Hiking and trails

Hiking and trails

West trail - Sovata

This alley has the role of linking the Ursu Lake with the newly created tourist area in the north of the city,to the west of the protected area. The alley starts from the shores of Ursu Lake, climbs forested hills to the limit of the protected area, where it intersects with the forest road leading to Lake Tineretului. He climbs steep slopes, passes a condominium to the Green and Red lakes, crosses the valleys created in the salt mountain and at the end of the ridge reaches a spot with a view of the western valley and the northern part of the city. The end of the route is marked by a belvedere building.

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Pietrosul Călimanilor Peak I Călimani Mountains

This is one of the most popular hiking trails that leads to the ridge of the Călimani Mountains. The starting point of the route marked with a blue cross is the mouth of Ilva stream, in the upper half of Lunca Bradului, from where a forest road leads to the confluence of Negoiu and Pietrosul streams. The forest road is accessible up to this point by car, which can be parked here.

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Eco-educational salt trail - Sovata

This route was created to present the specific values ​​of the lakes and the mountains of salt, of the habitats in the wet environment.

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Walkway of Red and Green Lakes - Sovata

The alley starts from the shore of Lake Ursu, follows the line of the arranged shore of the two lakes and ends at the resting place arranged at the foot of the Salt Mountain. The lakes are not directly accesibble, and to prevent the direct access of tourists to the salt mountain, there is a railing made of oak pillars.The therapeutic sludge of the Red and Green lakes being exploited in the period 1981-1986, at the end of this period the lakes entered the state of "conservation for regeneration" (in force until otherwise indicated by the National Agency for Mineral Resources).As the ban on bathing / extracting the sludge was not respected by the visiting public, a protective fence was placed around the lakes.

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Bear Lake walkway - Sovata

Ursu Lake is the most valuable element within the protected natural area, and the tourist attraction number one in Sovata. The alley arranged around it has a length of 1,085 m. In order to create facilities for the tourists who cross it, a series of facilities and constructions have been proposed to provide comfort and new places of attraction. One end of this alley is located southeast of the lake, in the vicinity of the park in the center of the resort. The other is at the eastern foot of the lake and access to the pool. Along the main path around Ursu Lake there are 8 nodal points with different functions: resting places, information point, public sanitary group. Points 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8 are simple layouts with a circulation platform and sitting benches. Point 1 is the main access point on the shores of the lake.Point 4 opens the view to the lake and resort and starts the eco-didactic route of the Salt Lake and the western alley. Point 7 is the southern end of the Tivoli alley. Point 3 is a special place, an area stretching between the lakes of Ursu and Aluniş. The facilities in this place are: information point building, protected area management sites, resting places, and more. Point 5 is the access point to the Green and Red lakes and Paraschiva Lake, where a covered resting place is arranged here.

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Eco-educational walkway - Sovata

This route starts from the shores of Ursu Lake, surrounds Paraschiva Lake, passes through the meadow and the valleys of the deciduous forest, and returns to Ursu Lake on the western bank of the Tivoli Stream. Line of the eco-didactic route, the path itself is not built. Due to rugged relief in places with difficulty in walking, there are elements that help to cross and observe the place (railing with ladder, rest points, roofed belvedere, forest school).

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Tourist alley Tivoli - Sovata

The Tivoli Tourist Alley (area I) has an approximate length of 330 m. Starting from the shores of Ursu Lake, climbs a first steep sloping section, after which it is branched into a Y shape and reaches two different routes to the asphalt road. The eastern arm passes through a bridge with a special architecture over the existing dam and through the steps it reaches the road, where it turns on a road along the road to the south. The northern arm passes through the small bridge over a ravine, climbs steadily through the stairs and reaches an eastern slope, which passes almost horizontally. The alley reaches the road and continues along the opposite side of the street. The Tivoli Tourist Alley (area II) with a length of approx. 255 m starts in front of Tivoli Pension,and it heads northwards on the eastern side of the road to Tineretului Lake, being arranged as a footpath type.

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Becheci peak

The Becheci Mountain forms part of the southern range of the Gurghiu Mountains, it lies in the eastern part of Mureş County. It is bounded in the northwest by the Niraj Valley and in the southeast by the Târnava Mică Valley. Its highest point, the Becheci peak, is 1080 m high. On the Becheci peak the ruins of a fortress could still be seen at the beginning of the 20th century. Near the peak there used to stand a chapel, but this was destroyed in the 18th century. In its memory, through the joint effort of the surrounding settlements, a new, ecumenical chapel was built; it was consecrated to the Holy Cross in October 2011. Its first pilgrimage was held on 5 May in the following year.

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Tourist route: Sighișoara - Breite Plateau - Stejărenii - Sighișoara

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Scaunul Domnului - Munții Călimani

The blue stripe tourist mark starts from the village Bistra Mureşului, it is approximately 9 km long and it takes about 3-4 hours, its degree of difficulty is medium. The blue cross and blue triangle marks start from the forest road of Bistra Mureşului, then continue up along the stream Zapodia cu Cale, this route being longer both in distance and time than the previous one. The route marked with blue circle starts from the village Galónya/Gălăoaia, from the refuge there and advances along the stream Gălăoaia Mică up to Poiana de Mijloc, then it descends towards the God’s Chair. This is the longest route.

