History of Carpathia

The mountains and the forests of Carpathia

These mountains have been our primordial parents, the cradle of Romanian civilization from the beginning of times. They guide our people through the harshness of the history. They provided our ancestor shelter, food and various resources.

The name of Carpathians is coming from an ancient term from Dacia, called „karpate”, which means „rocky cliffs”.

The ancient inhabitants of Dacia, the ancestors of the Romanian people, have been the legit owners of these lands for thousands of years. In the secular forests of the Carpathians, the ancient Dacians were hunting deer and giant bison. On the high plateaus of the Carpathian Mountains, these people practiced religious rituals. In the clear and fast waters of the mountain rivers a lot of fresh fish was ready to be fished.

The subsoil of the Carpathians is full of rich deposits of salt, iron and gold.

This country has given gold from Romans time, when the reconstruction of the Ancient Rome, in the actual form, was sustained by the gold from Dacia, conquered by the Romans … and still gives.

A rich country with fertile lands, sunbathed in the rays of sun: The West Plain of Transylvania is still one of the most fertile agricultural lands in Europe even today!

The Dacian liked wine, especially the black and thick ones, which they were producing plentiful on the viticultural sub-Carpathian hills. Because of their custom to drink wine, we have also the first prohibition in history:  the king of all Dacian people, the Great Burebista, has forbidden the wine and commanded that all the vineyards to be burnt.

Great leader, he didn’t want that his countrymen to be too soft and to forget the crafting of arms.

That’s true, the Dacian people were a brave people. They faced a lot of powerful people: Celts, Burs, Romans.

And over the followers of the Dacians, many difficulties have gone through history: barbarian attacks, devastation, greedy empires that wanted to break the spirit of this people: Mongols, Huns, Avars, Cuman, Pechenegs, Ottoman Turks, Soviet.

But the Romanians remained upright, powerful and stoutly, like the ancient Dacians and like the stone slabs from the Carpathian heights that guard these lands.

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Carpathia in present times

Carpathia in our days

The Carpathian forests house most of the free brown bear, wolf, wild boar in the European Union. The secular forests of the Carpathia are lighted by a fairy tale aura, where the night fairies dance near the bottomless lakes.

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Romania is a quiet country inhabited by welcoming people. We enjoy the lowest crime rates, drug trafficking and terrorist attacks in Europe. This makes it one of the safest tourist destinations.

The travelers will be amazed by the diversity of tourist attractions: from the sunny seaside of the Black Sea, along the Danube, we find one of the best preserved Delta in the world: the Danube Delta. Romania has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Also in Romania we can find the only Gold Museum in Europe.

The Carpathian Mountains offer a variety of outdoor activities throughout the year: hiking, mountain biking, climbing, via-ferrata, paragliding, bungee-jumping, kayaking, ski, snowboarding, etc.

An oasis of relaxation and sport in the middle of nature.

The medieval monastery chain in Moldavia is known as the place with the best preserved Orthodox monasteries in the world. At the Voronet monastery, known as the “Sistine Chapel of the East”, we find a unique shade of blue. This shade of blue could not be replicated ever since, anywhere in the world!

The thermal baths are known for their therapeutic properties since the time of the Roman Empire. Since then, emperors, kings, heads of state, high clergy, and simple people have been treated here.

Diversity, good food, professional services at decent costs: compared to the rest of the tourist destinations in the European Union, Romania excels at the best prices!