Back on an outing, this time by bike.
The weather was perfect so we felt the need to move.
In the Piatra Craiului National Park there are 11 cycling routes, most of them starting from Zărneşti. The range of routes is varied (light, medium and difficult), so we chose a light route, on asphalt, the route with no. 1 Zărneşti- Plaiul Foii Chalet.
It is a route with a length of 11 km, with special views over the Piatra Craiului Massif, perfect to enjoy the beauty of nature, the fresh mountain air.
We carefully studied the map of the cycling routes located near the Tourist Information Center in Zărneşti and we at the info center to show us the direction to Plaiul Foii Chalet.
Before we left, we stocked up on water and took two or three more photos of the map description to make sure we didn’t get lost (although we also found out from the information center that it is a very well signposted route).
Until we left the town we were a little confused, but when we saw the mountain rising above us, we relaxed and pedaled quietly from time to time looking to the left – Piatra Craiului, what a beauty!
The first stop was near the Visitor Center of the Piatra Craiului National Park. I also visited the museum, this time faster because I had visited it last summer.
The Visitor Center is designed as a circuit tour.
The children will be delighted to discover information about the Piatra Craiului mountains (flora, fauna, geology, caves), they will explore photo collections and a 3D model of the National Park.
The museum features a cave and a traditional sheepfold.
The center is also designed for people with disabilities and the admission is free.
The visiting schedule can be accessed on: https://www.pcrai.ro/schedule
Some photos can be found below (source: Piatra Craiului National Park):
It’s worth visiting! It is interactive and very attractive for the little ones, especially.
Up to the visitor center are approx. 2 km from the center of Zărneşti (can be easily reached on foot).
We continued the route by bike. 🚵♂️🚵♀️ What a spectacular view, raw green. 🌱🍃🌲🌿
At kilometer 8 near Popasul Craiului Chalet we took another water break.
We retreated into the shade of a tree and added a few more photos to our portfolio.
It is impossible not to stop to admire the view of the Pietrei Craiului Mountains.
At peace, the panorama of the mountains really makes you detach yourself a little from the everyday life. ⛰🌿
Relax, breathe, enjoy! 🍃😮🧘♂️
Do you think you deserve a longer break? You can stop at the terraces in the area for a cold drink or a traditional meal – at Cabana Popasul Craiului, Cabana Plaiul Foii, Complex 7 Crai, Panorama Pietrei Craiului, or on your return at Restaurant Padina Craiului.
Whatever you choose, you will surely enjoy the dishes as well as the view.
The bike route continues, being asphalt to the Plaiul Foii Chalet.
I won’t tell you where and what I ate, but I’ll leave you with a picture of the traditional dessert Papanaşi – delicious, a delight. 😋🥞
In Zărneşti, you can really find the best Papanaşi. Most restaurants in the area serve this dessert. 😋😮
We left our bike at Cabana Plaiul Foii and we chose to take another short hike in the area, on the route Cabana Plaiul Foii- Bârsa Groşețului, duration of the route approximately 20 minutes, very easy, marked with red tape, towards Rudărița canton.
This is our favorite place.
I wouldn’t want to leave anymore … It’s like time stands still here …
On the way back, before we took the bikes, we admired the view a bit. It is very difficult to break away from such beauty.
✔ Travel Tips:
If you do not have a bicycle, you can choose one of the bicycle rental centers in the city of Zărneşti:
Mountainbike Romania, tel: +40735154074
Casa Zărneşteană Guest house, tel: +40745769763
Electric Bikes- E-bike Piatra Craiului – tel +40735591561
Plaiul Foii Chalet, Plaiul Foii – Zărneşti, tel: +40726380323
✔ Find the description of the routes on 👉 https://www.pcrai.ro/bike-trails or buy the map of the cycling routes from the Visitor Center of the Piatra Craiului National Park, Toplița St., no.150, on the way to Plaiul Foii area.
ℹ Find more details at the headquarters of the Tourist Information and Promotion Centre in Zărneşti, Dr. Tiberiu Spârchez St., no. 12A, near the Romanian Post.
Next time, grab a bike and start cycling!