TransSemenic, an awe-inspiring drive in Romania

TransSemenic (DJ582) is the name of a mountain road located in Caraș-Severin county, within the historical region of Banat, in Romania. It’s one of the famous Romanian high altitude roads.


Set high in the Semenic Mountains of the Southern Carpathians, within the Semenic - Cheile Carasului National Park, the road was totally paved in 2014. It’s 58.4 km (36.28 miles) long, running east-west from Slatina-Timiș (on DN6 road) to Resita (on DN58 road).

The road, also known as Banat’s Transalpina or TransAlpina Banateana, features steep sections, with many hairpin turns. Expect holes in the road, landslides, and trees fallen on the road.

Tucked away in western Romania, plan about 1.5 hours to complete the drive. The road tops out at 1.004 m (3,293ft) above the sea level. It’s usually open all year round (in the winter it is only closed during massive snow falls). The road runs through the resorts of Gărâna, Trei Ape, Brebu Nou and Văliug. The drive is very scenic running through a wonderful scenery.