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Live the dream – Transylvania, Romania, Eastern Europe - here we come!

Updated on February 10, 2014

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Transfagarasan Road - the most crooked and challenging motorcycle road
Transfagarasan Road - the most crooked and challenging motorcycle road | Source
Transalpina Road - the newest, highest mountain Road in Romania
Transalpina Road - the newest, highest mountain Road in Romania
We made it to the top!
We made it to the top!
Us and the horizon
Us and the horizon
One of the attractions of the road - very friendly animals.
One of the attractions of the road - very friendly animals.
great views
great views
snacks on the road
snacks on the road
go traditional
go traditional
amazing rides
amazing rides
I've got more horses than you do!
I've got more horses than you do!
Transfagarasan Road
Transfagarasan Road
This is life in the countryside
This is life in the countryside
Mountain Top
Mountain Top
lunch with a view
lunch with a view

Best roads to ride

Start your Romania trip in Cluj Napoca, right in the heart of Transylvania.

The great motorbike mountain roads in the area will convince you this is the way to do it.

Most have probably heard of the SunsetMountains, Bicazului Gorges, Rucar – Bran Area, historical Maramures, not to mention the Transfagarasan Road or Transalpina Highway.

Enough motorbike roads to last you for 2 weeks or more but that can provide memories to last for a life time.

Head West where the Sunset Mountains are, ride along Ariesului Valey on winding roads, deep into the heart of the mountains that have given the country so much gold that even lured the Romans this way. An area with over 400 caves among which the Scarisoara Glacier Cave, the biggest cave of its kind in Romania, with a mass of ice of 75000 mc. With the appropriate clothing the temperature in the cave will be just right, especially since you will be traveling during spring/summer time.

Your next destination is Transalpina – the newest, highest mountain road in Romania, one of the most spectacular roads of the Carpathians. The road is also known as the Kings Road since it was built under the rule of King Carol II of Romania and rebuilt during the World War II by the German troops. The road was left in degradation by the authorities until 2011 when it was rebuilt allowing all motorbike models to be able to handle the curves and the riders to enjoy the wild view. The fun for off road enthusiasts was not totally spoiled as the area offers plenty of off road opportunities.

From Novaci continue your ride to Horezu a region renowned for the Horezu Ceramics and to Curtea de Arges where the Arges Monastery can be visited right before starting a new adventure – Transfagarasan Road – the most sinuous and challenging road for motorcyclists.

Many have written or read stories about this road making it a Mecca for the riders, putting it on the map of the roads to ride in a lifetime, or placing it 1st on a Top 10 motorcycle rides in the World. Professionals or simply motorbike enthusiasts seeking to spread the word about an amazingly built road that snakes up into the Carpathians. Come, ride, conquer!

Built between 1970 and 1974 as a military route by the communist dictator Ceausescu, after the soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, the ride takes you above the three line 2034m altitude. It is about tunnels and hair pin curves that allow you to see the registration plate of your motorbike, amazing views and enormous satisfaction. BaleaGlacierLake, Balea Waterfall and a cable car ride are just a few of the things to do on the road.

Brasov deserves at least 2 nights stay so you can fully explore the Rucar - BranMountain area offering perfect rides and breathtaking views. The region offers plenty of activities, PelesPalace, Rasnov Peasant Citadel and BranCastle – also known as DraculaCastle in Transylvania are just a short, pleasant ride away and the city of Brasov offers plenty of the night life opportunities.

Continue your journey with more mountain roads, lakes and gorges. RedLake and Bicazului Gorges are situated in Eastern Carpathians. Take a row boat ride on Red Lake, listen to the legend that covers in mystery this beautiful lake and cross Hells Throat in Bicazului Gorges, 8 km of solid rock on one side and a sheer drop on the other it’s just enough to make your blood boiling and the rider in you screaming for more.

Accommodation is available in all the places mentioned, from 5 star hotels to country inns. There are not too many camping sites in Romania, however you can place your tent in most of the places (avoid castles courtyard, museums or private properties, etc.)

Good restaurants are in reach with great food, local or international cuisine (depending on your budget). Gas stations are available; however make sure you fill in right before you get on Transfagarasan or Transalpina Road, as on these roads you will not find a gas station.

There are direct low cost flights to Cluj Napoca from UK, Israel, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, and many other countries.

The population speaks Romanian but you will easily find people who speak English, Spanish or German.

You can rent a motorbike in Turda, 40 km away from ClujNapocaAirport. The motorbikes are 2011 – 2013 year of fabrication and are very well maintained.

Motorcycle season in Romania is from April to October, depending on the weather. If your highlight is Transfagarasan Road you should visit starting with June, as the road is only open 3 month/year and riding this area depends strictly on the weather conditions.

Helmet is compulsory and motorcycle boots and motorcycle gear are highly recommended.

Romania is a former communist country in Eastern Europe that has just gained its democracy 25 years ago. Transylvania has been the closest to the western market adopting ideas and constantly developing. The communism have done a lot of damage to the old churches and historical buildings, erecting big apartment block buildings instead. But hey, that’s just in the cities, and only in part. Transylvania still preserves the old towns, with great architecture and cobbled passage ways, summer terraces and pedestrian streets. If you stand in the middle of Council Square in Brasov and make a slowly 360 degrees turn, you will think: This place could be anywhere in Europe! And there are many cities with charming old towns preserved in Transylvania.

You are free to discover Transylvania, the road is yours and it can’t get any better (except perhaps the rewarding local beer at the end of a riding day).

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