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

On the TransSemenic: Beautiful vantage point

After we left lake Trei Ape, we made a final stop on the TransSemenic road a couple of kilometers after the village of Brebu Nou. As we drove up into the mountains, the sun started to disappear into the clouds and it started slowly to snow with pretty large snow flakes. The place where we stopped is actually a smaller plateau which is located at an altitude of approximately 900 m. From up there the entire scenery is visible, including the village of Brebu Nou, a smaller part of Gărâna and the Semenic Mountains. We even found a fresh layer of snow next to a forest not far from the TransSemenic road.

After taking some photos, we continued our road trip towards Slatina-Timiș. After this point, the road goes slowly down into the valley until Slatina-Timiș.

Incoming snow clouds close to Brebu Nou.
The village of Brebu Nou.
Fresh snow between the Semenic mountains.
The Gărâna depression.