Mountain Tourism

Ranca resort, located along Transalpina road, has four sopes equipped with ski lifts (one of them also has night installation), one chairlift slope, is the most known ski resort in Oltenia Carpati Mountains. It is declared as having the highest winter touristic potential that is not exploited in Romania, and it holds an extended skiing ground startng from the altitude of 1600 metres and up to 2100 metres. The area is still developing, accommodation and dining facilities growing each year.

Transalpina Road(DN 67C) ties Oltenia to Transilvania, from  Bengeşti and Novaci, over Parang Mountain, until it reaches Sebes in alba County. Centuries ago this route was a steep pathway used by the sheep herder from Sibiu suburbs to cross the sheeps to Oltenia, but also a road used by many people from Ardeal that were socially, nationally and religiously persecuted by the Autro-Hungarian state, on which they crossed the mountains in Tara Romaneasca and settled in Gorj, Valcea and Arges and were known as ”ungureni”, meaning herders, pastors, sheep growers. This explains the identity of the garments, customs and traditions of the population of both sides of the Middle Carpathians.
The Romans worked on building this road in 104 A.C, so the armies could cross the mountains and reach the Dac capital Sarmizegetusa. In the First World War it was paved by the Germans for military reasons. In 1933 it was rebuilt by King Carol the IInd who was impressed by the beauty and wilderness of the landscape that was crossed by the road. The official opening of the road was held in Poiana Sibiului in 1935.
Transalpina is the highest road in Romania with its highest point in Urdele Pass (2145 m), recentlybeing finalised the paving works on the entire road.