Driving trough the Transfargarasan

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July 28th 2016
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After a good night rest and a good Romanian breakfast it was time again to continue. The motorway ended at Sibiu so now we had to continue on the national roads crossing the Carpathian Mountains. There are 2 options from Sibiu to Bucharest.

• The regular road E81, also known as the Olt River Valley

• The Transfargarasan

My colleagues from Bucharest recommended me to go via the Transfargarasan. According Top Gear this road is the best driving road of the world. It is also forbidden for trucks so you don't need to overtake slow trucks on curvy roads. And the view during the trip is amazing. So all together it is the most spectacular road of Romania.

We left Sibiu toward the direction of Brasov. There are no proper descriptions to go to the Transfargarasan, so you really need to know the road number, 7C to take the right exit. Slowly you arrive to curvy roads and start to climb the mountains. On the way there are many places with stands where you can stop for a short break. When we reached the top, we took our time to enjoy the view around. The view of the curvy roads, the crater lake on top of the mountain, the nice stands with food and souvenirs. For sure this route was the right choice.

After taking many pictures and took some snacks, we continued. To cross the top of the mountain there is a tunnel, which is very thigh and dark. If you have claustrophobia, you would have a serious issue to go through this tunnel. On the other side of the mountain, we started to go downhill. We stopped at the next touristic spots, the Capra waterfall and the Vidraru dam / lake.

After the Vidraru Dam, the roads are becoming less curvy. The next touristic spot is the ruins of one of Dracula's castles.

Going down further the curvy roads are ending after reaching the small town Curtea de Arges, from where we continue on the national road to the direction of the big city of Pitesti where we could continue on the motorway to the direction of Bucharest.

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