Route: Poiana Brasov - Brasov city - Prejmer Fortified Church - Intorsura Buzaului - Zagon - Covasna - Targu Secuiesc - Turia - Baile Balvanyos (a total of 110 km; cycle 74 km)Point of interest
Brasov is a Transylvanian town lying at the foot of Carpathian (average altitude 600m) in a pleasant natural setting. It is an ancient center of crafts and trade, first mentioned in historical documents in 1235 under the name of Corona. We have time for a walking tour of the old town where we can admire the medieval part with: The Black Church that houses a priceless collection of Oriental rugs as well as a 4000-pipe organ, The Town Hall Square, The Central Park, The Black Tower, The White Tower, the Rope Street – the narrowest street in Europe and the first Romanian School in Transylvania.
Prejmer is the biggest fortified church in Southeastern Europe built in the 14th century. The fortress with double walls and dungeons makes you think to the ancient tales. Inside its walls, there is a church, but the interesting thing here is the honey-comb like an inner wall. Every family had one small room for sheltering in case the village was attacked.
Covasna became famous because of the so-called Devils Swamp, with violent emanations of alkaline carbon-gaseous waters and grey mud. It was first mentioned in documents around the 16th century. The Fairs Citadel stands testimony of its ancient existence. Nowadays, it is one of the most appreciated spas in Romania, people being able to find here cures for cardiovascular diseases, dermatological diseases, locomotion ailments (joint problems), and aliments associated to the aging process. The spa is located at 564 m altitudes, in the meeting place of the eastern side of Vrancea Mountains with the Depression of Barsa, 31 km far from Sfantu Gheorghe and 60 km far from Brasov. In the area of Baile Balvanyos, long time ago, people have discovered the curative qualities of the mineral waters in Balvanyos. They were used therapeutically against various affections; starting with 1938 it has begun the exploitation of the mineral waters, in the same year with the building of a hotel. Currently, the hotel is completely renovated and belongs to the Best Western Hotelier Chain. The spa is located at 775-800 m altitudes, on the southern side of Bodoc Mountains,67 km far from Sfantu Gheorghe.
Accommodation in Baile Balvanyos.