7. Dubova – Cazanele mici

Route name

Dubova – Ciucaru Mic




Almăj Mountains

Route type



Yellow triangle(YT)

Description of route

The route beginson the national road DN57 , leaving Cazanele Mici  and enteringthe Dubova Gulf ,after the boarding house Decebal;on the right side of the road  there is a back road ; the route begins with an ascent of  15% and enters a standing crop, it follows this back road and after  1,2 km it enters a large glade and here there is the first belvedere point 1, from which you can see partially the Dubova Gulfand the south extremity of  Cazanele Mici; then we continue the route on the back road through the glade  on the crest of the hill for about  2,2 km and we arrive at  Miloșescu’s dwelling ,from here the route  continues on the back road in the West direction  and after about  600 m the tourist route follows the margin of the forest on the left side  and after 350 m you enter standing crop ; then we travel 700 m through the beech tree forest  on the same back road and enter a small glade,  we go on its left margin  on a distance of 200m,then we enter again the forest and the route  goes about  2 km ; we enter a glade and arrive at a belvedere point 2,here you can see partially the  Dubova Gulf, Cazanele Mari, the Serbian shore; then the route goes along the forest and enters a standing crop and after  550 m we arrive at the belvedere point 3with an opening of  180 degrees; from hereyou can see the Danube,  the  Dubova gulf,  Dubova village, the abrupt of  Ciucarul Mare and Stirbatul Mare of the Serbian shore, Golet Peak.

It intersects with the other tourist route marked with a red triangle which goes out to  Ciucaru Mic peak ; then the route begins to go down on a valley  with a forest of mixture of hornbeam, holmand beech ,on a larger paththat used to be an old back road  and after 900m we arrive atthe end of the routewhich intersects with DN57.

Length in km

9 km

Difference of level (total)

473 m

Running time

4-5 h (backward 4-5h)

GPS coordinates

Beginning of the route – N44 37.478. E22 15.459

Belvedere point1 – N 44.629847. E 22.255045

Lay-over place – N 44.643711. E 22.247699

Miloșescu’s dwelling – N 44.646343. E 22.247530

Belvedere point2 – N 44.639175. E 22.279426

Belvedere point 3 – N 44.639760. E 22.284829

End of the route – N 44.632896. E 22.279569 


In spring/summer/autumn

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 at entry, the other one at   Miloşescu’s dwelling

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:

Forest natural landscape:

A characteristic of the fauna of Cazanele Mari isthe 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.


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