12. Svinita – Trikule

Route name





Almăj Mountains

Route type



Yellow triangle (YT)

Description of the route

The routebegins at the exit on DN57 at about 4 km from Sviniţa to Orşova, more exactly at 100 m from the medieval citadel Trikule. The tourist route begins on a path near the informing panel, on  a section of 200 m until the first dwelling, Martinovici Svetislav’s dwelling, it follows the margins of some agrarian lands and,  enter a back road, and after 100 m the route enters a fir tree forest on a section of  500 m, after which it goes through the small glade with  a meadow where there is a road junction (1) of roads. We follow the path which climbs and after 50 m we meet the road junction (2), we continue on the road that climbs until the road junction  3, we follow the left path, we enter a holm tree forest, and after 300 m the route enters a fir tree forest;  after 300 m the fir tree forest begins, we climb on the route following the back road, and at about 700 m there is the lay-over place. Starting from  the lay-over place we climb following the markings and cliff path in the north direction; after about  200 m there is the belvedere point 1 with an opening of 180 ˚from where you can see the Danube,  the dwellings from the south part of the route,  we climb another 200 m belvedere point 2 with an opening of 180˚ from where you can see more views not only  on the romanian shore, but also on the serbian one, as well as the dwellings situated under Cioaca Borii. The route continues climbing the path and following the markings at 500 m where we see the road junction 4, from where we follow the path that climbs up, and after about 150 m we leave the fir-tree forest, and the route continues through the holm tree forest until the sylvan bollard 161, from where the route continues through a glade climbing  near the margin of the forest for about  500 m until the well with drinkable water. From the well we follow the path through the forest, and after  200 m there is a belvedere point 3 with an opening of 180˚ from where you can see  Valea Boştiţa, Cioaca Borii and the Serbian shore. The route continues through the forest for 200 m and after leaving the forest, after about 50 m, there is Iovanovici Avram’s dwelling.

We follow the signs posted on the garden’s  fence, and after 100 m there is PB4 with an opening of 270˚ from where you see Şviniţa, all the dwellings around, as well as the Danube. After about 100 m we enter standing crop, after 50 m we meet the road junction 5, we follow the deviated line on the left,after 100 m the road junction 6, we follow the deviated line on the left, affter about 100 m the road junction 7, we still follow the deviated line on the left, we go farther for about  200 m, we enter a glade which we pass in the south, south-west direction on a section of 250 m, going past a lost dwelling, enter standing crop, we follow “the path of  belemnites” after which we arrive on Valea Murguceva where there is the water  catchment (well with drinkable water). The route passes a section of  debriswhere there is the belvedere point 5 with an opening of 180˚ from where you see Valea Murguceva, the lost dwellings in this area, the Serbian shore as well as the vegetation characteristic for this area. We go thorugh the forest for about 200 m and then we enter a short glade of  30 m that we pass in the straighforward direction, and after  20 m there is the road junction 8, where we follow  the left deviated line. We go for 50 m and we meet  the road junction 9, we go on the crest following the signs, and after about 100 m we see the road junction 10, we follow the markings, and after 100 m there is the belvedere point  6 with an opening of 360˚ from where you see Donji Milanovăţ, Şviniţa, amphitheatre in  Şviniţa,Valea Murguceva; we go in the south direction, there is the road junction 11, we go in the straightforward direction, after 50 m the road junction 12, we go in the right direction.

The route continues farther on the back road, after  100 m there is the road junction 13, we follow the left deviated line, at  50 m the road junction 14. We follow the deviated line forward, then there are the road junctions 15 and 16; we only go straight forward and arrive at  DN 57, and at 20 m there is  the road junction 17-entry in  Şviniţa, at this road junction you follow the right deviated line, enter in  Şviniţa and after about 200 m we meet the road junction 18 , we follow the left deviated line, we go 50 m, we meet the road junction 19 (Community center Şviniţa), following the right deviated line, we go 30 m and meet the road junction 20 m where there is  Şviniţa mayor’s office and a shop, we follow the left deviated line, we go straightforward, and at 20 m there is the road junction 21, we follow the line straight forward until the road junction  22 where we follow the right deviated line climbing until the road junction 23 where there is a well, and we follow the back road forward ,climbing  until road junction 24, we climb until the stadium which we  by-pass on the left side, we arrive at the road junction 25, we follow a left path, we pass a meadow, then we climb through a acacia forest, following the markings until we arrive at the amphytheatre in Şviniţa,where there is the column which shows the end of the route.

