Romania has 14 national parks and, guess what, they are all very beautiful. From the Daffodil Glade in Rodnei Mountains, to the Bigăr Waterfall in the west and the Danube Delta in the east, they all have something special to offer. To make things easier and help you pick your favourite, we’ve listed seven of them and highlighted all their best natural and man-made attractions.
Located in central Romania, Buila-Vânturarița, the smallest of all Romania’s national parks, is home to a surprising variety of plants and animals. Here you will encounter no less than 23 types of habitats, featuring mountain meadows, rivers, over 100 caves and plenty of picturesque waterfalls.
But above all, this national park is a paradise of wild flowers. While hiking on Vânturarița Mare (1885 meters / 6184 ft high), keep your eyes peeled for very rare species such as Martagon lily, Lilium jankae and Viola alpine.
Stop for a break at Schitul Pahomie, a church built in the 16th century under a massive rock and Pătrunsa Monastery, also located in the park. Nearby, you will find the picturesque village of Horezu, world famous for its colorful ceramics.
Spread over 24,000 ha, Călimani national park is the place to spot some of Romania’s most incredible wildlife. While walking under the thick shade of the Pinus cembra, part of a scientific reservation, you may come across the brown bear, deer, the lynx, badgers and wild cats. The park is also home to the geological reservation, 12 Apostoli, in the volcanic Călimani Mountains.
Start your visit to Călimani national park in Vatra Dornei and head towards 12 Apostoli peak, and you might just find yourself under a double rainbow.
With heights of almost 2,000 meters/ 6561 ft– its highest peak Ocolaşul Mare stands tall at 1907 meters/ 6256 – Ceahlău mountains are the most popular amongst hikers.
Here you will be able to spot some very special plants, such as the lady’s slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus), the bog rosemary, the edelweiss and more.
The clear mountain lakes attract a varied population of birds, such as the Black stork, a very shy bird that prefers quiet spots in pristine nature, and the European roller. If you look up you may spot the Golden eagle, a bird of prey with amazing hunting prowess.
The second largest national park in Romania, Muntii Rodnei was also named a biosphere reservation due to the importance of its fauna and flora. The park has very varied flora, with more than 1,000 species, many endemic to the area.