not fall into the river that is 20 centimeters deep. The two-stage waterfall is about 15 meters high and the water falls on a thin wire, on a steep rock covered in green moss, in a crystalline pool. You can include Susara on a longer route, about 4 hours long, which includes the Devil’s Lake endpoint, through Cracu Porcului and The Seats – two of the stops that will offer you a great view.

Vaioaga Waterfall

Located in the Nera- Beusnita National Park, on Bei River, Vaioaga Waterfall is one of the most beautiful in the entire country. It can be reached on foot from the park entrance (where you pay a fee of 5 lei), following the road to the Trout Basin or by car, on the same country road. After 2 km, on the right, you will see the panel that signals the presence of the waterfall. Descend a few meters and you will find yourself in a beautiful natural setting, whose central attraction – Vaioaga – will surround you with it’s hectic and neverending song, protected by a tree trunk whose dramatic diagonal increases its beauty.

Bigar Cascade

A few years ago, the site of the World Geography wrote about Bigar cascade, including it in the top ten most beautiful waterfalls in the world. Situated on the 45th parallel, the DN57b, 12 kilometers from the town of Bozovici, the waterfall has indeed a special beauty, being fed by a spring which flows into the water of the Minis river. Its peculiarity is that water flows evenly on a huge mushroom-shaped rock, “dressed” in green moss.

The waterfall is very easy to find, situated right on the road between Anina and Bozovici. During the busy and crowded days, the parked cars block the naval lane. Due to the fact that little has been added to the environment and the road is almost as rough as possible, with no particular urban-development, the waterfall can be photographed from above high, and descending to the base of the “mushroom”, from any possible and impossible agle.

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