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Transvâlcan: In the footsteps of Michael the Brave, among spectacular mountain landscapes

Transvâlcan, also known as "Michael the Brave's Road", is a forest road that takes you on a fascinating journey through the heart of the Valcan Mountains. The spectacular mountain scenery, with soaring ridges and deep valleys, will instantly captivate you and make you feel the thrill of adventure.

A road with a rich history:

The Transvalcano is over 2,000 years old, having been built since Roman times. It is said that Michael the Brave passed along this road in 1600, leading his army on his way to Transylvania. Hence the popular name of the road.

A challenge for off-road enthusiasts:

The road is paved only on the territory of Hunedoara County, between Vulcan and the Valcan Pass, the highest point of the route (1,621 m). The portion of the road from Pasul Vâlcan to Schela is unpaved and presents a higher degree of difficulty, being recommended only for 4x4 vehicles with high ground clearance.

An unforgettable experience:

The Transvallan is an ideal destination for mountain hiking, off-road and cycling enthusiasts. The spectacular scenery, fresh mountain air and complete peace and quiet will make you feel disconnected from everyday worries and help you recharge your energy.

Useful information for tourists:

  • Location: the Transvâlcan is located in Hunedoara and Gorj counties, connecting Vulcan and Schela.
  • Access:
    • By car: On the DN66 from Petroșani to Vulcan.
    • By train: Petroșani train station, followed by bus or taxi to Vulcan.
  • Route:
    • Vulcan - Valcan Pass (1621 m) - Schela (28 km)
  • Difficulty:
    • Paved portion: easy
    • Unpaved portion: medium to difficult
  • Recommendations:
    • Wear appropriate footwear for mountain hiking.
    • Bring sufficient water and supplies.
    • Follow traffic rules and do not damage the natural environment.
    • Find out thoroughly about the road and weather conditions before setting off.
    • Admire the beauty of nature and enjoy the tranquillity of the mountain.

In addition to the natural beauty of the place, Transvâlcanul will surprise you with a number of interesting sights:

  • Monument to the Heroes of the Valcan Pass: built in memory of the fallen heroes of the First World War.
  • Sick Cave: a spectacular cave with unique karst formations.
  • The Bathnița Gorges: an area with narrow gorges and spectacular waterfalls.
  • Dealu Monastery: an Orthodox monastery with a rich history.

The Transvolcan awaits you to discover a magical world where history blends harmoniously with the beauty of nature. In the footsteps of Michael the Brave, you will live an unforgettable experience on a road full of adventure and spectacular views.

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Additional tips:

  • Visit the Transvalkan out of tourist season to avoid the crowds.
  • Consider staying at one of the guesthouses in the area