The more I travel the world the more I like to come back home, in Romania, and discover new cycling trails with friends.
Here are some I enjoyed in the past years. Romania does not have marked bike trails, except a few, however, if you are using GPS you will be happy to discover lots of stunning places.
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Transfagarasan – This is definitely the most famous paved path that crosses the Carpathian Mountains and is quite difficult on top, thus recommended for the well trained mountain and road bikers. Keep in mind that the road is closed for cars usually between November 1st through to June 30th from Piscu Negru to Balea Cascada which means that the cyclists can enjoy the spring scenery on the car-less road, although the presence of the snow and some ice on the way even in June should not surprise you.
Lotru- Transalpina – Obarsia Lotrului – We rode this trail during our 3-day biking holiday while we tried to make the most of our time so we rode our bikes like crazy to see as much as possible and also to catch our train home. Considering that Transalpina in Parang Mountains is the highest paved road in the country and Urdele Pass having 2145m elevation above sea level, you can guess that it was a demanding ride that even involved some push-biking for us, the girls, but the experience was all worth the effort.
If you are short on time and have just visited Brasov and the Bran Castle and have some accommodation in the area, riding the hills around Pestera-Magura is worth consideration. You will be rewarded with a complete view of both, Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains in one trail.
If you only have one day around the capital Bucharest you can opt for one of the following suggestions:
Wine path in Urlati, Prahova Well, I am not sure about drinking and riding nevertheless it’s possible here. The wine path, including a yearly mountain biking contest in May or June, remain one of my favourite paths because it doesn’t require too much effort and it let you enjoy the surrounding hills that you can combine with some wine tasting given several top wine producers are located in this area. Next to that, you can visit a monastery and house of an old aristocracy “Conacul Bellu” which is now a museum. There are options for smaller tours suitable for family rides. Consider that the summer months of June, July and August, the heat may become unbearable.
Comana: A National Park just 40km away from Bucharest where you can admire natural beauties. It is even feasible you arrive here biking all the way from Bucharest however I would skip the hustle of a busy road for the benefit of spending more time in Comana and enjoy biking and the Delta of the Neajlov River with lots of species of birds and plants. The bike trails here are smooth and can be enjoyed by the whole family. And if you want to take a break, you can do some kayaking.
Everybody can find the right path for self as Romania offers cycling possibilities for the most demanding cyclists as well as for families.
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