Racos: The Witness of Millennial Volcanic Eruptions

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A small village, halfway between Brasov and Sighisoara, Racos is well-known in Romania for its geological importance. The crater of a volcano that last erupted thousands of years ago and the nearby basalt columns attract many travelers curious to discover a landscape that seems to come from another world.

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To reach the geological area you need to cross the village first, itself a fine example of multicultural countryside as many of its locals are Hungarians. The history of the village goes back to the end of the 14th century, and the oldest testimony of its past are the ruins of the medieval castle Sukosd-Bethlen. Although not completely restored, the castle can be visited with the help of a local who lives right across from the monument.

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Nevertheless, the basalt columns and the millennial crater are still the main attractions of the village. Both are the result of the volcanic activity that took place in the Eastern Carpathians thousands of years ago, the last eruptions happening 10,000 years ago.

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To reach the crater, you can go on foot or by car, although the first option is preferable. The surrounding landscape is spectacular and the road is more suitable for walking than driving, unless you prefer the off road adventure. After a short walk from the village, you’ll reach the basalt columns, an impressive 15 meters tall wall of solidified volcanic lava. Another 15-20 minutes walk we’ll take you to the edge of the volcanic crater from Heghes Hill, the highest point of the area.

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The geological surprises don’t stop here. A turquoise lake formed in a former basalt quarry is the locals’ favorite place for a swim. If you’re planning to go local in Romania, this is your chance to do it in the most original way.

One of the many attractions of Transylvania, Racos is, however, different from the nearby villages where the centenary fortified churches are the highlights. Racos’ best part was not built by people, but was nature-made long before humans built their houses and communities.

If you’d like to visit this attraction, contact us via www.uncover-romania-tours.com

About the author

Diana is a tourism consultant, tour guide, travel writer and amateur photographer, focusing on sustainable tourism practices and destinations. You can find Diana Condrea on Twitter and Google+

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