The resort of Azuga is nestled at the foot of the Baiu Mountains, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
The resort of Azuga is nestled at the foot of the Baiu Mountains, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Casa Ferica and Casa David, situated at an altitude of exactly 1000m, both have spectacular views of the neighbouring Bucegi Mountains, and the famous “Busteni Cross”, one of the highest man-made monuments in Romania. One of the most famous mountain resorts of Prahova Valley, Azuga offers a plethora of rest and relaxation opportunities for all four seasons of the year.
An excelent place to go skiing
In total, Azuga has 4 x ski runs at the moment, with a state-of-the-art cable car (telegondola) that can service 2000 people per hour. It is well worth visiting the top of the mountain for the breathtaking views. The kids will love the ride! At the time of writing (2018), the cost of a return ticket is 30 RON return for adults, and 15 RON for children.
There are multiple ski-instructors for children at the bottom of the slopes. Casa Ferica can recommend an English speaking instructor should you wish – one that taught our whole family how to ski! There are several ski-hire places close to the slopes. Rates are very reasonable.
Aside from enjoying the mountain air and fantastic nature, the tourist infrastructure in Azuga is some of the most advanced and tourist-friendly in the whole country. Here are some of the must-sees – in our opinion!
HALEWOOD WINE CELLAR 1892 / CRAMELE RHEIN
The champagne factory dates back to 1892 and is well worth a viewing. As you drove into Azuga, you will have passed on the right, approximately 200m from the DN1, large wrought-iron gates with a large sign hanging across the road. This is Cramele Rhein. Here you can have a factory tour and find out how Champagne is made! Eat in the restaurant – traditional Romanian food, which is great value, and buy international and local wines at low prices in the small shop
AZUGA FISH FARM
Drive up past the ski resort to the left, and you will soon come across Azuga Fish Farm, a local legend! The trout here are as fresh as can be, and go brilliantly on the BBQ…the kids love playing with the local family’s dog here, also!
AZUGA FUN PARK
Azuga Fun Park is a recent addition to Azuga’s fantastic recreational options. A beginner’s ski slope, ski hire location (with mostly brand new equipment, it should be noted!) cater for skiers. But that’s not all – the tubing run and zip wire are ideal for the thrill-seekers amongst you, after which we recommend the hot chocolate at the park’s café! There is also an ice rink at the park, which opens in high season.
THE LOGGING TRACK WALK
If you want to have a lovely walk directly from the house with no need for cars… look out of the kitchen window up into the neighbour’s driveway and follow the fence along until you see a gate leading straight into the Christmas Tree Field.
Enter the gate, and walk up into the field, heading directly north. It’s quite steep for about 300m, then you meet the logging track, you’ll notice different coloured paint spots, squares or triangles and these are walks through the woods. The red trial leads you to the top.
If you continue the walk for around 75 minutes, you will not be disappointed. You reach the summit, which gives unbelievable panoramic views of the entire area. On the way, you won’t see another person! It’s easy to follow the red paint markers to the top, but please be aware that it’s a steep trek and should only be attempted by the physically fit.
TRAIL ROAD TO CASA SUSAI
Cycle through the woods to one of Romania’s most scenic hotel/restaurants, which offers a panorama almost unrivalled, even in Romania – and a great soup! It is almost guaranteed that you won’t see another soul on the track, also…
CHRISTMAS TREE FIELD
If the kids are not interested in walking, head into the Christmas Tree Field and walk straight across bearing East. You’ll walk towards a small – secret stream – where my kids have often seen fairies, secret water creatures and collected frogs, newts and leaves to make pictures later!
TEA AT LUX GARDEN
After a full day on the slopes, relax with a hot chocolate in the bar of the 5* hotel, with an unparalleled view of the Busteni mountains in the background
AZUGA QUAD BIKES
Along the main Azuga road, there are several small outlets with Quad Bikes. These are hired by the hour and you will need a valid driving license. Charges seem to be around 100 RON per hour, at time of writing.
After a period in the wilderness – Azuga Beer is back, and it’s great! Try one of the local brews in any of the small bars and restaurants that are generously scattered around the town
CASA FERICA AND DAVID HOT TUBS!
Finally, when you’ve experienced all the wonderful sights and sounds of Azuga, unwind with a drink in the hot tub, away from it all, luxuriating in the bubbles and warmth of the mountain view!
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