The mountainous region in northern Oltenia boasts one of Romania’s two alpine roads, renowned as one of Europe’s most breathtaking routes.
This road, situated at the highest altitude in the country, links the historic regions of Transylvania and Oltenia and spans four counties, namely Gorj, Valcea, Sibiu, and Alba. This old mountain road, which traverses the Carpathian Mountains, was purportedly a Roman corridor and was later restored on the orders of King Carol the 2nd during the Second World War. Over the past four years, ski enthusiasts have flocked to the ski slopes of Obârşia Lotrului and Rânca, situated at either end of the road in Valcea County to the east and Gorj to the west.
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