Bigar Waterfall: The Magic of a World Famous Attraction
The Bigar Waterfall was rapidly shifted from its off the beaten track isolation in 2013 when The World Geography placed it on the first position of its 8 Unique Waterfalls Around the World guide. From that moment on, this moss-covered falls became the most famous attraction from Caras-Severin, one of the most beautiful counties in Romania.
Part of the scenic Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, a protected area with iconic waterfalls and one of a kind lakes, the Bigar Waterfall is located in Aninei Mountains, exactly on the 45th north Parallel. If it wasn’t for this indicator and the long car queue on the road, you might just miss it.
What makes this waterfall unique and spectacular is the way the Bigar water spring spreads over the moss of the cliff, plunging in many tiny shreds in the Minis River. Surfing to surface some 200 meters before the waterfall, the spring flows rapidly and noisy to its final destination.
Like many other natural attractions in Romania, the Bigar Waterfall has its own legend, this time of a girl in love, locked by her parents in the small cave close to the falls. Desperately wanting to be with a boy named Bigar, the girl could only do that after she was transformed into a waterfall and the boy drowned in its waters.
If you drive all the way to Bozovici to see this very particular waterfall, take enough time to also explore more of the wonderlands this area shares only with its most curious travelers. The watermills park from Eftimie Murgu, the largest in South-East Europe, is only 15 km away. You’ll see traditional watermills still used for centuries for grinding grains spread along the valley of Almaj. Go further to Oravita and you’ll see a city that will surprise you through its architecture and almost complete remoteness. Last but not least, take at least three days to hike in Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park, you’ll see the blue Ochiul Beiului Lake, Devil’s Lake and more breathtaking waterfalls.