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Hiking

Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2012 11:59 AM

       Orastie gives tourists the possibility of unforgettable hiking nearby, in the only outdoor military museum in Romania, located at the entrance of the city, the former arms factory of Orastie, or even further, at the archaeological sites of Dacian fortresses.
        Sarmizegetusa Ulpia Traiana, capital of Roman Dacia, is one of the most important archaeological sites, through the vast urban complex from Hateg Basin. 40 km from the settlement, at an altitude of 1200 m, is found Sarmizegetusa Regia, the pre-Roman capital. Besides the capital, centered around Gradistea valley of the Orastie Mountains, there is a complex of Dacian fortresses, archaeological sites of undeniable value: Costesti-Blidariu (19 km from Drastic), Costesti-Cetatuie (22 km), Capalna, Luncani - Piatra Rosie, Banita. The importance of these artifacts is beyond local nostalgia, all six fortresses that formed the defense system of King Decebal being part nowadays of the UNESCO World Heritage.
        Geoagiu Bai spa resort is 6 km away from Geoagiu and 18 km away from Orastie, at an altitude of 350 m, in the hilly area of the Apuseni Mountains. Known during the Dacian-Roman period  as the ”Germisara Thermae” (baths of Germisara Roman camp), the structure remains unchanged since antiquity. In 1935 Roman statues were found representing the Aesculapius and the Aegean, a temple dedicated to the Nymphs, golden coins and votive plaques. Ioan II, the Prince of Transylvania and king of Hungary, rebuilds the baths in the middle of the 16th century, visiting them frequently. Water springs are limestone, thermal and ferruginous, with a temperature of 33 °C, as part of oligometalic mesothermal waters. Also at Geoagiu Bai there’s a portion of a Roman road (to the Poienari hamlet) and the Rotonda built late 11th century. In 2010 the resort has received in Brussels, the title "Romania Tourist Destination of Excellence".
        A "medieval" experience is crossing the river Mures between Pricaz and Foltea with brudina (brod), a mobile floating bridge with a cable connecting the two sides, a technique used in the Middle Ages, fully functional now, used also for carrying small cars.