Location: The Iron Gates are situated in the
aria between Varciorova locality and Gura Vaii locality (Mehedinti
Description: The name applies to the region where the Danube
River cuts through the Carpathian Mountains forming a spectacular
defile. The Danube Defile contains some of the best preserved
archeological sites from the southeastern Europe. Many were
discovered during the surveys undertaken in 1960 before the
construction of the two hydropower stations start. The karstic
relief and the interesting vegetation which contains southern
elements and many rare species of plants are other attractions
which recommend visiting these places
Location: Cazanele Dunarii designates a part
of Danube’s Defile, covering the aria between Dubova
and Ogradena localities.
Description: This sector of the Danube Defile is 9 km long.
Here the Danube Valley is getting narrow being 180-200 m in
width. The walls are almost vertical, caves and eddies appear.
In the Cazanele Mari region there are Gura Ponicovei and Veterani
caves. This region is a natural complex reservation. The calcareous
rocks called Ciucarul Mare and Ciucarul Mic draw the attention
especially by their interesting vegetation.
The Olt’s Defile
Location: it is located between Turnu Rosu and
Description: The Olt’s Defile is 17 km long and separates
Fagaras Mountains from Lotru Mountains. Along the defile there
are a railway and a main road which facilitate the access
between Sibiu and Rm.Valcea. The sceneries are magnificent.
Cozia Mountain is 1668 m high and presents a picturesque relief
with steeps, indented ridges, anthropomorphic forms (Cozia’s
Sphinx, the Little Shepard, the Outlaw, the Bear and the Pharaoh)
and also an interesting vegetation with many rare species
of plants. You can also visit Cozia Monastery or Stanisoara
The Jiu Defile
Location: between Livezeni and Bumbesti-Jiu
localities, Gorj County.
Description: The Jiu Defile was realized by Jiu River separating
the Parang Mountains and the Valcan Mountains. It is 30 km
The Mures Defile
Location: between Toplita and Deda localities.
Description: The Mures Defile is cut by the Mures River into
the andesitic and the pyroclastic rocks of the volcanic mountains
which are separated by the river: Harghita Mountains and Gurghiu
Mountains. It is 50 km long and 80-100 m in width.
The Turda Gorges
Location: They are situated in the proximity
of Petrestii de Jos commune, Cluj County.
Description: The gorges are cut by the river Hasdate in the
northern part of Trascau Mountains (Apuseni Mountains). The
walls, 100 m high and strongly fragmented, the numerous caves
and the floristic diversity complete a picturesque scenery
which recommends this place as an important tourist objective.
As a curiosity, this is the place with the lowest altitude
from Romania (540 m ) where the edelweiss appears.
The Bicaz Gorges
Location: They are situated between the Lacu
Rosu Resort and the Bicaz-Chei commune.
Description: The Bicaz Gorges are cut by Bicaz River in the
central-eastern part of Hasmasu Mountains. They are 8 km long.
In this area Bicaz Valley is flanked by some heights locally
called “Pietre”( Stones) like Piatra Altarului
(the Altar’s Stone), Piatra Arsitei ( the Burnt Stone),
Piatra Glodului( the Mud Stone). In the central part of the
Bicaz Gorges there is the most spectacular point called “the
Devil’s Throat” which consists in very steep walls
situated very close one to another so the sun rays can not
reach to the surface of the water. The region is very frequented
by the alpinists. The Bicaz Gorges are a natural protected
The Nera Gorges
Location: Nera Gorges are situated nearby Sopotu
Nou village, Caras-Severin County.
Description: These picturesque and wild gorges were realized
by Nera River at the point where the river leaves Almaj Depression
and they separate Locvei Mountains and Semenic Mountains.
The gorges are 18 km long. In this region it is organized
Cheile Nerei-Beusnita Reservation which protects plants like
the lilac, the motley tulip, the thorn, the smoke tree.
The Sohodol Gorges
Location: in the proximity of Runcu commune,
Description: The Sohodol Gorges were realized by the homonymous
river in the calcareous rocks of Valcan Mountains. A tourist
attraction is considered to be the “Narile” (“the
Nostrils”). In this place were filmed some scenes for
“Iancu Jianu” movie.
The Oltet Gorges
Location: in the proximity of Polovragi commune,
Description: The Oltet Gorges were realized in the calcareous
rocks of Capatanii Mountains. In this place there is to be
found Polovragi Cave where Zamolxis, the God of the Geto-Dacians.
The Zugreni Gorges
Location: are situated in the superior course
of Bistrita River.
Description: The Zugreni Gorges are formed by Bistrita River
between the Giumalau Massif and the Pietrosu Bistritei Massif.
The Ramet Gorges
Location: in the proximity of Ramet commune,
Description: The Ramet Gorges were realized by Stremt River
in the calcareous rocks of the Trascau Mountains. The Ramet
Gorges are extremely narrow, with steep walls. At the basis
of the walls there can be found caves’ mouths. The region
was declared natural reservation.