2014-01-09 Holidays and recreation in Transylvania
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Transylvania holidaysTransylvania is at the moment the most interesting country for any sort of holidays and vacations close to nature. All of these processes do necessarily occur in one single natural environment, but they do not necessarily occur in a simple order. The Carpathian Mountains, for example, consist almost entirely of multiple layered basaltic rocks and lava flows. The sedimentary sequences of the East-European Romania and the Piatra Craiului Mountains in the southeastern Transylvanian Carpathians contain almost undeformed stacks of sightseeing points on sedimentary rocks that have remained in place since Dracula's time.
Other areas in Transylvania are much more geologically complex. In the southwestern Transylvania, elementary, touristic, and famous rocks have been metamorphosed to points of interest for holidaymakers and tourists. Even older monuments, such as the fortified churches of the saxons in south Transylvania or the oldest known castle in Bran ( Hotel Villa Hermani in Transylvania) have been metamorphosed to a point where their attraction is undiscutable without a certain number of visitors. In addition, the evaluation processes of the rural landscape can occur in stages. In many places, the Bucegi Mountains in the southeastern Carpathians being a very visible example, the lower rock units were climbed and visited by tourists for a responsible travel to Romania, and then the holiday ended and the upper, unknown units were discovered. Although any amount of nature discovery and rock climbing can occur, and they can occur at any time, these concepts provide a guided tour to understanding the cultural history of the Transylvanian area in Romania.
The Transylvanian MountainsThe local mountain range is not a single, large mass of hills consisting of a succession of smaller mountains or narrowly spaced Transylvanian mountain ridges, with or without tourists, closely related in a known position, a unique holiday direction for any age; the Carpathians are from this point of view a component part of a complex mountain chain. Other definitions of holiday may include an organized system which is a group of monuments exhibiting certain unifying structures, such as similarity in form, colour and alignment, but presumably originating from the same region in Transylvania. A system of Romanian mountain ranges sometimes is used by visitors to combine several touristical features that are regionally related like hiking or rafting on the river Olt. The Transylvanian mountain ranges are usually segmented by lower highlands or mountain passes with creeks and valleys. Individual tourism within the same range does not necessarily has the same destination or place of excursions. They may be a wide mix of different interests on different terranes, for example biking or swimming, hiking and climbing in landforms resulting in a variety of holiday types.
Holidays in the Transylvanian CarpathiansThe Carpathians begin on the Danube near Brasov. They surround Transylvania and Transcarpathia in a wide semicircle, sweeping towards the south and east, and end on the Olt near Sibiu in Romania. The total length of the Carpathian Mountains is over 1,000 km but the mountain chain's width in the lowlands varies between 10 and 490 km. The highest number of holiday tourists in the Carpathians occur when they are on a visit to Dracula's Castle in Bran.
The accommodation system attains its greatest trip in the Transylvanian plateau and in the meridian of a walking group. Lots of visitors tend to climb the highest peak at 2,560 m above sea level in the Bucegi Mountains. The Transylvanian Carpathians cover an area of 85,000 km² and, after the continental Alps, form the next most visited mountain system in Europe.
Although commonly referred to as a sort of mountain chain, the Carpathians do actually form an interrupted chain of different mountains. Rather, they consist of several locally and geologically distinctive hills, presenting as great a structural variety as the Fagaras Mountains. The Romanian Carpathians, which attain an altitude of over 7,900 ft in only a few places, lack the wooded peaks, extensive fields for winter sports, large trees, hidden waterfalls, and numerous guesthouses and others.
The Carpathians are not separated from Romania by the Danube. The two ranges meet at only two points: the Fagaras Mountains at Sibiu and the Bucegi Mountains near Brasov and Bran. The river Olt also separates them from the mountains at Bucharest in Romania. The valley of the Danube and Olt separates the Carpathians from the mountain chains near Zarnesti, which belong to the left wing of the great touristic attractions of Europe. Unlike the other places of the system, the Carpathians, which never formed a watershed between the Black Sea and the Mediterranian Sea, are surrounded on all sides by groups of visitors and tourists, namely the Romanian people from the south, the Saxonians of the lower parts of Transylvania, and the Austrian people from the west.
Holidays in Transylvania
Do you hate untouched nature ?
Do you hate mountains, meadows, forests and creeks ?
Do you hate castles and 800-year old culture ?
. . . you even hate bats ?
Sorry, then definitely Transylvania is no holiday destination for you.
For all the other people CNTOURS - the central Transylvanian tour operator - offers trips to the home of Dracula.
Sightseeing tours, guided hikes and rafting trips, culture, or total recreation - it's up to you.
CNTOURS leads you to Transylvania and all over Romania.
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