Crucea Sfantului Petre
Type of route
Blue band (BB)
Description of the route
Entrance the route is done from Gura Văii, the road that passes through the town at about 50m of the railway bridge, enters the road that goes on the limit between UP.IV and UP.V of O.S.Tr.Severin, tourist marking being represented by a blue vertical band with white background. After about 550 m. One can meet aturn-out (1) the route following the left deviated line . Here the sylvan vegetation is represented by the mixture of oriental hornbeamand manna , after about 200m, the deviated lines unite and continue on the same way, in the north-west direction, and after about 350m it passes near the sylvan bollard 4 UP.V , then it passes a small gladeof 70 m arrives at Saser Stefan’s dwelling situatedon the left side of the route. Herethere is the only drinkable water on the route, a well in the yard of the dwelling. After about 130 m, on the left side of the route there is Colibasanu Stelu’s dwelling , after 250 m on the left side, there is Lăpădat Cristina’s dwelling ; the route continues at about 60 m too, enters sylvan background , passes near the sylvan bollard 152 UP.IV (mixture of holm and oriental hornbeam), then after 300 m it meets a road junction (2), follows the deviated line from the left on a section of 350 m until another road junction(3) , the route following the road that climbed a small crest. This section has short hills and downs following the same limit of UPs, after 1,2 km it meets the sylvan bollards 7 UP.V ,then after about 250 m the route meets the bifurcation (4) , following the deviated line on the left and after 100 m we pass near the sylvan bollard 10 from UP.V . After about 50m the route leaves the limit of UPs and follows the road on the left entering a holm forest, it arrives at a bifurcation (5) after 400 m and enters a path on which you can walk , in a lime-tree forest. At about 330 m. you enter a small opening where a lay-over place is set up; the route continues and after we pass 200 m on the path it arrives at another bifurcation (6) , follows the deviated line on the left by a mixture of holm and oriental hornbeam on a distance of 280 m and we arrive at the belvedere Point 1. From here we can go parallel with the Danube on a distance of 100 m until the belvedere Point 2 following the same path on which you can walk. It follows a section of small ups and downs of 900 m where Saint Peter’s Cross is , onCross Hill (Saint Peter’s Cross). From here it starts the climb-down section which presents a difficult ascent (of about 20%) and after about 60m you enter a fir-tree forest with tourist marking at the visibility limit (50m), weaving until the route exit point after 600 m, being the end of the route as well, near the Padina Gardului viaduct , onEuropean Road 70.
Length in kilometres
Difference of level (total)
2-3 h (backward 3 h)
Beginning of route – N44 40.010, E22 33.273
Road junction(1) – N44 40.213, E22 33.055
Saser Stefan’s dwelling – N44 40.499, E22 33.027
Well – N44 40.499, E22 33.027
Colibasu Stelu’s dwelling – N44 40.565, E22 33.066
Lepadat Cristina’s dwelling – N44 40.663, E22 33.004
Road junction (2) – N44 40.800, E22 32.804
Road junction (3) – N44 40.877, E22 32.568
Road junction (4) – N44 41.479, E22 32.093
Road junction (5) – N44 41.441, E22 31.802
Lay-over place – N44 41.376, E22 31.622
Road junction (6) – N44 41.316, E22 31.490
Belvedere point 1 – N44 41.185, E22 31.532
Belvedere point 2 – N44 41.136 , E22 31.534
Saint Peter’s Cross – N44 40.832, E22 31.970
The end of the route – N44 40.759 , E22 31.636
In spring /summer/autumn
No. of applied signs
No. of posts
No. of signage
No. of informing panels and their location
2 panels; at Gura Văii both of them, one of them at the entry and the other at the exit of the route
State of route
State of marking
Necessary works to execute
Covers on route
Capacity no. place/their state
A lay-over place set up with a small table, two benches and a recycle bin.
Access in the area
By car – from E.R 70, the access is done on the communal road that passes through Gura Vaii, at about 50 m. of the railway bridge.
By train – from Gura Văii from the station
Year of route homologation
Natural elements and attractions:
Wood vegetation is represented by a forest of mixture, where we can meet elements as the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), the holm (Quercus petraea), garniţa (Quercus frainetto), firtree (Tilia platifillos), but also Mediterranean elementsasoriental hornbeamor the butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus); versants from the Danube are also covered mostly with liliac scrubs (Syringa vulgaris).
Flower species are characteristic to the temperate-continental climate, with submediterranean influences , as orchids (Orchys), sweet William (Diantus), violas (Viola) or snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis).
The fauna is represented by some mammals as the wolf (Canis lupus), the buck (Capreolus Capreolus) or the wild cat (Felis sylvestris), reptilesas the tortoise (Testudo hermanni boetgerri), the green lizard (Lacerta viridis) or lizard (Lacerta agilis), birds like aigrette (Egretta), the cormorant (Phalacrocorax), the grebe (Podiceps), the hen-harrier (Buteo buteo) or the red kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).
On the Cross Hill (P.B.3) you can admire, the Hydroenergetic and Marine System Iron Gates I, which is placed at the crossroads of the road E70 with the road on the cornice of the barrage. The construction was inaugurated at 7th September 1964 by the two riverain countries Romania and Iugoslavia. The hydraulic ram barrage has got a length of 411 m and a height of 55,5 m, the Iugoslavia road that makes the connection between the two banks having a broadness of 7,8 m . On the two banks there is the flood gate system with a length of 30 m and a broadness of 34 m which allows the locking of a convoy made up of a tug-boat and nine barges, the entire operation lasting for about 1h. The hydroelectric centrals are located between the hydraulic ram barrage and flood gates, the annual production of electric energy being of about 10 billiardKW/h.
The European road E70 that goes parallel to electrified railways and which makes the connection between the towns Drobeta Turnu Severin and Orşova, was used in 1968, the railways passing 56 bridges and viaducts, 100 foot boardsand 9 tunnels.
The traditional occupations of the local people have firstly a mixed profile, imposedon one hand by the varied requests of living, and on the other hand by the self-sufficient character that the rural household had lately. Among these there are the following ones: the cultivation of agrarian products, sheeping, fishing, hunting, rising silk worms, milling, the wood manufacture, manufacturing of the handicraft objects and textiles, etc.
Traditional foodofcow, sheep and goat milk, lures youon the entire eco-tourist touring , proving to the potential sojourners, the hospitality that characterizes the entire area.