One of the best roads, still needs resurface ... than it will be No1 ;)
I rode this (3 times) on 13th October 2016. Great fun. Similar to the Sani pass but tarmac´d. There was plenty of snow at the top, and slushy snow on the road, but it was fine.
A must ride for every rider. Instantly moved its way to my top 3 places to ride.
There are already many comments for this road, thus I´ll keep it short and simple:
It is a road which every biker should ride at least once in his life. It is a pure must!
Overrated thanks to Top Gear. I prefer the Alps.
It is an excellent road BUT the surface is poor in places, and there are no other nearby interesting roads like the Alps.
Despite what some locals told me it really is only open for a few months of the year. If you go in winter a very icy road ends with a barrier near the first tourist market (which even had one shop open!).
When it is open, you start from the north on a long straight road which turns into a twisty climb through forest on a bumpy road. You twist along a beautiful valley and then reach the zig zag that leads to the summit tunnel. This part is in better condition and quite fun. There is a lot of traffic! On the south side there was less traffic for some reason but lots of pedestrians and parked cars near the waterfall. A blast to ride down or up.
The twisties don´t disappear but the scenery does. It appears you are next to a lake on the map but you can´t see it. Eventually you reach a dam where you can walk to a viewpoint, then road winds down some more. There were 3 police here half way past the dam in the south.
It is just as fun in both directions and the highlight is 15 minutes of zig-zag by the summit. Yahoo!
A great road which is tainted slightly by bad roads and excess traffic.
A fantastic road overall that was worth the long trip from New Zealand!
These routes are the most spectacular in Romania, arguably in the world. It is not only my opinion,(I've been in France,Greece,Italy,etc), but you can trust Jeremy from Top Gear(he has seen places:)). Just type on youtube "Top Gear Transfagarasan".
The reason I selected average or normal in the ratings is that you have parts that are either straight section or "Practically no straights to speak of". It is a combined road that just gives you everything.
From Sebes city you go towards Sibiu (European Capital Cultural City in 2007 - medieval place).
From Sibiu you go on road 7C (not E 81 or 7)to Pitesti City as pointed out on the map- that's FAGARASEAN ROAD -spectacular.
From Pitesti to Horezu is average road good - road 67.
Then go on Road 67C another impressive road - TRANSALPINA ROAD. check on youtube.
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Have a dry road !!
from Curtea de Arges til Cortisoara, a unique road including scenery, altitude, remotness and difficulty. this road is really unique from all the above features. cannot decide if its the best road ever but definately in the first 3 ones. cannot transfer the whole scenery and view, you have to do it to understand what i am saying. road passes an altitude of 2150 meters, june and still snow patches on the top. arriving on the top, a deserted tunnel in a bad condition which was blocked by snow was the way to other side of the peak. its not an easy road and thats what makes it among the best ever mountainous route accompanied by the magnificent scenery. generally in Romania is by far better to ride an on&off bike than anything else. my FJR suffered the outmost due to the terrible road conditions but..this is the one i have.
I think the No1 mountainous road in Europe. The remotness, scenery and altitude is giving some fantastic feelings and scenery view. This route is a MUST for every biker
I have ride this road 2 times (2009 - 2010). For me it is one of the most stunning road to ride in Balkan with nice corners, high altitude driving (more that 2100 m above sea level, so take same warm clothes with you) beautiful landscape with mixture of true Romanian culture (sheep's and donkeys along the route). I always had a great time do ride this road, however there is about 10 km part with bad quality of asphalt and holes in it. If you will drive this road be sure to have a full tank because the petrel stations are about 120 km apart and there is no chance to buy petrol on the road - in the mountains. It is better to drive it form South to North and the last thing.... you can never be sure about the weather.
This was the start of a nightmare day, but I can't blame the road for all of that! As has been pointed out, the first 20kms from the south have the worst surface I've ever ridden. Unless you are on a big KTM or a GS you're not going to enjoy it. As we came out of the tunnel at the top, the spectacular view was completely obscured by fog. The surface on the spectacular northern end has been scored, presumably to improve grip in icy conditions, this gives an odd feeling and dose not inspire you to 'get yer knee down'. The road was a bit of a disappointment having ridden from England, although I can't really blame the road for the weather. I can't agree with Clackson that this is the 'best road in the world' he obviously never took a Ferrari along the complete route, he'd still be there now picking up the bits
I rode this three times, starting from the south section and was unimpressed for the first 20kms heading north, there are so many holes in the road that cars move all over the road to avoid them. After about 20kms the road improves dramatically with some very well surfaced sections mixed in with moderately well surfaced ones. This is however, a really excellent road. I have made some films of it and will post them when they are edited properly. As already stated, the best way to do this route is north to south, although it's also good fun the other way. I would actually recommend avoiding the last 20kms south completely (particularly if you bike doesn't have long travel suspension) as it is actually in very bad condition and no fun at all. The views on the north section are simply breathtaking and this road's fame is well deserved, although it is not the best road I ever rode it's certainly in the top 10. 100kms of mountain bends and beautiful scenery, need I say more :)
No. 1 Romanian biking road in terms of both scenery and turns. Dramatic high alpine view, with acceptable tarmac quality. Preferable to ride north to south to take full advantage of the largest number of twisties on the way up, but you can do it the other way as well. Check for availability, as it is usually opened for traffic from June/July 1 to October 31. Avoid weekends during summer, as it gets really crowded with tourists.
The Transfăgărăşan (trans (over, across) + Făgăraş) or DN7C is the highest (~2200m) and most dramatic paved road in Romania. Built as a strategic military route by Nicolae Ceauşescu, the 110 km of twists and turns run North to South across the tallest sections of the Carpathian Mountains, between the highest peak in the country, Moldoveanu, and the second highest, Negoiu. The road connects the historic regions of Transylvania and Wallachia, and the cities of Sibiu and Piteşti.