Corvin Castle, Hunedoara
Sarmizegetusa Regia, Hunedoara, Romania
Simeria Dendrological Park
The county of Hunedoara is a great destination for any traveler. Its landscape offers great variety and is home to the first national geopark in Romania, as well as to most of the Dacian fortresses. Hunedoara's plethora of hiking and mountain biking trails take you through a charming landscape of gorges, waterfalls, alpine lakes, and the rugged ridges of the Retezat and Parang mountains. Families will find medieval castles, thermal baths, or lush gardens that are perfect for exploring with children.
Attractions à Hunedoara
Discover the region
Besides a generous variety of outdoor activities, Hunedoara is a great option if you are into sustainable travel and supporting local communities. Look for guesthouses or cabins in the smaller villages around Hațeg or Grădiștea de Munte. Most hosts also offer meals- you'll be sure to enjoy the creamy sauces or the cheese and jam fried pies typical of the area.
When it comes to the ideal time of year to visit, rest assured that with the right equipment, you can explore the most beautiful places in Hunedoara in any season, whether you're there for hiking, biking, climbing, skiing or simply walking around with your camera in hand.
Hunedoara: a heaven for outdoor fans
Mountain hikes to the glacial lakes and the rugged ridges of the Retezat and Parang Mountains are among the most popular outdoor activities in Hunedoara County and the Jiu Valley is the ideal place for long-distance hikes. The town of Petroșani is one of the gateways to the Parâng Mountains, while the neighboring towns of Vulcan or Uricani open numerous paths to the Retezat Mountains.
The Petroșani Basin is also a hotspot for mountain bikers who flock there to ride down the mountains. Known as the Jiu Valley MTB Trails, the network of downhill trails near Straja or Petroșani isn't for the fainthearted. To train your other muscles, these trails also function for trail running.
The bare rocky walls and the impressive landscapes of the Jiu Gorges or the Butii Gorges are a dream come true for any sports climber. Although the area is less popular for this activity, the rush and thrill of discovering unconquered climbing crags attracts many adventurers.
Skiers who come to the resorts of Straja and Parâng in winter will find plenty of accommodation, slopes with beautiful views, modern facilities and fewer crowds than in the popular resorts in Prahova Valley.
If you're Looking for easier walks in Hunedoara- maybe even somewhere you can also take your dog- try further north, around Deva. In the Dendrological Park of Simeria or in the aristocratic gardens of Banpotoc you'll find just the perfect spots for strolling, relaxing, and admiring nature.
The Țara Hațegului Dinosaurs Geopark
A Day trip to the Dacian fortresses in Hunedoara
Strategically located in the heart of the mountains, visiting the Dacian fortresses is a must when in Hunedoara
To get an idea of the entire Dacian defense system, try doing a full tour of the ruins, which is possible only by car or bike. You can start from Petroșani, on the following route: Bănița Dacian Fortress (ruins) - Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa (Hațeg Depression) - Piatra Roșie Fortress (Boșorod, unexcavated) - Costești Fortress - Blidaru Fortress - Fetele Albe Fortress (barely visible ruins) - Sarmizegetusa Regia.
Photo: Cosmin Ștefănescu, commons.wikimedia.com
Hunedoara: a place of extremes for landscape photographers
Video: Mihaela și Muntele
The former mining towns of Petroșani and Petrila are just the opposite.
Although not promoted, the city of Petroșani is looking up to tourism to be reborn from its own ashes, after the closure of the local coal mines. Definitely worth a look, especially as many mountain hikes or MTB trails start from here. You also have easy access from here to Băniței and Butii- the areas in the Șureanu Mountains with the most beautiful gorges.
Similarly interesting, Petrila has a valuable industrial heritage that looks spectacular if you know how to frame it.