In the Banat area, we find, besides the well-known Timis county, the Caras-Severin county, which has as its residence in Resita, an industrial city. It is located in the southwestern part of Romania and covers a big is of Romania. Caras-Severin County has an extremely high tourism potential and hides a lot of unique stories and landscapes, which have not yet been discovered by many tourists eager for adventure.
The tunnel of love
Romania has a lot of amazing and romantic landscapes, which are just waiting to be discovered by couples in love. Such a place is also the “Love Tunnel,” a masterpiece of nature consisting of greenery grown around a semi-abandoned railway. The tunnel is on the railway between Caransebes and the town of Boutari in Caras-Severin county, has a length of 1.5 km, and its name is drawn from the famous “Love Tunnel” in Ukraine.
When you look at the photos with the “Love Tunnel” taken in the summer or early autumn months, you find it hard to believe that this corner of heaven was formed by chance and that its beauty was discovered and appreciated only three years ago. The tunnel consisted of greenery grown on both sides of the railway, taking in the shape of the train that passes from time to time.
In short, this was possible because the railway between Caransebes – Bautar – Subcetate was inaugurated in 1908 and is not electrified. As there were periods, over time, in which this freight was transported only on this route, not much attention was paid to the appearance of the railway, and the greenery was allowed to grow voluntarily. This can only delight us because now we have a beautiful new place in Romania, where we can go if we want to take spectacular photos, enjoy nature or make a surprise to the loved one.
How beautiful is the “Love Tunnel,” so mysterious and hard to find? The easiest way to reach this location is by car on DN68, and between the local town of Glimboca and Obreja from Caras-Severin county you will need to enter a country road with GPS coordinates 45.484083, 22.277719. The railway is parallel to this national road, and it will be easy to identify the tunnel after it has entered the secondary path.
If you want to get to Caras-Severin to visit this corner of heaven, there are plenty of options in terms of accommodation. You can stay clear in Caransebeș to be as close to the tunnel as possible.
The tunnel of love has been declared one of the most beautiful sights in Europe and is on the list of the most important places to visit.
In the village of Prigor there is a waterfall protected by nature. The Prigor Waterfall also bears the name of Nitu Waterfall and is found in Caras-Severin County in the Almaj Mountains.
You may think that the road is a complicated one and quite tricky, considering that it is at the foot of the mountains. Well, the way is a smooth one. If, following the path from Bozovici, turn right once you reach the center of Prigor village, then left on the second street and continue ahead until you exit the town. If you follow the watercourse, you will walk for about an hour and reach the Prigor waterfall.
As soon as you leave the village, the rural road comes into its own, and you can enjoy a natural rustic image specific to the area. The sound of the water mixed with the trillions of birds and the hum of geese is there to make your way pleasant. An impressive number of butterflies of various sizes and colors will encourage you to walk.
After about an hour of walking, a hut with beams will appear on the road, turn left in front of it, you will have to jump a few fences and then you will reach the water again and continue on the path.
From this place, the route to the waterfall is short but spectacular. The landscape changes, we enter under a shady, perfect vault, formed by trees. The crystalline water rolls over stones. The bed of copper leaves placed on both sides of the water, the fern, the moss-grown on boulders, the old trees enhance the beauty and wildness of the place.
A little further along the horizon line, we see the waterfall that rushes towards the big stones and over the green moss, creating a unique, beautiful view.
Lake Ochiul Beiului
The Lake Ochiul Beiului was named like that because the people in the area believed it to resemble an eye of a supernatural being. The lake has a diameter of 20 meters and has a depth of 3.6 meters.
If you listen to the stories of the locals, find out that the lake has its legends. It is said that a few hundred years ago, the son of a well-known Bei in the Levant fell in love irrevocably with the daughter of a pastor who used to walk his flock of sheep through these places.
He kidnapped her and locked her in the Big Tower of the “Cheile Nerei,” but the girl managed to escape during the night by descending on a braided rope from the strips of her dress. The Bei then ordered the girl to be killed.
The Bei son was so sad, and he cried so much that from his tears, this lake formed, and the color of an unreal turquoise is due to the hue of his eyes. Later, the young man ended his days, and the lake with the eye shape was called the Eye of the Bei. Also, the locals tell that the girl would have turned into a river – Beusnita River.