TransRarau is a beautiful Alpine road in Romania
TransRarau ‘The Treasures’ Road’ is the name of a very scenic drive located in Suceava County, in the southern portion of the historical region of Bukovina in Romania. It’s one of the Romanian high altitude roads.
Set high in the north-eastern part of the country, the road comprises 175A and 175B roads. It’s totally paved. It’s said to be the third most beautiful Alpine road in the country. Some years ago the road was full of holes and extremely narrow, but in 2014 the road was widened and resurfaced so the asphalt is just perfect.
Running through the Rarau massif, the road -combining adrenaline with breathtaking views- tops out at 1.400m (4,593ft) above the sea level. The road is very curvy, so pay attention. Unfortunately there are no parking places along this road. As you get higher, the landscape and views get nicer and nicer, but better pay attention on the road because the cars coming from the other direction are not visible until the last moment. At the summit, a minor gravel road climbs up to Rarau Peak, at an elevation of 1.633m (5,357ft) above the sea level.
The road is 26.4 km (16.40 miles) long running north-south from Pojorata to Chiril. The road presents a high degree of difficulty due to tight curves, so crossing the Transrara requires increased attention and a lot of skill. This tourist road facilitates the access to the Cabin, Rarau Skete, as well as the famous natural monument, ‘Lady’ Rocks’ (Pietrele Doamnei).