Dubova – Ciucaru Mic
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
Difference of level (total)
4-5 h (backward 4-5h)
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
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
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.