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Fagaras Travel Guide, Romania

Fagaras is located in the central northern part of the Fagaras Basin, 126 miles from Satu Mare and 148 miles from Baia Mare, on the right banks of the Olt River. In the following paragraphs there is an Travel guide of the most important facts about Fagaras.

Fagaras, Travel guide – Geography

The city is set in the picturesque Fagaras Basin near the highest Romanian mountain range the Fagaras Mountains dominating the scenery with their highest point, Moldoveanu Peak 2544m. The irregular topography and average altitude of 420m offer these places a unique landscape so attractive for tourists arriving here from all over the world.

The general climate is temperate continental characterized by significant differences in temperature and precipitations between seasons. Characteristic for this area are the late and early frosts, moderate winds with dominating western and north-western ones especially in summer.

Local hydrographic network is represented mostly by the Olt River, the water located under the city’s landmass and a few small streams crossing this area.

Fagaras, Travel guide – Flora and Fauna

Fagaras flora is strongly related to topography and climate, hence the dominating species are the oak trees, willows and poplars in the wetter areas, common alder and small areas of grasslands. Decorative trees, plants and bushes embellish the numerous parks within the city, some streets and public gardens. The most popular such species are the common chestnut trees, locus tree, roses, tulips and others, very important in creating an attractive landscape throughout the city.

Fauna is also diverse but strongly influenced by the intense urban activities, most of the species being found at the periphery. Most common species encountered here are the lizards, deer, wild boars, squirrels, owls, woodpeckers and more.

Fagaras, Travel guide – Transport

Faragaras has always been an important meeting place for merchants, being located at the crossroads of important commercial routes, and as a result it developed a lot throughout the centuries. Nowadays the city is crossed by the most important national road in Romania, DN1, offering good connection with Bucharest and other important cities. Most Fagaras travel guides indicate that there are a multitude of ways tourists can reach Fagaras, the fastest being the airway. The nearest airport is located in Brasov, the Brasov International Airport, which also offers transfer to Fagaras or other nearby cities. One can also get here by car, train or bus with even lower costs and the opportunity of seeing more of the country.

The presence of a good road and railroad infrastructure helps the local economy develop easier and also fastens the connection between the city and other important economical centers in the country and abroad.

Fagaras, Travel guide – Population and Economy

Fagaras occupies the second place among the cities from Brasov County meeting a significant growth in the number of inhabitants in the nineties. After this period one can observe a certain regress mainly due to the decreasing birth rate and increasing migration. The city has a population density of 117 inhabitants per 100 square kilometers and the number of its inhabitants represents about 7, 11% of the county’s total population and 9, 2% of the county’s urban population.

Fagaras, Travel guide – Cuisine

The local cuisine has specific features found all over Transylvania, like the pork meat with its countless specialties, polenta, local vegetables and unique cheese. Polenta, which is one of the Romanian traditional dishes characteristic to almost all regions of the country, is prepared here adding potatoes which gives it a great and unique taste, completed by a nice mushroom or pork meat stew. Stuffed cabbage, is another local and not only, specialty made with different types of leaves according to season, zacusca, which is a dish made of different baked or cooked vegetables and the sponge cake, which does not miss at any holiday, is again another traditional specialty which impresses any visitor with its flavor and texture.

Characteristic for this area is the cheese, usually made of sheep milk and found under different forms, tastes and textures, fresh, salted, smoked and so on. To complete such a rich and nourishing meal a generous glass of local wine will make you enjoy even more this experience.

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