Red triangle (RT)
Description of the route
The route beginson the national road DN57 , immediately after getting out of Căzănele Mici and entering the Dubova Gulf, on the first valley on the right part of the national road. Climbing begins in this valley, through a forest with a mixture of cărpiniţa, holm and beech, on a larger path that used to be an old back road, with an ascent of 30% and continues until a road junction (1) after travelling 700 m. The tourist route goes in the straight forward direction which climbs and after about 250 m we meet a road junction (2),where a lay-over place is set up ;nearby there is a glade where we have the first belvedere point 1. The route returns back until this road junction , we follow the right lineand after 70 m we enter a field of limestone pavements on a distance of 50 m and we see a special landscape;then the route continues through the forest and after 100 m we meet the road junction (3),we follow the deviated line on the right side and after 100 m we arrive on crest of Ciucarul Mic; the route continues on the crest on the right side in the south –west direction and after 200 m we enter a glade, we follow the margin of the forest for 100 m, we enter a standing crop, we go 100 m, then we enter a glade, we pass it in the same south-west direction for about 250 m, go through a forest glade 75 m and then we enter the belvedere point 2, where a lay-over place is set up. The route ends here then the coming back is done on the same road that we came , this being the end of the route.
Length in km
Difference of level (total)
1 h (backward 1 h)
Beginning of the route – N44 37.953, E22 16.680
Road junction 1 – N44 38.219, E22 16.956
Road junction 2 – N44 38.324, E22 17.025
Belvedere point 1 – N44 38.348, E22 17.022
Field of limestone pavements – N44 38.325, E22 17.059
Road junction 3 – N44 38.290, E22 17.150
Belvedere point 2 – N44 37.943, E22 16.925
Lay-over place – N44 38.324, E22 17.025
End of route – N44 37.943, E22 16.925
No. of applied signs
No. of posts
No. of signage
No. of informing panels and their location
2 panels; one of them set up on DN 57, the other one at the road junction 2 on the route
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
Access in the area
By car – from DN57
Year of route homologation
Natural elements and attractions:
Natural forest landscape:
On the calcareous versants from Căzănele Dunării in the Iron Gate Natural Park there is a vegetal association called “sibliac” made up of the downy oak (Quercus pubescens), oriental hornbeam (Carpinus orientalis), manna ash (Fraxinus ornus), wild liliac (Syringa vulgaris), sometimes with mahaleb cherry (Prunus mahaleb) and rarely, with Montpellier Maple of Banat (Acer monspessulanum). Among the rare species we can mention Cazane Tulip (Tulipa hungarica), blue bells of Cazane (Campanula crassipes).
A characteristic of the Cazanele Mari fauna is the presence of thermopile species like: the tortoise (Testudo hermanni hermanni), nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes), the termite (Reticulitermes lucifugus) or the scorpio (Euscorpius carpaticus).
The ichthyofauna of the barrier lakediffers in a way from that of the Danube, not only because the environment differences , but also because of the contrived introduction of some species of economic interest (crucian,carps); fish multiplied, like the catfish, zander, carp, but the starlet disappeared , which cannot forward up the Danube Valley because of the barrages.
The typical landscape is a narrow pass. Here there are a lot of landforms and land microforms, for instance the Cazanele Mari Plateau is unique in Europeand takes your breath away. It is the place where you stay on Urgonian carbonate platforms (140 million years), on limestone pavements (natural “sculptures” in limestone), where tertiary sibliacs (vegetal associations made up mostly of liliac, hornbeam, manna ash, wig tree) come from interglacial warmer periods , it is the place from which the golden colour of the Cazane tulip tells you that here, in Cazanele Mari of the Danubethere is the only place in the world where it lives, in fact it is the place where “the Danube knocked and Iron Gates opened “.
During passing this route, the tourists have to be accompanied by the rangers of Iron Gates Natural Park, as in fact on all the routes, because here you step through the natural elements of a great value for the geology , flora and fauna of Romania , but also of Europe.