Transylvania Mountain Biking in the Paltinis Hills
The mountains around the Paltinis resort are covered in magnificent forests, with isolated meadows and mountain tops. There’s a wealth of trails to explore, and this one is just a short distance from historic Sibiu, a World Heritage Site, and its endless accommodation options. It’s a great base for a superb cycling holiday, with its own international airport only a 15 minute taxi ride from the centre of the old town.
This ride starts from the old Saxon village of Rasinari and climbs steadily towards Paltinis, whilst not visitng the resort. Instead, it continues around the mountian tops, before descending on a fast and sometimes technical trail, back to Rasinari.
Stats 31 km 999 metres
Refreshments & Where to Stay
Sibiu is nearby, and as a world renowned tourist hotspot, it has everything that you need: great hotels and apartments, great places to eat and a super nightlife. On the ride, take snacks and drinks with you, as this is a mountain area.
This route has a long and winding climb into the hills, that requires a good level of fitness. However, your efforts are rewarded, with unbelievable views and an epic and extra long descent. There’s a few technical sections, where you need to take care, but it’s a case of letting the bike have some fun 😉
1. Make sure to park sensibly in the village of Rasninari, and then follow the trail that heads alongside the Steaza River and climbs.
2. When you are 2 km from Paltinis, the tracks merge and you need to head left and keep climbing.
3. Follow the high trail as it passes mountain meadows and skirts between Varful Plaiului and Varful Barnelor. The trail then twists into the trees and leads you back to Rasinari
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