Snowy cliffs in the Bucegi Natural Park
Bucegi Mountains seen from Magura Branului
Bucegi Mountains, glacial valley
Bucegi Natural Park
Year of establishment: 1974
Area: 326.63 km²
Attractions in Bucegi Natural Park
Discover the region
Bucegi Natural Park was established in 1974. Following the considerable development of mountain tourism, the best part of the mountains were declared a protected area, in 2000, to curb the sharp deterioration of biodiversity.
The breathtaking beauty of the Bucegi Natural Park is offered by numerous karst formations, most of them being, in their turn, nature reserves or protected areas:
- Abruptul Prahovean (the Western slope of the Bucegi Mountains, that one can see from Busteni and Sinaia, with sharp rocks, valleys and glacial circuses, crevices, and enchanting alpine plateaus)
- Peculiar rock formations (Babele and the Sphinx)
- Gorges (Zanoaga, Tartar, or Horoabei Canyon)
- Laptici Marshland
- Waterfalls (Urlătoarea, Ialomiței)
- Bucșoiu-Mălăiești-Gaura group of mountains (probably the wildest area in the park)
- Strunga Pass (fossil site)
Those visiting the Bucegi Natural Park can try one of the numerous mountain routes for hiking, cross-country cycling, climbing, trail running, rock climbing canyoning, or areas of speleological interest - all with varying degrees of difficulty.
In the winter season, Prahova Valley is certainly the busiest tourist region in Romania, with many facilities for classic skiing and cross-country skiing or snowboarding.