Until now, unfortunately, I had just one vacation that I spent in my beautiful country, Romania, but the year is not over yet, so I still have time for another trip.
For this time I was not looking for a hike, I just wanted to go somewhere quiet and beautiful just to relax, but I still wanted to do some walks. So after some debating, we chose the Roda Mountains that are located in the region of Maramures.
The Rodna Mountains have the highest peak measuring about 2 303m, Pietrosul Rodnei, that I hiked when I was a little girl. Are easy mountains to hike that offers you a beautiful view and a lot of things to discover like caves, waterfall, lakes, and churches.
Up north near the Ukrainian border. You can go with your own car or by train, enter the CFR site and find your tickets.
I recommend you the Borsa city or the Borsa resort, I stayed in the last one at Hotel Paltinis, 120Ron/27€ per night, nice, but not the best. When it comes to food, you can choose either the hotel restaurants in the area or go to the Borsa city, where I recommend you the 2 Pauni restaurant, cheap and good.
What to do
Hike the Pietrosul Rodnei
From Borsa city follow the blue line indicator and in 4 hours you’ll be on top.
Is located at 1 300m and is the tallest waterfall in Romania, 80m. You can reach it from Borsa resort by foot, follow the red triangle path and in 2-3 hours you will be there, or use the chairlift if you don’t want to hike. From Borsa resort to the top of the mountain with the chairlift you make 15 minutes and from there to the waterfall another 20 minutes, but is a nice walk in the woods, nothing difficult.
The Cave and The Blue Spring of Iza
You can reach it from Moisei or Sacel, at one point the road will get bumpy, if you have a 4×4 car you are lucky, if you don’t, you will have to park and go on foot for about 1 hour and a half, but it’s an easy walk.
See the watermills
Discover the flora and fauna
I really enjoyed my time in Rodna Mountains, just staying and admiring the nature. It’s not the most magnificent place you’ll ever see, but is a rich place, and what I mean by that, is you can find here what ever you want, it is the largest national park in Romania and has an important flora and fauna.
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