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The area has been protected since 1938, when 4.4 square kilometres was declared a reserve. Since enlarged to 148 square kilometres, it now has offices and a new visitor centre in nearby Zărnești.

The massif is bordered by the Făgăraș Mountains in the northwest and those of the Bucegi in the east. The south side is a karst landscape of deep gorges and pitted slopes where water has carved out a series of caves at the junction of the Dâmbovița and Dâmbovicioara valleys. Chamois and other large herbivores along with large carnivores – principally brown bears, wolves and lynx – inhabit the park, which has 270 butterfly species, many amphibians and reptiles, plus 110 bird and 17 bat species.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: brown bear, wolf, lynx, capercaillie, chamois
  • Where: Southern Carpathians, Romania

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This wildlife location is featured in the following itinerary:

Bears in the Carpathian Mountains

This short trip over a long weekend offers the possibility of spotting brown bears and other animals in Piatra Craiului National Park, in the Carpathian Mountains. More than one third of all Europe's wolves, bears and lynx roam through the unspoilt forests of this spectacular range.

  • When to go: Apr-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 4 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £1,175 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea