National parks

The national parks of the North East region of Romania are territories protected by the law, which include natural ecosystems, namely nature areas in which the human being had not intervened in any way. The region of Moldavia can be proud of several natural treasures which offer unique experiences to visitors – the Ceahlau National Park, Calimani, Vanatori Neamt, Cheile Bicaz-Hasmas or the Botanical Garden of Iasi.

The natural environment, the fauna and flora of these protected regions are made available to the visitors by resorts and tourist settlements specially arranged in order to admire the landscapes and for recreation.

The Ceahlau National Park

Situated in the heart of the Ceahlau massif and founded in 1971, the reservation lays on a surface of ha 7,742.5. On the park territory you can find many floral and fauna species entered under the law protection.

Being situated in the central group of the Oriental Carpathians, you can arrive to the Ceahlau park on trans-Carpathian roads and the main access areas are the localities  Durau, Tasca, Bicazu Ardelean, Secu or Izvoru Alb.

The tourist attractions that the visitors should not miss are the scientific reservations Polita cu Crini and Ocolasul Mare, but also the monuments of nature Avenul Mare or the Duruitoarea Waterfall.

The Calimani National Park

The national park of the Caliman Mountains  is one of the main attractions of Moldavia, because it comprises also the most impressive volcanic crater of Romania (with a diameter of 10 kilometres).

The Calimani Park has an impressive surface of ha 24,041, covering almost the whole surface of the mountains on which is located and includes a lot of unique natural ecosystems with species in course of disappearing.

The access is done through many areas or localities which have opening toward the Calimani Mountains – Rastolita, Lunca Bradului, Vatra Dornei, Colibita etc.

The most important and impressive tourist objectives of the area are the reservations of Juniper trees with Pinus Cembra, 12 Apostles and the Iezer Lake.  On their surface you can find an authentic reservation containing juniper tree, pinus cembra, spruce fir or mountain peony, many of them being unique in Romania and also in Europe. The monuments or forms created during the years from the cemented lava of the volcano are making from the 12 Apostles Reservation an unique fascinating area of the country.

The National Park  Bicazului  Keys–Hasmas

The surface of this park lays on two counties from the central-North-East region of Romania – Harghita and Neamt. The national park is situated in the middle of the Oriental Carpathians, known also as the Moldavian Transylvanian Carpathians, which makes this region being the proud of Moldavia but also of Transylvania.

The surface of ha 6575 is full of the most known and visited picturesque attractions. The tourist coming to this region can not miss the particular landscapes of the Bicaz Keys or Red Lake. The fascination of the place continues with other interest points such as Duruitoare Keys, the Hasmasul Mare peak, Piatra Singuratica(the Lonely Stone), the Munticelu Cave or the Avenul Licas  where the visitors are impressed by the unique fauna and vegetation of the region.

On the surface of the reservation there are many tourist resorts made available to visitors and more than 18 paths that help you enter the region, but also to cross it.

The Natural Park Vanatori Neamt

Established in 1999 with a wide surface of hectares 30,818 hectare, the Vanatori Neamt park is a mixed complex of tourist attractions which includes both flora and fauna natural diversity and also historical or cultural values able to attract the tourists interest.

Situated in the North of Neamt county, at the border with Suceava, the park is proud to protect and conserve animals and birds species in course of disappearance: aurochs, brown bear, otter or lynx.

The “Dragos-Voda” aurochs reservation is one of the prides and natural beauties of the region, but there are other protected areas of the park which deserve to be visited especially for their historical importance. The Silver Forest and the Copper Woods are two fascinating reservations, which  touched Mihai Eminescu, he being inspired by the beauties found in this region of Moldavia .

The Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden of Iasi is an unique natural paradise of which the Moldavia region is proud. It is the first established on the territory of our country, and now it is on the top of the biggest and most beautiful botanical gardens of the world.

Although, there is as natural environment for hundreds of years, it has been established as institution only in 1856. The richness of the natural vegetation lays on a surface of 100 ha and it is divided in 12 impressive sectors. The visitors have the possibility to discover and admire unique and particular species of the flora of our country in the whole garden.