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Sărăcin Rocks | Călimani Mountains

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Poiana Fântânel | Călimani Mountains

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Bezidu Nou Reservoir

The Bezidu Nou reservoir was formed between 1975 and 1990, following the construction of the dam on the site of the village of Bezidu Nou. The purpose of its construction was to attenuate the flooding of Cușmed stream and to supply drinking and industrial water to the town of Târnăveni. However, the deviation from the initial plans and the increase in the capacity of the water reservoir from 10 million to 16 million m³ resulted in sacrificing the entire village of Bezidul Nou, from where a large part of the inhabitants were displaced. Today, the lake is a favourite weekend destination for local residents, with the ruins of former village houses sometimes piercing out on the surface of the water in summer. At the end of the lake, on the road to Crișeni, a Memorial Park has been set up, with a mourning wall, pictures of the past, a bell tower and funerary sculptures, where each sculpted pole symbolises a house, preserving the layout of the old village.

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The Fishing Lakes of Tăureni-Zau-Șăulia

The artificial lakes created by damming, near the town of Luduș, have multiple access possibilities from Cluj or Mureș. In addition to a particularly picturesque landscape, they offer visitors different fish species such as carp, crucian, catfish or pike. The lakes are suitable both for amateur anglers and for organising fishing competitions and contests.

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The Transylvanian Highlands Ecotourism Destination

The Transylvanian Highlands represent the area of villages with fortified churches between Sibiu, Mediaș, Sighișoara, Rupea and Făgăraș. It is a certified ecotourism destination, covering an area of about 260,000 hectares, home to over 100,000 people who live in 44 communes and towns. The "Transylvanian Hills" brand was established in 2012 by several local partners, who recognised the ecotouristic value of the territory overlapping the protected areas of Sighișoara - Târnava Mare - Podișul Hârtibaciului.  Tourists are attracted here by wild nature, a biodiversity rarely found in Europe, UNESCO monuments (Sighișoara, Saschiz), fortified churches (Cloașterf, Archita, Apold), Renaissance castles (Bethlen Castle - Criș), but also by the traditions and customs of the local communities of Saxons, Romanians, Hungarians or Roma, who have lived here for centuries. The Transylvanian Highlands destination was certified as an ecotourism destination in November 2022, after more than 10 years of efforts to develop the area in a balanced way using its well-preserved natural and cultural values as the main attraction for tourists.

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Via Transilvanica

Via Transilvanica is a long-distance tourist route that crosses Romania diagonally from Putna to Drobeta Turnu Severin and is designed for hiking, biking or horseback riding over a distance of 1400 km. The concept is similar to those found all over the world, from the El Camino pilgrimage route to wild North American long-distance trails such as the Appalachian Trail. The route is made up of 7 regions, linking different communities, where the traveller can have  unique experiences in an authentic natural and cultural setting. The "Road that unites", as Via Transilvanica is also called, is well marked with signposts, as well as with individually carved milestones (andesite), which form probably the longest art gallery in the world and accompany travellers throughout the hike.

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Upper Mureș Valley Nature Reserve

The Upper Mureș Valley Protected Area is located in the north-eastern part of Mures County, covering the administrative territories of the towns of Stânceni, Lunca Bradului, Răstolița and Deda. Here, the hard rock of the volcanic Călimani and Gurghiu mountains is completely pierced by the Mureș River for a distance of about 30 km, creating a particularly picturesque area. The presence of specially protected birdlife and landscape led to the protection by law of this area in 2007 becoming the Upper Mureș Valley Natural Park, which covers an area of 9000 ha. Here you can find protected species of birds, flowers  or animals, as well as rich coniferous and deciduous forests. The fast flowing waters of the river are ideal for rafting, especially in spring, and the whole park is suitable for hiking or biking.

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Via Mariae Pilgrimage Road

Via Mariae is a pilgrimage route for all denominations and tourists, linking the holy places dedicated to the Blessed Virgin in Central Europe and the cultural sights along the route. The Virgin Mary Trail crosses the eastern half of Europe, connecting on the direction West-East the towns of Mariazell, Máriapócs, Nicula and Șumuleu-Ciuc, and on the direction North-South the towns of Czestochowa, Budapest and Medjugorje, marking a cross on the map of Central Europe, where the cult of Our Lady has become a centuries-old tradition. The Mariazell-Șumuleu Ciuc route is 1400 km long and can be covered in 60 days on foot. The segment that runs over Mureș county is 100 km long, linking Sărmașu, Mădăraș, Târgu Mureș, Sângeorgiu de Mureș, Valea and Sărățeni and can be covered in 4 days. The route is managed and maintained by the Transylvanian Carpathian Association from Târgu Mureș.

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