Facts: Romania, Europe
Length: 29.2 km
Time: 24 min
Operating times: all year, temporary closed in wintertime
Surface: asphalt between Luica and DN4
Surface quality (out of 10): 8 as of 2017
Romanian county road no DJ403, close to DN4 and DN31
Route: From Luica to Mânăstirea, County Calarasi
Half way between Luica and Mânăstirea, you will find Ciornuleasa Forest (Padurea Ciornuleasa), a top attraction in Muntentia and a real dole in the hot summer days, a splendid forest drive. The temperature in here it’s at least 7-8 degrees lower and the air is rich with the fragrance of leaves and loam.
Huge roots spread-eagled the ground, twisting like the great backs of sea dinosaurs and the sky vanishes almost completely, only a few fragments of blue remain – like scattered pieces of an impossible jigsaw puzzle. The forest is open to everyone that wants to feel the crispy grass under their feet or to inhale its fresh and organic smell.
Along the road, the foliage became thick and lush, forming an arch of fairytale-green above the heads for those who are willing to enjoy the shadow, the size and majesty of the trees or to hear the orchestra of bird songs. The vegetation invaded every free space until where the ribbon of asphalt begins, so you have to pay a little more attention to the milestones near the road.
There is no chance to get lost, due to the fact that there is just one main road. All the other alleys that enter in the shady glades are either closed with barriers, either marked with an access denied indicator.
You have the chance to drive through the middle Shepherds and goatherds tend small flocks at the side of the road and see some spectacular landscapes and lost villages.
Driving in a sunny morning, on an empty asphalt road, you will encounter long and golden wheat fields on your way, beautiful villages scattered among the hillsides, where the rural life is so well preserved. It’s a unique sensation that gives you peace of mind and serenity cause the road leads you to some of the emptiest, most untouched countryside in Europe. There is nothing nicer than driving while listening to the wind, which brings the sweet smell of the field flowers to your nose.
During the winter, this road can be temporary closed because of the snow, but the authorities usually take care of the situation on time. In this forest drive don’t forget however your winter tires, adapt the speed and be sure you have enough fuel, water and food supplies if you’ll visit the area in the winter period.
As soon as you arrive in Mânăstirea, near the Sultana village, two archeological sites are waiting for you – a place during “Latene” period, in the south-east part of the village and a Neolithic necropolis from the “Boian” culture. The Saint Dumitru church, which has a century old architectural style, it’s another national attraction that deserves your attention.