Length in km

9,2 km

Difference of level (total)

453 m

Running time

4-5 h (backward 4-5 h)

GPS coordinates

Beginning of the route – N44 28.855, E22 08.719

Martinovici Svetislav’s dwelling – N44 28.959, E22 08.759

Road junction 1 – N44 30.285, E22 06.027

Road junction 2 – N44 29.243, E22 08.861

Road junction 3 – N44 29.313, E22 08.824

Lay-over place – N44 29.319, E22 08.626

Belvedere point 1 – N44 29.377, E22 08.631

Belvedere point 2 – N44 29.435, E22 08.617

Road junction 4 – N44 29.688, E22 08.570

Sylvan bollard 161 – N44 29.898, E22 08.457

Fountain – N44 29.930, E22 08.433

Belvedere point 3 – N44 29.900, E22 08.380

Iovanovici Avram’s dwelling – N44 29.907, E22 08.104

Belvedere point 4 – N44 29.901, E22 07.995

Road junction 5 – N44 30.039, E22 07.572

Road junction 6 – N44 30.039, E22 07.511

Road junction 7 – N44 30.028, E22 07.491

Belvedere point 5 – N44 29.918, E22 07.050

Road junction 8 – N44 29.998, E22 06.943

Road junction 9 – N44 29.999, E22 06.919

Road junction 10 – N44 29.912, E22 06.920

Belvedere point 6 – N44 29.865, E22 06.939

Road junction 11 – N44 29.703, E22 06.903

Road junction 12 – N44 29.642, E22 06.923

Road junction 13 – N44 29.730, E22 06.703

Road junction 14 – N44 29.713, E22 06.656

Road junction 15 – N44 29.725, E22 06.640

Road junction 16 – N44 29.670, E22 06.491

Road junction 17 – N44 29.656, E22 06.412

Road junction 18 – N44 29.784, E22 06.353

Road junction 19 / community center Svinița – N44 29.861, E22 06.261

Road junction 20/ Svinita   city hall – N44 29.884, E22 06.317

Road junction 21/shop – N44 29.927, E22 06.278

Road junction 22 – N44 29.990, E22 06.196

Road junction 23 – N44 30.040, E22 06.232

Road junction 24 – N44 30.074, E22 06.231

Road junction 25 – N44 30.116, E22 06.264

End of the route – N44 30.285, E22 06.027


In spring/summer/autumn

No. of applied signs


No. of posts


No. of signage


No. of informing panels and their location

2 panels, one at the entry on DN57 near the  Sviniţa harbour, the other one at the ruins of the medieval citadel  Trikule

State of route


State of marking


Necessary works to execute

There are not

Covers on route

Capacity no. place/their state

A lay-over place set up with a small table, two benches and a recycle bin

Difficulty degree


Route importance


Access in the area

By car – from DN57

Year of route homologation 




Natural elements and attractions :

Very diverse natural landscape.

During the route there are forests of mixture in which there are species like the Turkey oak (Quercus cerris), the Hungarian oak (Quercus frainetto), the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus),oriental hornbeam (Carpinus orientalis), manna ash (Fraxinus ornus),smoke tree (Cotynus coggigria) and in the place called Cioaca Borii there is the species  Banat black fir tree that grew on a cliff support.

The fauna is represented by mammals like the buck (Capreolus capreolus), the wolf (Canis lupus), the wild boar, reptileslikethe green lizard (Lacerta viridis), nose-horned viper (Viperă ammodytes), Hermann’s tortoise (Testudo hermanni boetgerri):

- dwellings;

- Tri Kule citadel.

The  Zeliște – Veligan amphitheatre, found above Sviniţa, on Valea Tiganski, is an impressive  amphitheatre generatedby conglomerates of the inferior Jurassic (200 millionyears) of continental origin. Conglomeratesbelong to  the formation of  Cioaca Borii.

On the steps of the amphitheatre you can admire the still waters of thebarrier lake, Sviniţa (totally dislocated), the remnants of the houses with traditional architecture of Serbian influence and of the church in the old village.

From the very beginning of the ecotourist route, a watermill, by construction and mechanism, shows us that the local element is still bright. This kind of mill with draw and admission by  “button” from Sviniţa (XVIIIth century) is preserved and exposed  in the popular civilization Museum  in Dumbravă Sibiului.

The entire village is located on Jurassic deposits, which make us think about the Mesozoic sea whose water was covering this region over 200 million years ago. Evidence are the fossil tracks of the inhabitants that lived in the waters of this sea, in which we mention ammonites, those big snails whose name comes from Amon God and the belemnites whose conches have a bullet shape.  On  the  Murguceva Valley, you step on “the path of belemnites”, where there are kept the fossil remnants of this prehistoric animals.

The ecotourist route is covered with a lot of cabins, where the tourists can refuge from the weather changes. Those who travelled through the Banat black fir-tree forests in Domogled, a mountain that practically identifies with this tree and that makes part of  the National Park  Domogled-Valea Cernei, another protected area from  the S-W of Romania, being in continuity with the Iron Gates Natural Park,  will see the difference between the floor of the Domogled fir tree and low altitude, close to the  glaze of the Danube waters, of the luciul apelor Dunării , of the Banat black fir-tree above the ruins from  Tricule.

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