Cycling in Romania
Romania is still a largely undiscovered region for cycling tourists. Those who discover its amazing natural beauty and hospitality return time after time. Romania is about as big as the former West Germany, but has only 19 Million residents. It has numerous areas of outstanding natural beauty and a landscape rich in variation from the lowland plains to the Carpathian mountains. From the Hungarian Plain to the heavily developed tourist resorts on the Black Sea Coast the land is dominated by the Carpathian Mountains, which curve round the hills of Transylvania. South of the Carpathians is the relatively flat Walachei and the capital Bucharest (Bucuresti). Urdele, the highest pass (2.146 m high) is located in the South Carpathians, east of Petrosani. Romania offers not just pure nature, but also attractions such as churches, castles, monasteries and historic towns. In general there are no particular security problems. As in other countries, care is advised in towns and cities. Attractive Regions and Route Suggestions The country offers many and varying regions. The Banat Mountains with the Semenic-Range and Garana. The Carpathian Mountains with its up to 2.500 m high mountains, different geological formations and Nature reserves. The South West Carpathians between Caransebes and Petrosani. Transylvania with its churches, castles and towns with features from the middle ages. Tour tips: around Sibiu, Sigisoara, Rupea, Brasov (with the Busteni-Range and the "Dracula-Castle” near Bran). The Aries- South West Valley of Cluj-Napoca. The Carpathian foothills the North Wallachia of Ramnicu Valcea to Baile Herculane. The Bucovina with its painted monasteries. Tour tip: Suceava – Dragomirna – Sucevita – Putna – Moldovita – Voronet. The Dobrogea pass the sea, lagoons and the Danube Delta "Everglades", Monastery. Tour tip: Constanta – Histria – Enisala – Dunavat – Tulcea. The Maramures. Tour tips: Iza-Valley, Vaser-Valley, Sapinta, Botiza, Leud, Rozavlea The Bicaz-Gorges in the East Carpathians between Gheorgheni and Bicaz north of Brasov) and the area around Neamt. Cycling Conditions Climate and Travel Seasons The climate is well suited to cycle tourism, especially the mild temperatures in May, June and September. Roads & Travel Cycle touring with luggage is still possible, if prepared for some poor conditioned roads, or the use of busier but smoother roads. On the Europe Highways, there is less traffic and speeds are lower, but there a large number of lorries. Journeys at night should be avoided due to many un-lit horse drawn vehicles without reflectors on the road. In villages many animals could be found wandering on the road, particularly geese, cattle and dogs. Bicycle Equipment and Spares Due to the rough road surfaces and climbs a sturdy touring bike, at least 37 mm tyre width) or a mountain bike is advisable. Bring important spares. Cycle shops stocking a wide range of spares could be found in larger cities.   (Bucharest, Timisoara, Brasov, Cluj, Sibiu, Constanta, etc.). Entry Requirements A passport with at least three months validity and a visa are required. The tourist visa is valid for one month and can be obtained at Romanian consulates and at the border. Visa extensions can be obtained in Romania.
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