Beusnita waterfall

Nera’s Valley – travel guide

We spent a few days discovering river Nera’s Valley, a beautiful part of Romania in march 2017.

When Alex told his grandparents that we’re going to Asia for a few months last year, their answer was: “Why do you need to go to Asia, have you seen all of Romania? Aren’t there any new places you can explore in your own country?”. I’m not going to go into details about how we explained that that’s not the point, but they were partly right. We have a beautiful country and many parts of it are still a mystery to us, let alone foreign tourists.

This is why we were very excited when we got the chance to visit Nera’s Valley! It’s not far from Timisoara, but to get there, you will need a good set of wheels and a lot of patience, because the last 20 km to Sasca Montana are a mess. But we think it’s worth it, we’ve seen far worse roads that didn’t stop us. 

Where to stay?

 We stayed at “Pensiunea Dora” in Sasca. Nice room, good breakfast and low prices. The beds were quite squeaky, but a friend of mine said that’s exactly what she’s looking for, a “grandma’s house” feel. Another part of the group stayed at “Moara Veche” and “Pensiunea Cheile Nerei”. 

What to do?

Get ready to get your mind blown! You can visit the first ever theater in Romania. In Oravita! Bam! I must say, I had low expectations. I mean yes, it’s the first theater that opened in the country, but it’s in Oravita. And the outside of the building is no reason the get excited about either. But as soon as we walked in and the guide started telling us about the history of the place, gears started turning in our heads and we were fascinated like kids. Who would have thought all of this happened here, in Oravita?!
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You know how it is, I can tell you about it and you can see 100 pictures, but until you get there, the story won’t be complete. Also, in Oravita you can find the oldest pharmacy in the region. There are a lot of “firsts” here.

 

nera's valley
 nera's valley

The train from Oravita to Anina.

 It’s the oldest mountain railway in South East Europe and it goes through wonderful landscape. The train station in Oravita is the oldest in modern-day Romania, and the whole railway was built 3 years prior to the invention of dynamite. This is why the tunnels are so narrow, they were dug by hand.

 

nera's valley

 

nera's valley

 

We got off the train shortly before the last stop so we could see the abandoned buildings, remnants of what Anina used to be when the mines nearby were still working.

 

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nera's valley

 

nera's valley

 

nera's valley

 

 You know I like abandoned places and the feeling of nostalgia they emit. So even if it was snowing and we were freezing, I still liked it a lot. One question though: why isn’t there any vegetation growing on this building?

 

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Unexpectedly, we discovered one of the best pizza places we’ve ever been to in this ghost town.
Update: Unfortunately, we found out the restaurant closed for good in May 2017. 

Easy and fun trekking in the area

 This was the part that we enjoyed most and this is the video and tons of pictures that came out of it. We finally got the chance to see “Ochiul Beiului” lake and “Beusnita” Waterfalls.

 

 

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nera's valley

nera's valley

nera's valley

nera's valley

nera's valley

 

“La Văioaga” Waterfall

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nera's valley

A ride in the horse-drawn carriage

 This is another fun thing to do while in Nera’s Valley. Talk to your hosts or ask around, you’ll surely find a villager with a carriage and a free afternoon to take you on a ride to the lake.

 

nera's valley

nera's valley

nera's valley

nera's valley

“Ochiul Beiului” Lake

 Do you know that lake that makes the headline from time to time in articles with a title like: “Sensational! You won’t believe this natural wonder is in Romania!” Well, we’ve seen it and the color of the water is truly amazing. Check out these photos:

 

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nera's valley

“Beusnita” Waterfall

 Unfortunately, the water flow was kind of low when we got there, but still it was a nice waterfall.

 

nera's valley

nera's valley

The road to the “Socolari” Fortress

 We were cold and it was late by the time we got near the stronghold, so we saw it from the base of the hill it sits on. But the trek leading up to there (the base) was quite easy and beautiful. Let me be clear: even I, a true sloth, made it all the way without “I can’t breathe! Let’s stop for a minute!” breaks, so even grandmas can do it!

 nera's valley

nera's valley

nera's valley

Rafting

 For daredevils, rafting is an option year-round! It was snowing during our visit, so we decided to skip it, but Lumea Mare and Travel Badgers went through with it! The rest of us enjoyed our free time. Alex and I strolled around the village, ate something, took some pictures and napped :))
By the way, one of the trekking trails starts directly from Sasca Montana.
If you need to buy something, you should know the village shop is closed in the middle of the day. Go in the morning or after 4 PM.

Important notice: our visit was made possible through a project called “Salbaticia din Carpati, bogatie pentru oameni” (Carpathian wilderness and sustainable development initiative), implemented by WWF Romania, WWF Switzerland, NGO Ecotur Sibiu, Romanian Ecotourism Association and ProPark Foundation for Protected Areas.

11 comments:

This looks amazing! Especially the hanging bridge, I just love hanging bridges. I had no idea it was still so cold there in March. I’m from Poland originally and I guess I forgot that winter lasts all through spring!

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Haha I keep hearing from my family the same thing “one you keep going everywhere as you barely know your own country” 😀 Romania looks beautiful! I really like those abandoned places! Looks like it has some great history! And that bridge looks scary haha I would too afraid to walk on it

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This looks beautiful! It’s funny how we all rarely explore our own backyard! Will have to keep this place in mind if I ever find myself in Romania 🙂

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WOW! Adding this to the bucket list! What a gorgeous place! I had never even heard of it until I read this! Thank you for opening my eyes to a new place!

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I had never heard of this place before and wouldn’t have considered going to Romania. But your post has a good list and also stunning pictures. The landscapes and waterfalls look so pristine and untouched.

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