The Transylvanian Alps, Romania (Carpatii Meridionali)
Region: Transylvania & Wallachia
The Transylvanian Alps, Travel Guide
> Several peaks are higher than 2.500m.
> The beautiful valleys along the rivers that cross the mountains from north to south.
> Transfagarasan road.
> The beautiful cities of Brasov and Sibiu.
> Lots of ski resorts.
Map of The Transylvanian Alps, Romania
The mountains represent a natural border between Transylvania and the Southern regions of Wallachia and Oltenia.
About The Transylvanian Alps, Romania
It is the European Alps you didn't know about.
The Southern Carpathian (Carpatii Meridionali), also known as the Transylvanian Alps, are the second highest group of mountains in the Carpathian Mountain range (after Tatra), reaching heights of over 2,500m. Although considerably smaller than the Alps, they are classified as having an alpine landscape. Their high mountain character, combined with great accessibility, makes them popular with tourist and scientists.
PEAKS AND VALLEYS
The highest peaks are:
Moldoveanu Peak, 2,544 metres - Fagaras Mountains
Negoiu, 2,535 metres - Fagaras Mountains
Parangu Mare, 2,519 metres - Parang Mountains
Peleaga, 2,509 metres - Retezat Mountains
Omu (mountain) 2,507 metres - Bucegi Mountains
In spite of the heights, some of the most accessible passings in the Carpathians in Romania are along the rivers who cross the mountain range (the Olt River) or who form wide valleys (along the Prahova River Valley or along the Jiu River Valley).
From east to west, four mountain groups can be identified, separated by different river valleys:
Bucegi Mountains group
...between the Prahova and Dambovita Rivers (Bucegi & Leaota)
Fagaras Mountains group
...between the Dambovita River and the Olt River (Fagarasului, Iezer, Piatra Craiului & Cozia Mountains)
Parang Mountains group
...between the Olt River and the Jiu River (Parang, Sureanu, Cindrel, Lotru & Capatana)
Retezat-Godeanu Mountains group
...between the Jiu River and the Timis and Cerna Rivers (Retezat, Godeanu, Valcan Mountains, Mehedinti, Cerna, Tarcu)
Ski resorts in Bucegi Mountains, close to the city of Brasov:
Poiana Brasov, Predeal, Sinaia, Azuga, Busteni
Ski Resorts in Parang Mountains, close to the city of Sibiu:
Paltinis, Balea Lake, Parang, Ranca
Brasov, Sibiu, Fagaras, Hateg, Tg. Jiu, Ramnicu Valcea, Curtea de Arges
Might be the most spectacular road in the world. Built as a strategic military route, The Transfagarasan is the highest and most dramatic paved road in Romania. It runs North to South across the tallest sections of the Carpathian Mountains, connecting Transylvania and Wallachia. READ MORE HERE