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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