This is the best road in the world – said Jeremy Clarkson in a Top Gear episode while comparing it to a race track. Still, Transfagarasan offers so much more besides the amazing driving experience, connecting the south of Romania with Transylvania, going straight across the massive Fagaras Mountains through five tunnels and winding roads that needed 6,500 tons of dynamite to be built.
Transfagarasan is 90 km long and reaches an altitude of 2,042 meters, being the second highest road in Romania after Transalpina that has the maximum altitude of 2,145 meters.
Balea Lake, an iconic glacial lake located at an altitude of 2,034 meters, close to the highest point of the road. It’s the main resource for creating a unique attraction in Romania, the Ice Hotel. Every year, the hotel is built from ice blocks taken from Balea Lake, and every year it’s fully booked before it starts to snow in Romania.
Transylvania is a home not only to a vampire hotel, but also to the Valley of the Fairies. Located in a village Porumbacu de Sus, Romania, Clay Castle of the Valley of Fairies is a newly built hotel.
Beautiful Carpathian Mountains serve as a mesmerizing backdrop, for this charming little home away from home. The Clay Castle hotel consists of ten rooms and each has its own entrance. The hotel is built with Eco-friendly materials only: clay, sand, straw and wood were used to build the place. It also has a restaurant, which will serve an organic food.
There is no doubt, that soon this place is on top of the list of places to visit in Romania. Even now, when construction is still going on, visitors come to enjoy picturesque spot.
Sibiu - Transfagarasan - Balea Lake - Porumbacu de Sus (Clay Castle) - Sibiu