Adventures at Cheile Nerei-Beusnita

A little wooden bridge at Beusnita National park/ private photo

A little wooden bridge at Beusnita National park/ private photo

The country of Romania is full of mythical and legendary locations which tell the stories and legends of long forgotten people. Cheile Nerei-Beusnita is a charming place where the enchanting nature immediately captures you and makes you want to stay forever.

The Devil’s Lake, the Eye of Bei and Cascade of Beusnita are only a few of the places which if visited will reveal secrets and history from past centuries. It is known that Romania is quite a superstitious country thus every little village and town has their own legends and superstitions. Visit Cheile Nerei-Beusnita and discover the legends of the Devil’s Lake and others.

Devil’s Lake area

The Devil’s Lake is the only cavernous lake in the country which was formed due to a cave collapse. The water of the lake is about 12 m deep and it is so clear that you can see the fish, the edgy stones and the long forgotten tree branches under it. Do not loiter near the enchanting lake for long for there are many other things to see along the way. Go onwards and reach the intersection where wooden panels show you the way towards the right direction. You must follow the path towards Cantonul Damian and walk along the rocky shores of Nera. If you are brave enough you can explore and discover the caves along the way.

Beautiful lake at Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, private photo

Beautiful lake at Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, private photo

Explore the jungle

As you pass through Nera you will get to a suspended bridge just like the ones in the movies where people go to explore the jungle. Be careful though, for some of the boards might be missing. As you discover the territory you might meet a few spiders and snakes along the way. As long as you act calm, they might not hurt you. In some places you will need to hang on to the ropes attached the rocks and cliffs if you want to cross safely. On the journey don’t forget to wave to the other lost adventurers.

Crossing the river

Nera river/ private photo

Nera river/ private photo

At a certain point you will need to cross the cold water. We suggest you choose a place where the water is less deep so you won’t be grabbed by the strong current. On the other side the thick woods are waiting for you and the path will take you to Damian’s Canton. Find the flowery field with abandoned buildings. The way ahead leads you through wodds, tunnels and cliffs to the Sasca Romana where you will find the exit from Cheile Nerei. The river itself flows on until it meets the Danube River.

New paths

At Bei Bridge another path awaits you which will lead to the amazing and magnificent springs and cascades of Beusnita. Follow the forest path along the water and reach the Eye of Bei, a broad spring that comes from the ground and flows into a large cliffy 20 m wide basin. The water is 3 m deep and its color is similar to the one of the Devil’s Lake. Legend says that the spring is borne of the tears of a Turkish boy who fell in love with a beautiful Romanian girl but their relationship was forbidden.

A little wooden bridge at Beusnita National park/ private photo

A little wooden bridge at Beusnita National park/ private photo

Cascade of Beusnita

From the Eye of Bei to the Cascade of Beusnita there is a 40 minute climb. The cascades fall towards the abyss across cliffs and rocks which are overgrown by lichens and other greens. The sound of the cascade is quite loud as the water falls into the narrow subterranean canals. It is not the height of the cascade that will impress you but the incredibly swirls formed in the water as they fall into and under the unknown stony corridors.

Cascade of Beusnita/private photo

Cascade of Beusnita/private photo

If you are looking for an adventure you only need to visit Cheile Nerei-Beusnita. Do not hesitate, pack up, take heart and set out on the journey.

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