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The Western Carpathians hide pristine streams that have carved their way through massive limestone formations and formed the spectacular karst landscape for which our destination – the Apuseni Natural Park – is known. Gorges, caves and a deep lake complete this special destination for fly fishing and nature lovers.
The river we fish is home to some of the finest grayling and trout fishing in the Romanian Carpathians. Through its clearness and its cognac colour, the river offers the landscape a specific warmth and welcoming feeling. You’ll be impressed by the diverse structure along its course; you’ll fish for trout in its shallow, narrow rapids and its calm and clear pools in the upper parts, then wade a bit further downstream to chase your catch in grayling paradise. After this, prepare for a small, beautiful river delta at the point where the river flows into the lake. Here, next to the beautiful wild brownies and the painted-like coloured graylings, you can also land greedy chub or try your luck with the elusive lake trout.
No matter your level of experience, the river is perfectly suited for beginners and advanced fly fishermen alike. So prepare your 3 to 5wt. 9ft rods and get in touch for the best fly patterns for your trip. You can order them in advance. See further details by clicking the button below.
Just a few minutes’ walk from our home base, you can easily reach the calm waters of the Belis-Fantanele reservoir. The lake stretches over 13 km and reaches depths of more than 100 m – just the perfect place for lake explorers! In the mid ‘70s, when the dam was built, 5 villages had to make way for economical “progress”. Their ruins lying underwater nourish the local legends that tell of the curses of the former inhabitants forced to leave their homes. And yes, during dry summers, the ruins of a church tower dating from the beginning of the XIX Century pierce the water surface as a reminder of the stories left behind. After all, we are in the birthplace of fascinating legends about strigoi – the real Transylvanian vampires; urieși – giants roaming in the mountains above, or vâlve – fairies, protector spirits of the woods, waters and all the nature around. Unlike its turbulent history, the calm waters of the lake leave us speechless with their beauty again and again.
Easy woodland tracks and gentle, grassy country roads through the rolling hills, or more challenging, rugged and steep trails – here you can experience them all. You’ll be cycling in one of the best-known natural parks of Romania, the Apuseni Natural Park, famous for its cultural heritage and impressive karst landscape. Choose your target together with our experienced guides or enjoy your ride unattended. Take your two wheels through scattered hamlets, breathe the clean air of old forests and marvel at the scenery revealed at 1600 m altitude and above.
Welcome to Apuseni Natural Park, the place where pristine nature meets ancient traditions. Discover the overwhelming biodiversity, spectacular geology and the vivid culture of the people called moți living in scattered villages high in the mountains. From the lodge you’ll be able to explore paths that take you to Bihor and Vlădeasa Mountains, home to some of the most spectacular limestone formations in this part of Europe. One must-see is the largest karst complex in Romania, Cetățile Ponorului, considered the Everest of Romanian speleology. On your way to these natural beauties, don’t forget to take a break to discover the tracks of wild animals and fill up your lungs with the bloomy meadow air. Try some fresh local cheese and enjoy the cool water of the many springs you’ll walk by. Let us take you on this unforgettable journey!
Imagine highlands covered in a white, fluffy, sparkling coat, with frozen woods and untouched paths. Embrace this magic of nature and let the snow crunch under your snowshoes or skis. Hiking and cross-country skiing adventures await. After a summit experience, or just a long hike, enjoy a warming welcome at the accommodation. Taste some animating “water of life” next to the fire and try the traditional, homemade pancakes, filled with cheese or blueberry jam. Let us guide you through the peaceful winter landscape of the Western Carpathians!