This circuit bike route was marked in 2015 by the NGO Tura in Natura Sibiu and it goes along the Hartibaciu Valley, the second largest Natura 2000 Site in Romania. We’ll cycle on gravel roads and narrow paths through flowering meadows full of colorful butterflies, dragonflies and a whole lot of other insects while accompanied by various bird calls. Often sights of bird species include the Lesser Spotted Eagle, at least 4 species of Woodpeckers, Bee-Eaters, Red-backed Shrikes, Hoopoes, Golden Orioles and a great number of passerines. Hares and Roe Deers might also be seen while drinking water from the river. The trail goes along the narrow-gauge railway (the Mocanita, as the people call it), which is no longer in use since 2001 and where nature already claimed its space. We’ll pass through beautiful natural landscapes and through remote villages where traditional agriculture is still being practiced.

Visits

 

We can visit the Orthodox Church of Mohu, painted in 1804 by the famous Grecu brothers, the fortified churches from Daia and Gusterita, and the educational garden inside the fortifications.This ambitious program is supposed to emphasize the use of the biodynamic principles of agriculture, in conjunction with methods of permaculture.

 

Difficulty level

This tour is around 45 km long, 600m elevation gain (mild climbs), gravel/earth roads 65% and asphalt (with little car traffic) 35%. It is suitable for both mountain bikes and trekking bikes and it has a low-medium difficulty level. The basic tour can take between 4 and 6 hours depending on our stops.

 

Extended tour

Option A: +10km bike/+12 km cycle trolley/+3.5 hrs  – A cycle trolley ride on the narrow-gauge railway

We will cycle some extra 10 km to Cornatel from where we will ride the bicycle trolley on a segment of the former narrow-gauge railway restored by a grup of voluntary young people called “Prietenii Mocanitei”- an NGO that struggles to bring the Mocanita back to life. We’ll have a picnic on a meadow in the shade of an oak tree while enjoying the beautiful natural landscape. We’ll continue to cycle the trolley towards Hosman, where we will visit the restored Old Mill and we’ll have the chance to taste some of the fresh baked bread.After this, we return to Cornatel and we’ll get back on our bikes and follow the marked route.

Option B: +8km bike/+2 hrs – A visit to the beekeeping school

A few kilometers before reaching Sibiu we’ll make a short detour through the Gusterita Forest to reach the Hamba Village. Here we will visit the Evangelical Church and in it’s garden we can assist to demonstrations and honey tasting offered by the beekeeping school that runs there.

 

Reservations

The extended tour must be booked a few days in advance. The basic tour is recommended to be booked a day in advance.

Prices

Basic Tour: €45 per person for 2 persons and €35 per person, for groups ranging from 3 to 6 people

*Price includes: bikes, guide

Extended Tour:

Option A:  €60 per person for 2 persons and €45 per person, for groups ranging from 3 to 5 people.

*Price includes: bikes, guide, cycle trolley, picnic

Option B:  €55 per person for 2 persons and €40 per person, for groups ranging from 3 to 6 people.

*Price includes: bikes, guide, picnic

 

Note! 5% of the price will be donated to the Tura in Natura organisation to support the maintenance of the bike route.