Zarnesti Canyon (Prapastiile Zarnestilor) - Trekking in Romania
Road to the Zarnesti Gorges
Forests, grasslands, gorges, canyons, subterranean caves, volcanic lakes - all these make Romania a paradise for trekking, hiking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding and all kinds of other outdoorsy activities.
The Gorges are located about 5 km from the Zarnesti city center, and they spread out for about 3 km, offering amazing views, a good cardio workout and the possibility to practice rock climbing for the aficionados.
This deep and narrow limestone canyon was formed by the collapse of a cave roof. The gorge itself can only be explored on foot - taking anywhere from a 30 minutes stroll to a full 3 hour exploration.
Also, it is a great spot for wildlife watching - with 40-80 m high walls, it provides the opportunity to spot rare birds like Wallcreepers, Alpine swifts, Crag Martins, and also to admire impressive Jurassic geological formations.
You may also recognize these landscapes from the dramatic closing scenes of "Cold Mountain", featuring Nicole Kidman and Jude Law. It is a beautiful place to just enjoy yourself, clear your mind, breathe in the fresh air and connect with nature.
If you want to stay overnight in Zarnesti, head out to Motorom Lodge - it is a quaint little complex, offering food and accommodation, very clean and inviting, with absolutely amazing hosts and amazing views. They offer multiple activities, from rock climbing, to enduro, ATV riding, bike tours and sledding in the winter, so make sure to check them out if you want to get the most out of your weekend getaway!
|Rock Climbing Training Wall at Motorom Lodge|
|Bungalow Complex at Motorom Lodge|
|The dog and the vintage car seemed to be good friends|