Lavender field near Mădăraș
Lake Sfânta Ana
Attractions in Harghita
The architecture, customs, and cuisine of the Szeklerland micro-region (that includes Harghita) attract many tourists, curious to try and discover the peculiarities of the Szekler culture.
In addition, given its location where the Transylvanian Plateau meets the Carpathian Mountains, Harghita County offers charming landscapes and particular biodiversity that fully contributes to the tourist offer.
Discover Harghita in your own way - hiking, biking, solo or with kids
A large part of the county is covered by forests and mountain areas with moderate heights - a perfect excuse for occasional travelers or families with children to venture on relaxing walks around resorts such as Băile Tușnad, Borsec, Bucin or Praid, but also on more spectacular trekking paths such those in Vârghiș Gorges.
The Zetea Lake or the Sfânta Ana volcanic lake offer countless opportunities not only for rowing or trekking the trails in the area, but also for observing the flora and fauna, story photography, and even fishing (including ice fishing, during wintertime).
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More experienced hikers prefer the marked routes in the Bicaz Gorges - Hășmaș National Park; in the northern part of the county, there are several access routes to the peaks of the Călimani Mountains, some of them also accessible by mountain bike. Pietrosul Călimani peak is located right on the border with Suceava county.
Cycling is encouraged on any secondary road or near the resorts, with markings available here and there. Even though the heights are moderate and the viewpoints are harder to find, cyclists enjoy wide forest roads and fresh air.
Last but not least, the resorts in Harghita County - many of them identified by the name ”băi” (such as Homorod Băi, Harghita-Băi, Sântmibru Băi, Băile Tusnad, Borsec) - are recommended for treatments with natural mineral waters or cures with mofettes (rather their gas).