Fundata, a peaceful oasis in Transilvania, Romania
November 26th, 2017 by Luiza
I think there is nothing in this world as the nature to charge you with positive energy and to make you appreciate the little things in life that matter the most. Luckily, on our last trip to Romania, usually fast-paced, we had the amazing opportunity to relax few days in Transylvania. I said opportunity as we didn’t have anything planned. It was a birthday gift for my 30th’s (love you so much, guys).
These 2 days made me remember to look around and appreciate what I have because things may change in the nearest future. I realized I missed the mountains, the forests, the old countryside houses that spread everywhere the smell of traditional cuisine. I missed the time spent with my loved ones.
Fundata is one of those places with the cleanest and fresh air in Romania. Wherever you look you can see beautiful mountain peaks covered with trees, flowers or grass.
This place has the highest altitude from Romania (1,360 meters) as a village. It is located in Transylvania, a very well known historical region in central Romania, guarded by Carpathians Mountains. There are plenty ways to reach this village. For example, if you come from Bucharest you will need about 3 hours driving if you follow one of the following paths. The traffic can be very congested during public holidays and weekends.
From Bucharest to:
- Ploiesti – Predeal – Paraul Rece – Rasnov – Fundata;
- Pitesti – Campulung – Fundata;
- Targoviste – Campulung – Fundata;
What to do in Fundata
Mountain trips a Fundata is surrounded by the Bucegi Mountains, on one side, and the Piatra Craiului Mountains, on the other side. Because some trails are not easy at all, we recommend to properly equip yourself before you start your trek. It is mandatory to have the right equipment and to be informed so please obtain a special tourist map that includes well marked routes.
Even for those who are less adventurous, Fundata has something to offer. Bring your favourite book and read in the nature or maybe just find a spot to sit a simply enjoy the peaceful countryside life. The views change spectacularly from season to season, but even from day to day or hour to hour, so it’s almost impossible for you to get bored.
Exploring the village cobbled streets, by foot or by carriage, gives you the opportunity to discover a different but amazing way of living. Small traditional houses built with wood and stone, domestic animals feeding on the pastures, local people working their fields, honest smiles that greet you although they met you for the first time. We bet that all these things will “recharge your batteries” and make you feel alive.
Where to stay
This is something you don’t have to worry about. The accommodation is for all tastes. The traditional houses will help you experience the countryside life and customs and they are quite cheap. But also, there are modern guest-houses that offer additional facilities, entertaining activities, such as swimming pool, SPA, off-road tours, etc. Of course, at a higher price.
Perfectly located between the two mountains that guard Fundata, Cheile Gradistei Fundata Complex is an alpine-style resort with warm and rustic rooms. The price is RON (Romanian Leu) 250/ night, approximately €55/ night, breakfast included (buffet style). It’s not the cheapest option but for few days it’s worth every cent. The location is perfect and allows you to wake up with an amazing view.
What to eat
Romanian traditional food is vast and tasty and not very friendly for people on diet.
Besides beautiful landscapes, Fundata is also famous for its traditional dishes, especially for cheese, milk, polenta, sausages and pastrami.
You may buy this food from locals, cooking yourself or eating in a restaurant. We actually chose the last option, the most practical for this weekend break.
We tried food we had not eaten for a long time, we ate the best bean ragout with smoked pork hocks, grilled lamb pastrami, pot beef stew and the best grain or milk rice. I reminded myself the authentic taste of the childhood that made me forget for one moment the existence of chicken salad or plain vegetables.
Now, tell me what’s the place that makes you feel at peace?
Courious about other beautiful place in Transilvania? Check our article about Sibiu.