July in Romania

July is the perfect month to drive through the country - for this month there are many events worthy of your attention:

 

A great choice is the spectacular Transfăgărășan Road:  ~100 kilometers of twisting and turning road that only permit the approach of travelers from July till October (after that it is closed due to the weather conditions). The steep hairpin turns, long S-curves, and sharp descents make it a challenging adventure (the average speed here is around 40 km/h) and that is why, in 2009, after filming a Top Gear episode here, Jeremy Clarkson (host of the British television show) declared it "the best road in the world".

 

It was built by soldiers, under the folly order of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (to ensure military access across the mountains in case of a Soviet invasion and about 40 soldiers lost their lives here during construction. The result is a scenic road, the second highest road in Romania (rising up to 2042 m.), connecting the historic regions of Transylvania and Muntenia and the cities of Sibiu and Pitești. It literally pierces the mountains into Transylvania as 6 million kilograms of dynamite were needed to cut through the highest mountains in Romania, having more tunnels and viaducts than any other road in the country.

The dramatic landscape is one of this place’s most attractive features, but here you can also visit several famous tourist destinations of Romania. The road’s highest peak is a glacial lake, Bâlea Lake, one of the deepest in the world (11 m deep), a great place to rest and admire the natural spectacle. You can also stop at Poienari, a fortress that belong to Vlad the Impaler (also known as Dracula) - it is a 1480 steps climb all the way to the top, but the audacious visitor is rewarded with a dazzling view of the mountains. Or you can visit the Vidraru Dam, a peaceful place blessed with scenery to gladden the eye and the heart.

Having crossed the mountains towards Transylvania, you can visit one of the finest medieval towns in all of Europe, the nearby town of Sighișoara. With a very well preserved stronghold it is one of the very few remaining today that is still inhabited.  At this time of the year the Sighișoara Medieval Festival takes over the city. You can enjoy the town’s picturesque narrow streets and discover Vlad the Impaler’s birthplace (Dracula of the famous vampire legends) while listening to the music of troubadours, taking part in the costumed parades or attending outdoor theater plays, night concerts and different medieval ceremonies.

If you want to go back (just for a short time) to a simpler way of life, as merry as it once was, The Maidens' Fair is one of the most genuine folk festivals in the country, a  traditional matchmaking festival for families to arrange weddings for their unmarried children. Nowadays, in the calm of the countryside, on a mountain called Găina (Hen), at a height of over 1400 meters, every year tens of thousands of  villagers dressed in traditional costumes come to celebrate, enjoying music, dancing and other traditional festivities, listen to the famous mountain instrument tulnic (the alpenhorn) and  purchase beautiful handmade traditional objects. And, who knows, maybe you will find your soul mate here and even get married - it would be a blessed union since the local belief is that any marriage celebrated here is destined to be a long and happy one: D.

 

 

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