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Apuseni Natural Park, Bihor County

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The Apuseni Natural Park is a protected area situated in Romania, in the administrative territory of counties Alba, Bihor and Cluj.LocationThe Natural Park is located in western Romania in the central-northern side of the Apuseni Mountains, comprising a part of the Bihor Mountains at south and Vlădeasa Mountains at north.DescriptionThe Apuseni Natural Park with an area of 75.784 ha was declared natural protected area by the Law Number 5 of March 6, 2000 (published in the Monitorul Oficial of Romania, Number 152 of April 12, 2000) and represents a mountainous area (mountain peaks, cirques, caves, valleys, karst areas, forests and pastures), with flora and fauna specific Western Carpathians.Natural reserves included in the park: Izbucul de la Cotețul Dobreștilor (0,20 ha), Izbucul Mătișești (2 ha), Izbucul Tăuzului (1 ha), Coiba Mare Cave (0,50 ha), Avenul din Hoanca Urzicarului (1 ha), Scărișoara Cave (1 ha) and Ghețarul de la Vârtop (1 ha) in Alba county; Pietrele Galbenei(6,30 ha), Cetatea Rădesei Cave (20 ha), Poiana Florilor (1 ha), Platoul Carstic Padiș (39 ha), Valea Galbenei (70,50 ha), Valea Sighiștelului (412,60 ha), Vârful Biserica Moțului (3 ha), Platoul carstic Lumea Pierdută (39 ha), Cetățile Ponorului (14,90 ha), Ghețarul Focul Viu Cave (0,10 ha), Ciur Izbuc Cave (0,10 ha), Micula’s Cave (0,10 ha), Urşilor Cave (1 ha), Smeii de la Onceasa Cave (0,50 ha) and Cerbului Cave-Avenul cu Vacă (45 ha) in Bihor County; Molhașul Mare de la Izbuc (8 ha) in Cluj county.
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  • We enjoyed traveling with children- 13,16. The walking trails were well marked. Small villages & very friendly people. Very recommended,  more »
  • very nice places, Padis are its the most crowded area with carstic places. Sighistel are is the most crowded are with caves from Romania (more than 200 caves in 7 km) and many other atraction.  more »
  • I just came back from this beautiful area. This year I was the second time. It is a predominantly carstic plateau situated about 1400-1600 m of altitude. Spectacular scenery. No entrace fees. Attracti...  more »
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  • I have visited this natural park a few years ago. It is truly outstanding. If you never visited a natural park, I highly recommend visiting one. We should all protect such areas, for they are truly rare
  • Beautiful landscape, tense and intense, decorated with forests and small rivers. Would definitely love it more without the human factor contribution, those hotels/ pensions/ restaurants/ gift shops could really be better arranged, there is something rotten in this paradise. A favorite destination for Romanians from the neighboring cities and not only. IMHO, better off season.
  • Really cool naturepark with bears, wolves and lynxes. Good paths to the biggest mountain.
  • Amazing natural area filled with forests and wildlife.
  • A nature park in Romania means an area with high natural value, which however is partly inhabited and where the local communities have historically interacted with nature in such a way that they could co-exist in a very special manner. Apuseni Nature Park is one of the regions in Romania that highlights both the wild places that make it a protected area (they are part of Europe's natural heritage that is protected by law) and the particular features resulting from this human-nature interaction/coexistence: traditions connected to nature and a traditional use of the area's resources, crafts, specific local populations, villages and households located in the middle of nowhere, traditional and very particular livelihoods - as much as they are still kept/living... Of course, this heritage is all dependent on the administration of such an area, on the people's life choices in a post-modern world and on so many other factors. I really recommend visiting this charming area, whose nature and human presence will surely impress you. This is a karst-rich area, with thousands of caves and other limestone forms, but it is less likely that you will meet bears or wolves on your path :). Practical aspects to take into consideration: the Park has almost no camping facilities and camping is restricted. The alternative is to go to one of the few existing cabins or find accommodation somewhere at the margins of the protected area and then go hiking inside. There is one main access road (east to west), whose half in Bihor county is covered in asphalt and the other half (Cluj county, as you move in from the east) is very difficult - you basically need a 4x4 car to get to the central part, Padis. Heavy snow and limited access in winter!