The Apuseni moutains are outstanding for walking or moutainbiking. There are endless possibilities on the doorstep of Tara Nomada. The diversity in the flora and fauna is epic. In this area you can find large impressive butterflies, wild deer, lynx, foxes, bears and wolves. Many birds of prey can also been seen. The Apuseni moutains are known for large ammounts of caves, thick overgrown forrests and impressive cliff formations. The age old farming methods and traditions are used to this day.
There are many cultural actives and possiblities in the area:
• Salina Turda – In Turda deep underground you can find a large disused salt mine. It was in use untill 1932, since then it has been preserved and was opened to the public as a turist attraction in 1992. The mine is known for the clean air being kept at 11 degress, on a hot summers day it’s a great way to cool off! Salina Turda has a historial museum with lots of attractive activities. By the salt mines there are also salt baths and a spa
www.salinaturda.eu . The old medievil centre of Turda is worth a visit with her large orthodox church and historical museum.
Rimetea (31km) – This village, also known as Torocko, can be found on the UNESCO world Heritage list. The area is a Hungarian enclave and the village has been built with a traditional Hugarian style. Within the village you can find a museum explaining the history, cafes and tourist shops selling beautiful traditional clothing, rugs and wool. It is a very popular place particaluarly for native Hungarians, coming by bus in large groups. Rimetea can be used as a starting point to climb Secuiului / Szeker rock sitting 1126m above sea level. While visiting Rimetea it’s also worth popping by Alba Iulia as this village lies on the same route.
Monasteries and Churchs –In the whole region beautiful orthadox churches litter the valley. They are often free to visit and offer beautiful architecture and tell the history of the region.
Cluj-Napoca (70km) – The biggest city in Transylvania and Romania’s second city has a lot of history and things to see. Its an international student city with a lively summer social scene. With old architecture, museums, botanical gardens and nice restraunts there’s something for everyone to explore.
Turda Gorge (30km) in the nature reserve Cheile Turzii you can find the Turda Gorge. A beautiful gorge with over 1000 sorts of plants, butterflies and animals. The gorge is easy to walk wether you are old or young. Rock walls within gorge are up to 200m high.
Alba Iulia (80km) – The capital of the Alba district. It was once the capital of the Hungarian Empire thus has a beautiful old centre. The old walled city is formed in a seven-point star protecting its inhabitants from unwanted visitors hundreds of years ago. It’s best known for the Habsburgse citadel but the orthadox and catholic catherdral are also worth seeing. Of course cafés and restaurants can be found inbetween all the history. Also on the route to Alba Iulia you pass Rimetea and Aiud, both well worth a visit.
Pestera Scarisoara – Ice caves in Ghetar (85km) These glacial caves have a 48m deep shaft, that comes out in two gigantic spaces filled with ice. The largest is 100,000m2. In the cave you can find impressive stalagmites and stalactites, where the temprature is a constant -1 C. It’s a great way to cool off on a hot summers day.
Skiing (32km) – In the cold winter months experienced skiers can take to the backcountry and explore off piste. In the Apuseni moutains. There are also the more conventional piested slopes. The nearest is in Baisoara (32km) from Tara Nomada. The slopes are 1200m with a slalom course of 300m with a cable lift. Those looking for longer runs could explore Arieseni (99km). Its possible to rent boards and skis at both locations.
Marathon – In May a yearly Marathon takes place in the Apuseni. The start point lies in Baisoara (32km) and different lengths can be ran – a full mountain marathon, half, the cross (7.2km) and the family race. For more information and the exact dates www.maratonapuseni.ro