Let's travel together #82 - Transalpina (Romania)

gabrielatravels
GabrielaTravels @gabrielatravelsNovember 2018 · 4 min read

One of the places where the road meets the clouds and the fresh air is at its own home.
And what's better than going through one of this locations when you are driving home after a long trip?
NOTHING - because not that the road itself is so peaceful but it's completed just right by the entire landscape where the mountains keep in their hands this place called
Transalpina.

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Transalpina is located nowhere else but in Romania and makes the connection between Munții Parâng (Parâng Mountains) and Carpații Meridionali (Southern Carpathians) with a beautiful drive on a 148km long road.
Formerly called The Country Beyond The Mountains or the The King's Road, Transalpina crosses four counties (Alba, Sibiu, Valcea, Gorj) and it represents the highest road from Romania but not only, situated on a height of 2.145m.

There is a section in Valcea county which covers 20km of Transalpina where the road earned the name of The ridge road because it represents the highest part of the road, being really close by Dengheru Peak (2.085m), Păpușa Peak (2.140m), Urdele (2.230m), Iezer (2.160m) and Muntinu (2.060m) - some really great touristic attractions.

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Even though the road that takes you between the mountains and the clouds is thousands of years old, it was firstly paved in 2008 when the people started visiting it more often and became frankly promoted by tourists that never stop returning and admiring the great landscapes that always leave you speechless.

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Many people when think about Romania they heard at least once about Transfăgărășan, but in reality, there are a few more than this one which takes your breath away even from the beginning. Just like Transalpina, Transrarau or the newest one, Transbucegi which I will write about very soon.

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Transalpina is less known because it was built by the Romanian Army on their way to Sarmisegetusa in 1930 and after the World War II it was abandoned becoming a very wild place. This is what made it become one of the greatest drives you can enjoy nowadays.
The road is dedicated to those who truly love the mountains and the connection they can establish even just by taking a look through the window.

At the moment, the road that takes you to the sky has the best condition between Novaci – Ranca which represents the most frequented area by the tourists, the rest being undergoing rehabilitation. But if you've still got time to follow this road you can consider to also check out one of the many touristic attractions that starts from this road. such as: Polovragi Cave, Polovragi Church, Cheile Oltetului (Oltet Gorges), Icoana Church etc. Because the chances of enjoying those landscapes to the fullest are really endless. Also between Novaci – Ranca, every year in September is held The National Speed Coast Championship, so if you are a fan you may consider to sign up.

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Transalpina is a national road known as DN67C but also a winter road which makes it become inaccessible in different moments of the year when the weather is not so friendly. Summer or winter, spring or autumn, visiting it only one time or 100 times, the landscapes are always unique with a visibility between 0-100% depending on how many clouds are embracing the road, but in the end..pure fantastic.

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You can also have one of those moments (as it happened to me), enjoying Transalpina when it's sunny outside but in just 5 minutes of continuous driving to get negative degrees of temperature while following the road through the clouds. But how grandiose it is, so many risks it has, so all the drivers are advised to drive only between 9 AM and 6 PM because due of the high altitude there can be formed really quick ice on the road, the fog to become too dense but also to assist to the fall of rocks.

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SEE YOU IN THE NEXT TRIP! 🗾

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bigtom13
bigtom13 @bigtom13November 2018

It's beautiful! Simply that.

I have to admit I'm a little surprised to see you driving. I'm really used to seeing you on foot :)

Thanks for a simply stunning look at your country!


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I had the same thought when I started to read this post! ;0)


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Hahaha @lymepoet & @bigtom13 :D
Well this was on my way to home after loooong hikings and trails followed to other touristic attractions. So this might be the reason :) But I promise this happens just once on a long while! :P


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natubat
natubat @natubatNovember 2018

I love mountains (as you know!) and these look spectacular. Though I would prefer it if someone else was driving, so I could look at the view. And I probably would avoid driving there after 6pm. I don't mind driving in the dark, but icy roads can be very scary.


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Yep, always safety first! And I know. It's a great loss for the one who's driving and can't admire the landscapes.


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TransAlpina is an amazing part of Romania with incredible views. I must admit I wouldn't be driving in there during winter though ;0) I crossed it two times years back and loved the experience. The only place similar to this that I found was the PanAmerican Highway in Ecuador where I found myself counting a third level of clouds!


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Wow, that must be great! I've never been there but I can only imagine :D
Oh, but as I said the road is closed during winter times. So you can drive again in any of the other seasons :)


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That's a great drive there, so refreshing!


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Exactly! Imagine dropping off the car and taking a moment just you and the mountains! It's so beautiful!


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Gabriela! that really looks like Pixabay worthy!! You should upload it there and set your paypal donation :-D Also maybe give a watermark!


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Really?! :o
All the pictures are taken with my phone so your appreciation really means so much! <3


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Wait whaatt?? Those pictures are taken via mobile? I thought it was dslr or slr works!! Totally amazing!


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No way! hahahaha
Huawei P10 Lite :D


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No way?? That quality is something. I am using Samsung and their camera is awful 😕


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Ouch :D


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What a great landscape and looks like an amazing drive with every twist and turn bringing a new view and adventure with the changing weather! Awesome and thanks for sharing :)


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It really is! It takes you through a lot of moments together with the weather unleashed and I love it :)


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I bet, can see your grinning face as you drive across the scenery!

How are those videos coming along by the way? 🙂


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Glad you asked! The next video is coming up on 6th December! :D


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Amazing! You do a monthly, weekly or just whenever?


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It all depends on how many moments and places I collect into the video. So the next one is going to be about Targoviste and I already wrote about The Royal Court from there but the next article is going to be with the zoo from that city. So after I present that as well, it will come next a video with these last 2 places which I've written about.
But it's not a rule as I may have a video which sums up 4 or 5 different places so it will take longer to be released and so on.
Hope you understood the drill :D


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Ah so it will be more like a collection of your travels recently? I am sure you have it sussed out, it's not for me to question the drill though haha. Look forward to watching them 😀


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Yes, exactly! Especially to the best ones :D


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Haha! I'll drink some hot chocolate to that 😀


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Haha. Enjoy! :D


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