red lake

Spend some days near the Bicaz Gorge and the Red Lake! 

The Bicaz Gorge is a gorge in Romania, located in the north-east part of the country, in Neamt and Harghita counties. It is the part of a national park called Cheile Bicazului-Hasmas.

shops near bicaz gorge

It serves as a passageway between the Romanian provinces of Moldova and Transylvania.

It is a noted location to see the wallcreeper, an uncommon cliff-dwelling bird.

The road along the 8 kilometres of ravines, often in serpentines with rock on one side and a sheer drop on the other is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. Also within the gorge is the Red Lake, with its traditional cabins, hotels.

 

Don’t pay, just see the nature! It’s free! 

This landscape is protected from the sound of the towns near the cliffs. You had better to leave the world behind you, and listen to the songs of the nature… I mean the birds and the sound of the branch breaking under your foot.

You may feel so small next to the cliffs, because they are more than 300 metres high.

Take a deep breath to survive your grey weekdays during a week full of work and stress.

shops near bicaz gorge

While walking near Bicaz Gorge, wonder about your life, your aims you want to reach. Nature helps you getting calm.

Whereas you have more than a weekend, you can also visit the Red Lake near Bicaz Gorge!

The Red Lake is the biggest barrier lake in Eastern Carpathians chain in Harghita, Romania.

It was formed in 1837, after a landslide blocked the Bicaz Valley. It is about 93 m deep and covers about 12.01 hectares.

It is positioned 983 m above sea level and can be reached by national road 12-C.

The lake formed in the summer of 1837 when a large amount of red rock from a slope of the mountain crashed down after several days of heavy rain. The resulting rubble dammed up several streams in the valley forming the Red Lake.

red lake

 

The sediment of the Verse Stream is often rusty colored and gives the lake its distinctive red color, hence the name, “Red Lake”. Local folklore for the name of the lake establishes a link between the “red” and “killer” signs by referencing a legend which speaks of the downfall of the mountain into the valley beneath, completely burying grazing sheep and their shepherds under the rock face, their blood flowing into the waters of the lake turning it red.

It’s impossible to discover the whole gorge in a day, so we offer some places to stay in. 

Given that the gorge and the lake are also far away from the town, there is a free parking lot underneath the mountains. The Bicaz Gorge and The Red Lake are approachable by car from the close towns. The guest houses are about 15 km from the sights, so you won’t get entangled in any traffic jams travelling from your accommodation to the mountains.