SURROUNDINGS

Vidra Lake is one of the highest artificial lakes in Romania, dating from 1972. This place can offer some really great moments to those who love nature, through its silence, fresh air and great green forests that are surrounding the lake. It has a surface of 12.4 km² and a volume of 340 million m³. 

lacul-vidrafoto: turistderomania.ro

Transalpina is the highest road in Romania, crossing the Carpathian Mountains from Oltenia in the South, to Transylvania in the north. The road was built by the Roman Empire in their way to Sarmisegetusa, paved with stone by King Carol II (being called The King’s Road by the locals) and rebuilt by Germans during the World War II. . The road has its highest point at the Urdele Pass, where the elevation is 2,145m above sea level. Given the high altitude, the road is closed during the cold months of the year. Works began in 2007 in order to transform this spectacular road into a modern highway (148 km). Until that time, it was really hard to cross it with normal cars, so this helped to maintain the wilderness and charm of the road.

TRANSALPINA PAGE 

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Voineasa Resort is the nearest settlement located on Lotru River, 25 km away from the Vidra lake. Here you can find all the commodities you need – local market, supermarket, ATM, gas station, etc.

It is well known for it’s tranquility, fresh air and wonderful surroundings, people coming here for a perfect relaxation during all seasons.

statiunea-voineasafoto: turism-blog.ro

Cozia Monastery is known as the oldest and most complex historical and art monuments from Romania, situated on the right bank of the river Olt, 22 km away from Ramnicu Valcea and 75 km away from Sibiu. It was built between 1386-1388, being one of the most important foundations of the ruler Mircea cel Batran. Initially, it was known under the name of Nucet Monastery, because it was built in an area proper for walnut trees to grow. The name of “Cozia” was given to it later, after the name of the mountain in its vicinity. In the Great Church, that has “The Holy Trinity” as its celebration day, you can see the original paintings that present Mircea and his son Mihail wearing knight outfits and the portrait of Serban Cantacuzino. In the pronaos you can see the tomb of Mircea cel Batran.

source: romanianmonasteries.org

coziafoto: albatross-travel.ro

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