Mountain chanting and hiking at the foot of Vigorai with Badi Qaran

Between August 4 and 8, there will be hiking in the Transfăgărășan region, competitions, bonfires, sit-downs, and combining customs from different historical periods, preserved in this region of Romania.

Sibiu region is preferred by tourists who love nature and culture. Those who prefer traditional folk art should visit the largest and most important open-air museum in Eastern Europe, the Astra Museum, which covers an area of ​​96 hectares, in the middle of a forest, on the banks of two lakes. On display here are hundreds of examples of authentic, traditional houses, centuries-old families and art installations, brought from the whole of Romania, to form a wonderful heritage village. The Astra Museum has a complex program for all categories of the public. But the small towns at the foot of the Făgărași Mountains, such as Cârțișoara or Albota, are equally attractive.

Rodica Pavel, a former BTT guide, has revived the traditions of the Făgărași foothills, bringing together different periods of history, so as to provide today’s tourists the opportunity to live experiences specific to this region, from several eras. Folk customs are combined with those of mountain climbers in the 1980s, when tourism meant picnicking, guitar singing and campfires for travel enthusiasts. The series of events begins with “Făgărașului Lira” (August 4-6), for lovers of mountain songs, and continues “In Badi Qaran Village” (August 7-8), which will be held in Qreshwara, at the “Badea Cârțan” Museum and Transfăgărășan Tourist Station, in Glăjerie Holiday Village. There will be a hiking in the Transfăgărășan region, a fishing competition and an invitation to sit and an exhibition of traditional products where famous artisans from the Sibiu region come. Last year, the most attractive activity within the events was the fishing competition on Lake Alpota. Those who love nature can also take part in the greening and marking of mountain passes, between Bâlea Lac and Bâlea Cascada.

Mountain trails, competitions and volunteering

Mountaineers are challenged on a tourist route in the Făgăraş mountains, between the Arpel – Bâlea – Transfăgărășan valley. “Our events attracted a lot of folk music lovers, in the previous sessions we organized in July. This year we postponed all the procedures for one month, to avoid the heat wave period, so that the tourists do not suffer from thermal discomfort, because it was also very hot in the mountains, and walking is better In low temperatures, including physical exertion and the need to breathe as much as possible. This year we will also organize creativity and interpretation competitions with mountaineers for all fans of folk music. Last year there were many participants in “Lira Făgărașului”, who wanted to be present In all other events.I did a mountain walk, I made signs and trails on the northern ridges of the Făgăraș mountains, in the Arpășel-Albota region, I did tourist orientation during the day and at night, first aid contest in case of accidents on the mountain, poster contests, drawings, photography and cartoons, And all of them have a mountainous character, but also poetry competitions, with the same theme, which we propose to the participants this year as well, ”explains Rodica Pavel.

Romanian folklore

The idea to combine several types of tourism in Rodică came after many years of being a tour guide in this region that is full of history and culture, but also for lovers of mountain travel. In 1985, Rodica Pavel began his activity as a guide in the BTT, and in those days the mountain was covered at a slow pace, the guitar was not missing from the program, the campfire was usually at the end of each day. “The idea to combine all these elements came to me as a result of the experience I had with the passage of time. Each time, in recent years, it seemed to me that something was missing from the Cârțișoara visitor program. I went with the tourists to the Badi Qaran Museum, we went to the Baaliyah, to the Alputa, but it was as if the trip would not be complete without the pleasure of listening and singing those famous mountain songs, just as no trip could be complete. Without taking at least one trip. When we launched “Lira Făgărașului” in 2020, there were still limitations And we could not have an event with many participants, but people liked our series of events, especially because they understood what happened in this field in the last two centuries, and really participate in some of the activities.It is like an interactive show where the tourist is relaxing, but learning the historical information from a wonderful time Karan, then understands how these places have transformed from one era to another, entering the atmosphere of the seventies and eighties, participating in mountain trekking and enjoying the holiday.Atmosphere, including interaction with Siberian artisans and traditional culinary products, outdoors on the green grass. Transfăgărășan in a different way,” explains the event organizer.

The “Badea Cârțan” Museum, located “right on the street”, in Transfăgărășan attracts hundreds of people during these events, especially to sample traditional culinary products from the Sibiu region. At last year’s edition of the “Taste of Sibiu” event, organized in the same period, the most tasting cauldron of Sarmelles and cheesecakes made by village bakers. Folk artisans are always enthusiastic about buying original products.

In Badea Cârțan you can see how the Roman peasants lived in the heart of Transylvania two centuries ago, because there are still his clothes and clothes, even the traditional costumes of the bride and groom and many other household items.

Transfăgărășanul is an “arc” over the Carpathian Mountains that passes through a tunnel, at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters, and then descends on the other side, tracing the curves of the level of the high terraces between the two peaks. This resulted in an architectural “lace” considered a true engineering masterpiece, which caught the attention of the Top Gear team, ascending to the top of the most beautiful constructions of this type in the world. You can stop at Bâlea Cascada, where you can climb to Bâlea Lac, from 1,234 meters to 2,034 metres, or you can go in Transfăgărășan to Bâlea Lac Cabin, in summer, when the road is open. At the top, you can admire one of nature’s highlights: Lake Bâlea, a glacial lake covering an area of ​​more than 4 hectares.

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