Transluncani, a spectacular road which was built in the mountain

The Transluncani is a spectacular road which was built in the mountains and you will find it near the village of Luncanii de Jos, Timiș County. The construction of this road was finished in 2019 and it was built mainly to facilitate the access to the plateau where the locals have their lands. The plateau is at an altitude of around 700 meters. On the Translucani you will find many steep hairpin turns and sharp descents. The highest gradient is around 20%. It’s recommended to drive slowly and carefully because the road is very narrow and two cars can barely fit.

The Transluncani road is a smaller version of Transalpina or Transfăgărășan which currently are the most popular mountain passes in Romania.

Transluncani road.
The road at different altitudes.
The Transluncani road in the summer.
The mountains surrounding the Transluncani road.
Road drainage.
Sharp turn with the forest in the background.
The mountains which surrounds the Transluncani road.

Other things to visit in the area:

  • Valea lui Liman – This is a popular touristic complex which has a nice restaurant and a hotel. It’s only about 7 km away from Transluncani.
  • Sopot waterfall – This is another popular attraction in the area that you must visit.

Constanța Seafront

A couple of years ago, we visited the Romanian port city of Constanța which is located on the shores of the Black Sea. This city is about 220 km away from the capital city Bucharest. On our short trip, we visited the the Old Town where the majority of the touristic attractions are located.

The Casino in Constanța

The Casino is one the most important touristic attraction in the city of Constanța. You will find this building on the Constanța seafront, close to the port. The photos below were actually captured before the restauration of the Casino. As you can see, back then the entire building was neglected by the local authorities and it started slowly to deteriorate. I’m really curious how it will look after the restauration process will be finished.

The Casino in the city of Constanța.
The Casino before the restauration.
The Casino and the seafront in Constanța.

The Genovese lighthouse

Not far from the Casino, you will find the old Genovese lighthouse which was used until 1913. Today it only serves as a landmark along with other old buildings in the area. As an interesting fact, this lighthouse was visited by Price Carol I in 1879.

The Genovese lighthouse.

Near the port of Tomis

Continuing our walk on the seafront, we reached a large white building which today is actually the Fleet Command. Not very far from this place, you will find the port of Tomis.

The Fleet Command and the seafront.
The Black Sea and the entrance into the port of Tomis.

The port of Constanța

The port of Constanța is Romania’s largest port on the Black Sea. It’s actually a maritime and a river port as well because its connected to the Danube via the Danube-Black Sea canal. This way some of the cargo can be transported on the Danube to some European countries which doesn’t have maritime access.

The port of Constanța.
Large cranes and buildings in the port.

The Bicaz Gorge

The Bicaz Gorge can be found in the Cheile Bicazului-Hășmaș National Park, Romania. To be more precise, this National Park is located in the Eastern Carpathians Mountains. The gorge is actually not very far from the Red lake, which is another popular place in the area.

In the Bicaz Gorge, the road was built between the steep cliffs next to the Bicaz river. The national road is actually a passageway between the regions of Transylvania and Moldova. Along the road you will find many smaller shops from where you can buy various types of souvenirs.

The Piatra Altarului Mountain next to the Bicaz gorge.
The national road between steep cliffs.
Trees growing on a smaller cliff In the Bicaz gorge.
Shops and tourists next to the road.
Sunlight on the steep cliffs in the Bicaz gorge.
Piatra Altarului.

The Şopot waterfall in the Poiana Ruscă Mountains

The Şopot waterfall is located in the Poiana Poiana Ruscă Mountains, Romania. From Poieni, which is the last village before the waterfall, you’ll have to drive approximately 5 km on a forest road which is not asphalted. Don’t worry, you wont need a 4×4 car in order to get there.

Once you will arrived next to the sign which points to the Şopot waterfall, you will have to make a small hike to the waterfall because it’s located in the forest. The path is marked so you will find it very easily. Next to the waterfall you will find some wooden benches where you can take a short brake after the hike.

This Şopot waterfall is not as popular as the Bigăr waterfall but I highly recommend it, especially if you are in the area.

Wooden bridge close to the Şopot waterfall.
The Şopot stream flowing down from the waterfall.
Mountain stream flowing in the forest.
The Şopot waterfall