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The best accommodation in Romania
Cascada Bigar
Bigăr Waterfall
Baile Herculane
Herculane Resort
Statuia lui Decebal
The statue of Decebal
Cazanele Dunării
Danube's Gorges
Cetatea Tricule
Tricule Fortress
Cascada Văioaga
La Văioaga Waterfall
Lacul Ochiul Beiului
Ochiul Beiului Lake
Cascada Beusnița
Beusnița Waterfall
Tour description
We have been waiting for a long time to see the the Nera Gorges, so we started out trip very early on a Saturday morning.
We decided to go on a weekend route and see the Nera Gorges and the Danube Gorges. So we took our equipment and coffee to go and headed to Oravita and after that to Potoc. After entering the Nera Gorges National Park (sightseeing tax of 5 RON/pers) , we followed a winding road until we reached Podul Beiului. Precise instructions about all the places we could see were given to us at the entrance of the reservation . Two days before it rained havily in the area, so we decided to park our cars at Podul Beiului and start our 2.5 h walking trail to Ochiul Beiului Lake.
Beiului Bridge - Starting of the walking trail
The trout farm
After about an hour of walking, we arrived hungry at the trout farm, had a well deserved brake and enjoing the grilled fresh trout on the meddow nearby. We continued than our trail throug the forest and stopped here and there to admire the sorrounding nature. The guard from the entrance of the National Park warns tourist about the presence of vipers - so watch your step!
The trail to the Ochiul Beiului Lake
The trail to the Ochiul Beiului Lake
On our way to Ochiul Beiului Lake we stopped for a few minutes to admire the beautiful Waterfall La Văioaga. It is located in the proximity of the main trail, you can reach it after a 5 minute walk.
Nera Gorges National Park
La Văioaga Waterfall
La Văioaga Waterfall
La Văioaga Waterfall
After a 30 minute walk, we reachd the azure and clear lake. The beauty of the Ochiul Beiului lake astonished us! The lake has a carstic origin and lies at an altitude of 310 m, and the maximum depth is 4 meters. There is a legend about the formation of the lake: a love story between a prince and a shepherdess in the village Potoc, which ended tragically because the prince's father did not agree with his son's choice.
The waterfall near the Ochiul Beiului Lake
The waterfall near the Ochiul Beiului Lake
Ochiu Beiului Lake
Ochiu Beiului Lake
We could not get enough admiring the lake, but we continued our trip and after a 20 minute hike, we reached Beușnita Waterfall. The clear water that was flowing over the green moss created a small rainbow right at the base of the waterfall.
Beușnita Waterfall
Beușnita Waterfall
Beușnita Waterfall
The road back to where we left our cars took us aproximately 2.5h. We recommend also visiting the Roman Tunnels, which are located in the vecinity of Podul Beiului.
The entrance to Bigăr Waterfall
The entrance to Bigăr Waterfall
On our way to Herculane, we stopped at Bigăr Waterfall, one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls from Romania. From Bigăr Waterfall, we walked around 5 minutes until we reached the Bigăr Spring and Bigăr Cave. Bigăr Spring is fueled by an underground stream that runs through the cave with the same name from Aninei Mountains. The spring's water flows into the river Minis on a rocky threshold, forming a cascade of calcareous rocks, named Bigar Waterfall. Bigar Waterfall is very beautiful and everywhere you could see crowds of tourists enchanted by the beautiful scenery.
Bigăr Waterfall
Bigăr Spring
On the way to Bigăr Spring
On the way to Bigăr Spring
Bigăr Waterfall
The trail to Bigăr Cave
Bigăr Cave
After visiting the waterfall Bigăr, we started on the road to Herculane. We arrived quite late here, but we found accommodation very quickly.
Sunday was a relaxing day for us, so we took advantage of the thermal springs from the resort and also had a massage. The treatment possibilities from Herculane are: aeroheliotherapy, thermal baths, sulphurous thermal baths, electrotherapy, chinetoterapie, hidrochinetoterapie. From the resort people can go on numerous excursions to the ruins of the Roman baths, Outlaws Cave and Steam Cave.
A valley on the way to Herculane
Herculane Resort
From Herculane we went to Orsova, eager to see the Danube again. Here we admired Danube's Gorges and Decebal's statue from Eşelniţa and went back home.
Decebal's statue carved into the mountain
Danube's Gorges
Danube's Gorges
The Danube
On our way back to Oravita, we stopped at Tricule fortress, which is located right near the national driveway. We were surprised that there is no access road to reach the fortress, thus we had to sneak into a garden in order to take a few pictures. The Tricule Fortress was built in the fifteenth century to stop the Ottoman expansion.
Tricule Fortress
Tricule Fortress
Tricule Fortress
Given the fact that we were near the Danube, on the way back home, we stopped at the restaurant Carul cu Flori (is right before Oraviţa - see the location on the map), where we enjoyed an absolutely delicious perch.