Archives July 2012

Bike tourism

Bike tourism is an upcoming sport in Buzău county. Besides the 140 km Dealu Mare Cycling route, several one-day mountain bike trails are waiting to be discovered,  e.g. the 30 km Muddy Volcanoes mountain bike trail (starting from Berca). Bicycles can be rented at the Tourism Infopoint in Berca or at Pensiunea Luminița in Sărata Monteoru.

Extreme sports

Over the last few years, Buzău has become the European mecca for motocross, enduro and off-road car aficionados. The lakes, rivers and valleys of Buzău county allow several interesting  water  sport activities.  The Buzău  river,  which has its source at Lake Siriu, is one of the best places for rafting in Romania. Rafting in Buzău has become very popular for company team building events. Canyoning can be done in Bâsca Mare near the village of Gura Teghii. Paragliding courses are also available and offer spectacular flights over the Muddy Volcanoes.

Truffle hunting

Few know Buzău is located at the same latitude as Piedmont in Italy, which makes it ideal for truffle hunting. Truffles can be found  in Buzău  forests  between  June  and January.  Together  with  the tourism  association  TravelBuzau.com,  City Compass offers packages that include an introduction  into the world of truffles and a truffle hunting session with professional hunters, wine tasting of Dealu Mare wines, and a cooking class with an international chef, preparing a three-course dinner with truffles.

Wine region Dealu Mare

Dealu Mare is one of the most beautiful wine-growing districts in Romania and said to be the “Tuscany” of Romania. Indeed, it is situated on the same latitude as Northern Italy,  but  tourism  is  still  largely  undeveloped.  A  cultural place  with  excellent  wines  from  sunny  south  facing  hills and more than 3.000 years of settlement history. Thracians, Dacians and Romans left their traces everywhere. Places to visit: Stone church and open air sculpture camp at Năeni (with a spectacular panoramic view), vineyards at Pietroasele, Fințești, and Săhăteni.
Special  recommendation:  A  cycling  tour  through  the vineyards.   Information   about   the   Dealu   Mare   Cycling Route can be found on www.travelbuzau.com.

Access: Dealu Mare extends to around 60 km northwards of the DN 1B between Ploiești and Buzău. The best way to discover it is to leave the national road and take one of the several small parallel roads that lead through the vineyards.

„Athos” of Romania

The  cave  churches  and  settlements  of Buzău  are  no  less than the cradle of Christianity on Romanian territory — a mystical place full of legends and a cultural treasure amidst breathtaking landscape.
More than 15 cave settlements are spread over an area of more than three square kilometers and gave this region the nickname the “Athos” of Romania. Some caves are old geological forms, others are carved into the stone. Signs of the first settlement in this area date to back to the iron and bronze  ages.  Up  to the  19th century,  hermits  and  monks used these caves as places to live and to pray.

Access: DN 10  to  Pătârlagele–Colți–Aluniș.   There  is  no  direct  access by car, a 4-6 hour walking tour with a local guide is highly recommended.

Getting to Buzău

Access to Buzău is fairly easy, compared to the Prahova Valley. The closest destinations can be reached in 1 ½ to 2 hours’ drive from Bucharest.
–  From Bucharest: DN 2 Voluntari–Urziceni–Buzău (c. 110 km)
–  Alternatively: București–Ploiești Highway–DN 1B– Urlati–Buzău (c. 120 km), this route is much more attractive as it passes the Dealu Mare wine region and is faster since the opening of the new highway
– From Brașov:  DN 10–Prejmer–Întorsura Buzăului–Lake Siriu (80 km)–Buzău (180 km). The Brașov–Buzău route is one of the most beautiful Trans- Carpathian routes.

Festivals all over the year

Sibiu has become almost synonymous with culture and the city strives to preserve and strengthen its status as a cultural center by supporting a broad range of festivals, concerts and exhibitions. During the summer, the streets and squares act as open-air stages drawing thousands of spectators.

An extraordinary highlight is the annual Sibiu International Theater Festival, which is held every spring, starting at the end of May. The festival comes with a multitude of events. It stages major international  productions,  the finest productions in Romanian theater, as well as street and music  performances  from  around  the  world,  all  taking place daily in Sibiu’s historical center, in its squares and buildings, and inside the churches and medieval fortresses of Sibiu’s scenic surroundings. The festival also features dance–theater performances, puppet theater and light shows.  There  are  a  couple  of  other  festivals  such  as  the Jazz Festival in May, the Romanian-American  Music Days in June, or the Rockfestival Artmania and the Medieval Festival  both  held  in August.  The  annual  pottery  market has a long tradition and is held on the first weekend in September. A couple of years ago, Sibiu began organizing a Christmas market in December, which is modeled on those held in Western Europe. The market has proved a hit and is getting bigger every year. If staying in Sibiu at this time of the year, then we recommend drinking a hot mug of mulled wine in the snow-covered Great Square.

Get the latest information about upcoming events in the official tourist office at Piata Mare.