|Shopping|| 10 || km ||Airport|| 120 || km |
|Suburban traffic|| 20 || km |
Romantic; In the countryside; Among nature
The Apuseni Mountains are a little known gem in western Romania where nature remains pristine and unspoiled! The area's primary access roads swing around it, and the local towns have been built on its margins. These mountains form a huge plateau which has been cut in two by the Aries River, and they offer enough natural beauty to satisfy all tastes: forested hills that alternate with colorful open meadows, numerous scenic rivers that have chiseled out spectacular canyons and created world-famous caves, and remote valleys that are still home to large predators such as wolves and bears. The eastern part of the park is dominated by the Belis-Fintinele Lake which is the highest of a chain of four accumulation lakes on the Somes River, and is a wonderful place for fishing or boat trips. The enormous forests are crisscrossed with thousands of kilometers of forestry roads and trails, and filled with pristine natural areas, making this region perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Caves are one of the main attractions of the Apuseni Mountains. There are thousands of them scattered all over the area. “Piatra Altarului” is considered by many to be the most beautiful cave in Europe. “Pestera Vantului” is the longest in Romania, with 44km of galleries, while “Humpleu” has individual rooms extending up to 600m long and 50m high. Most of the caves can be visited (with appropriate gear and specialized guides). Caves that are more accessible to tourists include “Pestera Ursilor” (Bear Cave), “Pestera Scarisoara” (Glacier Cave of Scarisoara), and “Pestera Ungurului” (Cave of the Hungarians). The Apuseni Mountains have a very complex and varied geological structure. Over time they have been successively lifted up and submerged by the sea. Different climates followed each other, beginning with tropical, then subtropical and later glacial. In this relatively small area, one can find a geological mosaic of conglomerate rocks, crystalline rocks, volcanic rocks and limestone. And there is also iron, silver and gold.