Buzau is the region in Romania to see some wild, genuine Carpathian beauties! Pretty close to the very crowded Prahova Valley, the mountains in this area offer some of the most picturesque landscapes, unaltered by too much tourism. Add to that some of the most unique landmarks in the world or the international fame of local vineyards, and there you have it - probably the most beautiful county which is undeservedly forgotten in any touristic offer for Romania!
Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is around two hours away of driving from the main tourist attraction in Buzau County.
Also, if your vacation theme is mountains and Prahova Valley has been recommended to you, congratulations! You are like almost everyone in Romania, enjoying our mountains from the same area... You are in for an undoubtedly fulfilling experience in one beautiful region, yet a little commercial lately and too crowded unfortunately. True mountain lovers prefer the original state of Siriu Mountains in Buzau, so I strongly suggest to plan a detour for some peaceful time, around two hours away from the Prahova Valley, by car.
Before I start showing you nice places in Buzau County, one thing is worth mentioning: they haven't really invested in infrastructure recently. This means roads are a little outdated, places to lodge or eat are limited aso. Even reviews on specialized websites are quite a few. For me this is actually a plus, since Buzau remains peaceful, natural environment stays unaltered, and one could taste some genuine Romanian beauty here! It is still sad thought that they don't really consider this area a priority for tourism... Don't get me wrong, there are nice opportunities for meals and sleeping, but hard to find unfortunately. When I will focus on "logistics" on this blog, I will come back with some recommendations for meals or sleeping as well, but for now my goal is to prove how gorgeous Romania is!
The highlight in Buzau consists in the area around Siriu Mountains, and not only because I am fond of hiking... They hide the majority of interesting places to see, and they offer astonishing views, both from base or from mountain destinations. The foothills of these mountains offer some great perspectives to explore the landmarks of this area:
Siriu Dam - built on the Buzau river between 1982 - 1994, forming one of the most beautiful lakes in Romania. It has been created in the valley between Siriu and Podu Calului massifs, after relocating an entire village and rerouting the national road. It is a perfect place to lie in the sun, to fish, raft, appropriate for horse riding, cycling and many more...
Eagles' Lake (1420 meters) - at the end of a 4-hour fabulous mountain route, one of my favorite in Romania, offering breathtaking views over the surrounding mountains. The name of the lake comes from a legend stating that eagles come here in the spring to drink water and to teach their babies how to fly. It is to be reached by foot or by bike, and it would be nice to set up a tent next to a campfire, spend the night by the lake and use the next day to conquer the surrounding summits - Siriu (1657 m) and Malaia (1662 m).
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Pruncea (Casoca) Waterfall - water falling from six meters above, located in one of the most chilling natural landscape in Romania! Plus, you can relive the legend of Gheorghilas, Romania's Robin Hood who used to hide in a hole next to the waterfall.
The Muddy Volcanoes - the 2nd largest such area in the world. If you have ever dreamed to step on the moon, then this is the closest you will get from that feeling! Natural gas coming deep from more than 3000 meters underground forms miniature craters that can be seen on the surface. The soil is sterile and covered by mud, while traces of oil can be spotted from time to time.
The Living Fires - another phenomenon caused by gas, this time igniting thanks to sunshine and rubbing with the soil, provoking blue flames that almost never extinguish. There are to be found at the end of a nice 1-hour back-and-forth stroll through an evergreen forest, and they can be easily missed since the whole area is only around 24 sqm, and the fires are pretty small.
Amber Museum, Colti - probably the most important museum in the world to explore the art of amber, discovered in the region in different forms and in the widest variety of colors (about 160 shades).
LacertA Winery - one of the most important vineyard in Romania, winner of different international prizes, displayed on a modern domain ready to receive its guests for tours, events or wine tasting.
These are all perfect destinations to spend some quality time in Buzau, but there is more to do on the road as well. Routes in Buzau may not be the most modern, but offer some astonishing views over the mountains, hills, waters and everything nature has to offer in this area. We people from Bucharest prefer this area for weekend escapes, since it is very close and less crowded like I said. Around two days in the mountains and another two on the road will be more than enough to uncover this beautiful area, a perfect place for foreigners to combine with a nice city-break in Bucharest.
Buzau is appropriate for mountain lovers, for mountain bikers and for people looking for some interesting curiosities of nature. If you are like myself, then you'll definitely love Buzau County!
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