The Carpathian Mountains
Without having the fame of the Alps or the spectacular altitude of the Himalayas, the Carpathian Mountains mesmerize with their sometimes terrifying wilderness, their ridges covered with tall fir-trees which seem to defy gravity or the beauty of their meadows where gorgeous green blends with lively yellow and blue. It is the place imagined by Tolkien, wild and sometimes unwelcoming, with a mysterious air that inspires dreams. In the Carpathian Mountains, you’ll find naturally-sculpted statues with strange shapes reminding you of the Sphinx or pagan temples, old cave paintings and thousands of caves in which were discovered fossils of big carnivorous animals that disappeared during the last ice age.
The balance between man and nature, which is sometimes so fragile, is still maintained in large protected areas with astonishing landscape and wide varieties of species of plants. Most of Europe’s lynxes, wolves and bears live here, in an area which is today one of the last wild areas on the continent. Approximately 66% of Romania’s territory is dominated by the Carpathian mountains and maybe this is the reason why the country was also named the Carpathian garden, a place where nature does not obey the strict patterns designed by man.