Also called “The Resort of the 1000 Springs”, Covasna is famous for its mofettes (fumaroles) and mineral waters brought to the surface by volcanic gases. Some studies stated that the air in the Valley of the Fairies is one of the cleanest in Europe. We invite you to discover Covasna by bike or … on the steam train!
Area: Covasna Area
Difficulty level: Medium
Dates of departure: On demand
Number of team members: 4-16
Trip duration (days): 2
Required gear: good condition mountain bike (we can rent one for you), helmet, raincoat, multitool, bicycle repair kit, patches, mini-pump, sun glasses, padded cycling shorts (more comfortable), synthetic cycling t-shirt (please avoid cotton clothing)
Accomodation: 3* pension
Day 1 - 40 km
We start the day in Zăbala and cycle on a country road to the village of Ghelința, where we will visit the Roman Catholic Church of St. Emerich, a UNESCO Heritage monument, one of the most important churches in Transylvania, dating back to the 13th century.
After a brief History lesson, we will leave the church’s cool air and cycle back to the field through Imeni, take a break in the village of Peteni, where we can quench our thirst with ice cold mineral water and where we can take a bath in the babbling water in the cooling shade of poplar trees.
We will continue our tour through the villages of Surcea, Tamașfălău and, if the tour takes place in the beginning of summer, we will be able to taste some delicious wild strawberries gathered from a secret place. On our way back to Zăbala, if we have time, we can take a tour through the Mikes Castle and the surrounding area.
We can spend the rest of the day socializing with the locals or taking a walk through the picturesque village. In the evening we will have a delicious dinner at the pension. Overnight in Zăbala.
Day 2 - 57 km
After breakfast, we will head to Covasna, visit the city center where we will drink some cold mineral water, visit the Devil’s Pit, which the more superstitious locals think is a “gateway to hell”.
After this, we cycle through the city streets just near the forest, where we will leave our bikes and go on board of the narrow-gauge track train, which will take us to the inclined plane, a unique industrial monument.
Back to our bikes, we will venture into the wilderness on an uphill forest road where we can see the old train tracks that lead to the village of Comandau. Arriving there at an altitude of over 1000 meters, we will take a well-deserved break, then we will descend to the village of Papauti on a beautiful forest road where there is a big chance of meeting some bears.
The last 17 kilometers of the ride are pretty flat and we will spend the rest of the day having a barbeque in the courtyard.
Overnight in Zăbala.
67€ / person. The price includes 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners, the narrow gauge train ticket.
The price doesn’t include transport to / from Zăbala and tips for the guide. Also, other expenses are not included.