Busteni, Prahova Valley, a mountain town located almost in the center of Romania, considered the Main Gate to the Bucegi Massif of the Carpathian Mountains, remains one of my most favorite vacation destinations.
|Bucegi Massif, Platoul Bucegi, Romania|
Although Romania has a lot of gorgeous tourist destinations and the Romanian Officials launched many campaigns to promote Romania internationally as a tourism destination, unfortunately it is still not such a frequented Eastern European Country for travelers.
|Picturesque fields with mountain flora, atop of Caraiman Peak, Romania|
Well, of course, Bucharest, Romanian Monasteries, Unesco World Heritage Sites and Dracula's Castle are some popular spots, but if you are in Bucharest and want to have an amazing day trip, just rent a car or take the train to Busteni, Prahova Valley / Valea Prahovei.
|Busteni view, atop of Caraiman Peak, Carpathian Mountains, Romania|
I love this picturesque mountain setting boasting spectacular landscapes and tourist attractions. Every time I may choose something new from a lot of holiday activities like mountain trips, hiking, biking, skiing in the winter season, visiting Cantacuzino Palace / Palatul Cantacuzino and Caraiman Monastery / Manastirea Caraiman or listening live classical and rock music during the Music Festivals organized in the main park.
|Caraiman Cabin / Cabana Caraiman, Bucegi Mountains|
Once you get off at Busteni (just 135 km from Bucharest), you may take a cable car / gondola / telecabina (4350m long - the biggest Romanian cable-car line) from Busteni to the Babele, going atop of a Bucegi Mountains/ Muntii Bucegi.
|View from Gondola, Cable-Car, Telecabina Busteni Babele|
|Sphynx / Sphinx / Sfinx, Bucegi Plateau, Romania|
|Old Ladies Rock Faces / Babe rocks / Babele, Bucegi Plateau, Romania|
After you reach the top, you may hike through the Bucegi National Park / Parcul National Bucegi on marked trails through the colorful fields with rare mountain flowers (rare species of wild flora and fauna, including edelweiss/ floare de colt) .
|Colorful fields with rare mountain flowers, Bucegi Mountains|
In July we spent few days in this area and the generous weather permitted us to take spectacular pictures of the Bucegi Mountains/ Muntii Bucegi and Baiului Mountains/ Muntii Baiului panoramas. We've wondered following the marked trails to the highest peaks in Bucegi Mountains, visiting OMU Peak / Varful OMU (2504 m altitude), climbing on unusual rocky formations alongside Costila Region / Regiunea Costila, Caraiman Mountain / Muntele Caraiman, Zamora area and alongside the second cable-car line "Babele-Piatra Arsa" (2543 m long).
Also we explored the peak areas, hiking for about one hour from the Babele Gondola Station to "The Heroes' Cross / Heroes Monument / Crucea Eroilor", a huge steel cross (48m high and 14m wide) to honor the World War I heroes, erected at 2291 m altitude, atop of the Caraiman Peak/ Varful Caraiman, (is said that is unique in Europe, by its size and location).
|The Heroes' Cross / Heroes Monument / Crucea Eroilor, Caraiman Peak, Romania|
|Heroes Monument / Crucea Eroilor, Caraiman Peak, close view|
During the night this monument enforced on a concrete pedestal is lighted and is visible (when the sky is clear) from Busteni, Sinaia, Predeal and other SPA towns along Prahova Valley/ Valea Prahovei.
Hope the images will convince you to visiting it one day.