Spoilers alert. Bigar Waterfall collapsed in the summer of 2021.
The small Bigar Waterfall was rapidly shifted from its off the beaten track isolation in 2013 . Back then, The World Geography placed it in the first position of its 8 Unique Waterfalls Around the World guide. Almost overnight, it became the most famous site from Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park Caras-Severin, one of the most beautiful areas in Romania.
Bigar waterfall is located right on the 45th north Parallel, but it’s very easy to miss unless you notice the sign. What makes it rare and spectacular is the way the water spring spreads over the moss of the cliff, plunging in many tiny shreds in the Minis River. The spring surfs to the surface some 200 meters before reaching the waterfall and flows rapidly and noisy to its final destination.
Like many other natural attractions in Romania, Bigar Waterfall has its own legend. This time is that 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 turned into a waterfall and the boy drowned in its waters.
If you drive all the way to Bozovici to see the waterfall, take enough time to explore more of the wonderlands this area shares only with its most curious travelers. This part of the country is the perfect place if you enjoy less crowded attractions and less-traveled routes.
The watermills park from Eftimie Murgu, the largest in South-East Europe, is only 15 km away. Locals still use them to grind cereals.
Go further to Oravita and you’ll see a city that will surprise you with its architecture and almost complete remoteness.
Last but not least, take at least three days to hike in Cheile Nerei-Beusnita National Park.