Exploring Buzău
Main blog post:Next Stop, Romania: A Road trip through Wines, Vamps and Castles

My adventure in Romania began from Sărata-Monteoru, a small village enclosed by a forest in the Buzau county. The village has only a couple of small kiosks, no atm machines and is mostly known as a spa resort for its “healing” waters and salty springs. I was in Monteoru due to a project I was attending ,not really a tourist destination unless ,of course, you are interested in the salty springs. However, I throughout enjoyed the calm and refreshing atmosphere of this small village and its beautiful surrounding nature.

Following Monteoru, we next visited a more populated area , the centre of Buzau. While the centre its self is not that interesting, if you happen to be there , or near, there are a number of activities in the Buzau county that might spark your interest.

Things to See and Do in Buzău

Wine Tasting

If you are a wine lover you’d probably want to check out one of the vineyards in Buzau.The wine industry is rising in Romania ,especially after entering the EU. The climate and soil are thought to be perfect for high quality wine and with prices considerably lower than elsewhere in Europe, romanian vineyards are gaining popularity. The vineyards offer tours, wine tasting and a selection of local award winning wines at very affordable prices. Some of the vineyards even offer accommodation. More information here

Mud Volcanoes

With a moon-like landscape , the next attraction worth mentioning are the Berca Mud Volcanoes. The small Volcano-shaped structures , ranging from a few centimeters to meters high, are formed due to underground eruptions of gases generated by oilfields hundreds of meters deep. Observing the volcanoes you can clearly see the eruption of mud and the emission of natural gases from the bursting bubbles. This geological and botanical reservation is located in Scorțoasa commune, and the entrance fee is only about 1 euro. Bare in mind that , since the whole field is basically dry mud , access is only permitted on dry days.

Rafting ,Buzau River

Next up , an awesome adrenaline adventure worth mentioning is Rafting on the Buzau River!Unfortunately I was short on time and didn’t get to try it myself(for now) so I would highly suggest you double check this information online or with the organizers listed below.No prior knowledge is required and the rafting area consists of different routes , some of which are more quiet but adventurous enough for easy to medium difficulty level. The trip can take up to 4 hours and the price is about 40-45 euro. Within the price, assistance and training is included and full equipment must be handed to you as well (neoprene suit and shoes, helmet, life jacket). Rafting is not offered throughout the whole year so make sure you contact them in advance. More information at: RomaniaAdventure ,TeamAdventure ,GreenAdventure

Notes:

  • It’s hard to find an atm machine(if any) in Sarata Monteoru , so I would suggest having some cash in hand mainly to use for transportation.
  • When in Monteoru I stayed at Pension Casa Cu Tei , friendly staff , conference room , good wifi and vegan/vegetarian dishes can be made for you ,just let them know in advance.

More Romanian Blogs:

Exploring Buzău
Main blog post:Next Stop, Romania: A Road trip through Wines, Vamps and Castles

My adventure in Romania began from Sărata-Monteoru, a small village enclosed by a forest in the Buzau county. The village has only a couple of small kiosks, no atm machines and is mostly known as a spa resort for its “healing” waters and salty springs. I was in Monteoru due to a project I was attending ,not really a tourist destination unless ,of course, you are interested in the salty springs. However, I throughout enjoyed the calm and refreshing atmosphere of this small village and its beautiful surrounding nature.

Following Monteoru, we next visited a more populated area , the centre of Buzau. While the centre its self is not that interesting, if you happen to be there , or near, there are a number of activities in the Buzau county that might spark your interest.

Things to See and Do in Buzău

Wine Tasting

If you are a wine lover you’d probably want to check out one of the vineyards in Buzau.The wine industry is rising in Romania, especially after entering the EU. The climate and soil are thought to be perfect for high quality wine and with prices considerably lower than elsewhere in Europe, romanian vineyards are gaining popularity. The vineyards offer tours, wine tasting and a selection of local award winning wines at very affordable prices. Some of the vineyards even offer accommodation. More information here

Mud Volcanoes

With a moon-like landscape , the next attraction worth mentioning are the Berca Mud Volcanoes. The small Volcano-shaped structures , ranging from a few centimeters to meters high, are formed due to underground eruptions of gases generated by oilfields hundreds of meters deep. Observing the volcanoes you can clearly see the eruption of mud and the emission of natural gases from the bursting bubbles. This geological and botanical reservation is located in Scorțoasa commune, and the entrance fee is only about 1 euro. Bare in mind that , since the whole field is basically dry mud , access is only permitted on dry days.

Rafting ,Buzau River

Next up , an awesome adrenaline adventure worth mentioning is Rafting on the Buzau River!Unfortunately I was short on time and didn’t get to try it myself(for now) so I would highly suggest you double check this information online or with the organizers listed below.No prior knowledge is required and the rafting area consists of different routes , some of which are more quiet but adventurous enough for easy to medium difficulty level. The trip can take up to 4 hours and the price is about 40-45 euro. Within the price, assistance and training is included and full equipment must be handed to you as well (neoprene suit and shoes, helmet, life jacket). Rafting is not offered throughout the whole year so make sure you contact them in advance. More information at: RomaniaAdventure ,TeamAdventure ,GreenAdventure

Notes:

  • It’s hard to find an atm machine(if any) in Sarata Monteoru , so I would suggest having some cash in hand mainly to use for transportation.
  • When in Monteoru I stayed at Pension Casa Cu Tei , friendly staff , conference room , good wifi and vegan/vegetarian dishes can be made for you ,just let them know in advance.

More Romanian Blogs:

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