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Bucegi Natural Park

Bucegi Natural Park

EuropeRomaniaBrasov (County)
45.382416, 25.449116
Bucegi Natural Park - The perfect spot for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing
Bucegi Natural Park - A valley in Prahova county
Bucegi Natural Park - Scenic view of Bucegi Plateau
Bucegi Natural Park - View from Caraiman Peak in Prahova county
Bucegi Natural Park - Landscape from dam lake Bolboci in the Bucegi mountains of Dambovita county
Bucegi Natural Park - A warning sign listing the park regulations with a curious brown bear next to it
Bucegi Natural Park - A mountain stream running through the coniferous forest
Bucegi Natural Park - Landscape in Valea Alba (White Valley) in Bucegi mountains
Bucegi Natural Park - Brown bear (Ursus arctos) and cub resting in the forest
Bucegi Natural Park - Bucegi Plateau
Bucegi Natural Park - Bucegi mountains in summertime

About Bucegi Natural Park

Located in south central Romania in the Bucegi Mountains, Bucegi Natural Park covers a total area of 325 km2 (~125 sq mi). Half falls within the Dâmbovita county with the remainder split relatively equally between Prahova and Brasov. Unsurprisingly, given its location, it is a mountainous landscape with caves, canyons, sinkholes, valleys and waterfalls, alongside meadows and forests. Significant features include the Babele (Old Women) and the Sphinx.

Tourism

Prahova Valley is the most popular weekend destination for people from Bucharest and numbers of tourists from other countries is increasing. The park was created in 2003 to protect the natural beauty of the Bucegi Mountains area in the light of increased visitor numbers.

Fauna and Flora

The diversity of the landscape and altitudes up to 2,500 m (~8,202 ft) hosts a wide diversity of plant species, including rhododendron, and the protected species edelweiss and white ivy. Trees include isolated specimens of yew and Swiss pine, juniper and mountain ash.

Fauna includes the Alpine newt, capercaillie, chamois, raven and the protected species: yellow-bellied toad and wolf.

Activities

Bucegi Natural Park has a good network of 39 well marked and well maintained hiking trails, ranging in length from just 20 minutes to 13-15 hiking hours.

Ialomita cave, at an altitude of 1,530 m (~5,020 ft), features a 16th century monastery at the entrance. A small entrance fee helps pay for cave’s lighting. Its official length is about 480 m (~1,574 ft), but scientists estimate its stretches to 1,120 m (~3,674 ft) of cave galleries.

With its ski resorts and great access for various mountain destinations, Prahova Valley is a major tourist region and an especially popular destination for winter sports fans, hikers and mountaineers.

How to Get There

The park is easily accessible from the popular resorts in Prahova Valley, less than two hours north from the capital Bucharest.

Landscape: Lake