Visiting the Torda-Gorge, Turda, Romania
Torda-Gorge is a fissure in the limestone-Torockói Mountains, not far from the town of Turda, beeing a protected area since 1938. The Hesdat stream flows through the cleft edged by two 250-300 m high cliffs. There are 32 excavated caves in the walls (one of them is told to be inhabited by fairies) and many protected species, both plants and animals can be found in the gorge.
According to the legend, Saint Laszlo, king of Hungary fought with the Kuns near Torda and had to retreat towards the town. The king looked up to the sky and asked for help when the mountain spitted and the Hungarians escaped. Locals say that a notorious bandit called Balica also lived here while escaping the authorities.
The gorge is about 5 miles (8 km) from the town of Torda that can be reached on E81 International Route. There is a path for tourists through the gorge along the shore of the stream bridged by more suspensions. The landscape is wonderful, walking on the path, in the gorge one always has the feeling that the cliffs are going to collapse upon his head, but don’t worry, they won’t. My personal favorite was a seemingly very old wooden watermill at the entrance of the gorge.
The entrance is for free and there is a big enough parking place down the valley and there isn’t much garbage at all compared to many other tourist spots. Taken together it is a very nice place for a short trip and I warmly recommend it for every hiker.
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