Called otherwise TheKing's road,Transalpinais the bridge betweenOltenia and Transylvaniaand also the highest road of Romania that can becrossed with a car, from one end to another. The highest point of it reach 2145 m and it is calledUrdele Pass.

About Transalpina

Transalpinais the highest way ofCarpathian Mountains in Romania so and beyond. The road has about 148 km and it crosses Parang Mountains from north to south andmake a parallelwith the Olt Valley and the Jiu Valley

The beginnings of Transalpinaare unclear.Some sources claim that it was first built by the Roman legions during the Dacian wars.

Also, there is a local legend that says that in the late XVIIIand early XIXcentury, each family participated in the construction of a portion of the road, depending on their physical and financial possibilities.According to other sources, the road was made andpaved by the Germans during World War I, for military reasons, but was hardlyused.The fact is that this route known as "Devil's Path" was originally a mountain path used by shepherds from the Sibiu border in order to cross the mountains with their flocks in the Romanian Country.Later, taking into accountthe lessons of World War I, King Charles II wanted to have an available and strategic road forthe mountain artillery, which can be traversed by troops that moved between Wallachia and Transylvania.

The trail

Today,Transalpina (DN67C)can be covered in 3-4 hours on the trail: Sebes, Sugag,Obarsia Lotrului, Ranca, Novaci. The starting point of the road is Jina, thenit falls to Sugag andafterwards it climbs up to the left until Obarsia Lotrului. Next, the road reach Meadowsof persecution -the place where many years agolocals who wanted to leave the land were punished. The most spectacular portion of the road is beforeRanca.

Ameandering trail runs in front of the eyes and suddenly the mountain disappears. Forward isDoll Peakwhat truly offers outstanding landscapes. Finally, the road ends as spectacular as it beganwith Ranca resort through Novaci.

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