position 10 to 6
From the beginning I want to point out that this ranking is subjective because it is made based on our experiences. Given that we still have many roads to travel through Romania, there are probably a few roads that have escaped us and that would be worthy of being included in this top.
I said that there is no point in including Transfagarasan and Transalpina because everyone knows them and probably has already traveled. Instead, I chose some roads from all over the country, some more known, others less known and circulated and we divided them mainly according to 3 important criteria: the quality of the asphalt, the driving pleasure and the beauty of the landscape. I will update the top as I discover new roads or other roads will be paved (Trans Apuseni or Bistrița Valley, both have beautiful landscapes but unfortunately they are in a bad state).
This is the proposed top:
Locul 10: Trans Semenic
Trans Semenic connects the city of Reșița (DN58) with the village of Slatina-Timiș (DN6), crossing the Semenic Mountains. The road has a length of about 60 km, and reaches a maximum altitude of 1000m, somewhere near the village of Gărâna. Between Valiug and Slatina-Timiș, the road was paved in 2014, so it is in excellent conditions.
In general, the road is a chain of wide curves, mostly through forests or on the empty peaks of the northern hills of the Semenic Mountains. The only segment with more curves and steep slopes is the one between Valiug and Gărâna.
Locul9: Belis – Dealu Botii
On the 9th place was a little known road located in the North of the Apuseni Mountains. It is a segment of almost 15 km between the Beliș resort on the lake with the same name and the road that connects Răchițele Village with the Padiș plateau (the future Trans Apuseni). The road is very spectacular: a narrow road of 4-5m with many curves of all kinds and a magnificent landscape towards Lake Beliș-Fântânele. The road has been paved a few years ago and the asphalt is very good . Attention though because there are many areas with limited visibility and it’s very narrow.
Locul 8: Trans Bucegi
The road on the 8th place is improperly called “Trans Bucegi” because the road only reaches the plateau in the vicinity of the Piatra Arsă chalet or another variant reaches the Peștera hotel near the cave of Ialomicioara so it doesn’t completely passes the Bucegi Mountains. On this route there is an old forest road since the relay at Costila and the Babele chapel were built but some years ago it was asphalted on a section of about 12 km from DN71 until near the Piatra Arsă chalet. Also, the access road to Ialomita valley (Bolboci lake and Ialomicioara cave) is still in construction.
The road is very spectacular: the first part climbs steeply through the forest, with some belvedere areas towards Cota 200 and Cota 1400, as well as towards Prahova Valley, then when arriving to the alpine area the landscape becomes magnificent. On the plateau, the curves are quite wide and it is a unique feeling to ride with over 100km / h at 2000m altitude.
Unfortunately, the road is officially closed because it has not yet been completed and officilay opened. There are many areas without parapets or gutters for stormwater drainage. I recommend, especially in the summer, to go on this route during the week because otherwise in the weekend it is very busy.
Locul 7: Valea Siriului
This is one of the roads that completely crosses the Carpathians and makes the connection between Buzău and Brașov (DN 10). The spectacular part is between the village of Cislău and the village of Prejmer near Brașov, where the road passes near the Ciucaș, Siriu or Tătarului Mountains.
The scenery is spectacular, especially in the area of the lake Siriu and the good part is that the road is almost always with low traffic.
The road has sections with almost perfect asphalt but also some areas where there is work in progress or where there are many potholes and bumps but not many.
Locul 6: Cheia
The DN1A road that connects Ploiești and Brașov through Vălenii de Munte is perhaps the best known route for Bucharest bikers and is simply nicknamed: “Cheia” by the name of the resort it crosses.
The road is popular among motorcyclists for several reasons: it is relatively free of traffic, it is reached very quickly from Bucharest and the asphalt is quite good. But perhaps the main reason is that here we have an excellent combination of areas with wide and very fast curves, on the southern side on the Teleajen River valley and on the northern side along the Tărlung River. In the middle of the route immediately after the Cheia resort we have a more twisted area: a succession of 10 hairpins that lead us to a maximum altitude of 1250m.