Mother Nature has been generous with the amazing land of Romania, granting the country with many marvelous natural wonders, so many that every region of the country has something special to offer. From the peaks of the Carpathian Mountains to the shores of the Black Sea, there are certainly a decent number of natural sights to take in and enjoy.
The Danube Delta
Extending some 1790 miles from the Black Forest in Germany, across nine countries to the Black Sea, off the coast of Romania, the UNESCO-listed Danube River is a true example of unique natural wonder. Just before reaching the Black Sea, it forms a delta – Europe’s second largest, known as the Danube Delta. This is where rivers, lakes, marshes, reed islands and more than 3450 species of flora and fauna combine to create a different experience. Cruises along the river and through the Delta are available and highly recommended.
Located in the Anina Mountains in Caras-Severin, in a Natural Park with the same name, the fascinating Bigar Fall is the pride of Romania, and is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls on Earth. Still, very little known by people, it is a really amazing attraction, featuring underground river water that suddenly comes to the surface to cascade down from a height of 200 meters, dispersed in a very superb film over the rocks. This unique natural wonder is so lovely that locals even call ‘the miracle from the Minis Canyon.’
Near the village of Cluj Arghies, behind huge sand dunes, lies a beautiful piece of nature – the Blue Lagoon. Considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, the Blue Lagoon was formed on an exploitation of kaolin. According to villagers, who gave the lake its name, the Blue Lagoon has been inhabited by fish until the 90, but in 1995, after some work, pond dried up. Then lakeside reed appeared, creating a natural setting.
Located in the village of Ponoarele, God’s Bridge is the largest natural bridge in Romania and one of the highest in Europe – 50 m long, 13 m wide and 22 m high, which was created when the ceiling o a cave collapsed. According to legend there lived a Devil in the Ponoarele Cave, and this disturbed the locals very much. They asked God to chase and punish him, and God hit with his palm the cave ceiling, which collapsed and blocked the entrance of the cave. But the Devil managed to escape from the other mouth of the cave, climbing the Devil’s Rock, from where he guards the people who enter the cave, and sometimes drowns them in Zatonul Mare Lake. The legend itself is very interesting, but that the spot unveils an exceptional natural spirit unique to Romania, is for sure.
Found in the Southern Carpathians and spreading over an area of about 55,000 hectares, the spectacularly beautiful Retezat National Park, also known as ‘the charming land of the blue eyes’ is a UNESCO-protected area of national and international interest, which occupied the center of the exclusive Retezat Massif – the best preserved delta in Europe, boasting 90 plant species found nowhere else in the world. Rising up between two major depressions – Petrosani and Hateg, and two large rivers – Raul Mare and Jiul de Vest, the Massif is characterized by its complex geological structure, with amazing crystalline rocks and limestone. The heights which reach the height of 2500 meters, led to the formation of 18 amazing glaciers.
Other places of breathtaking scenery that are worth a visit, while holidaying in Romania include: Scarisoara Cave, Ceahlau Massif, Nerei Gorges, and Sphinx & Babele Rock Formations among many others. To sum up, when it comes to Romania attractions, nature truly rules.