The Romanian village of Fundata has 3 best. It is the highest village in the country with the cleanest air and the cleanest water.
How to get to Fundata?
Fundata is located in the southeast of the historical region of Transylvania in central Romania. From an administrative point of view, it is located on the edge of the southern part of the Brașov County.
From Brașov, you can easily reach the village of Fundata by direct bus. The journey takes 56 minutes – 1 hour and 28 minutes. The ticket costs around 13 lei/2.62 euros/person. Buses stop at the Statie Fundata bus stop.
You cannot get to the village of Fundata by train, because there is no railway line.
Brașov-Ghimbav International Airport (Aeroportul Internaționale Brașov-Ghimbav; international code according to IATA: GHV) is located 48.4 km/1 hour and 7 minutes by car northeast of Fundata. The airport boasts the title of the 1st airport built in Romania in the last 50 years. At the same time, it is the 3rd largest airport after Henri Coandă Airport (OTP) in Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca Airport (CLJ). The airport was opened only in June 2023. Brașov is the 2nd most visited city after Bucharest.
From the airport, you can reach destinations such as Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Valencia in Spain, Brussels in Belgium, London-Gatwick, London-Luton in the United Kingdom, Dortmund, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart in Germany or Rome-Fiumicino airport in Italy. In 3 months of operation (June-August 2023), they transported more than 30,000 people to the airport.
What to do, see and visit in Fundata?
In addition to hiking in the surrounding hills of Țara Branului, or longer hikes in the Bucegi and Piatra Craiului mountains, the Cheile Grădiștei hotel will take care of your (and your children’s) leisure time. The biggest attractions are the approximately 1 km long alpine coaster, the 500 m long tandem zipline at a height of 50 m, riding on UTV vehicles and mountain carts. Children and adults can test their skills in the Aventura park (rope park). For cycling lovers, the hotel offers mountain bike, electric mountain bike and scooter rental. Tubing, a climbing wall, a spa & wellness center, a sports center and a children’s playground complete the range of leisure activities. Beginners as well as intermediate skiers and snowboarders will definitely appreciate the 2 slopes with a ski lift and artificial snow.
Where to stay in Fundata?
The 3-star hotel with the poetic name Raza Soarelui (Sunbeam) is located right in Fundata. I was accommodated in a double room with a private bathroom with a shower. Rooms are tastefully furnished with massive wooden furniture. The room had a balcony that offered a breathtaking view of the mountains. The hotel offers various activities for families with children and sporty guests. They serve breakfast in the form of a buffet.
We had a choice of hams, salamis, cheeses, vegetables, but also always something warm, sunnyside-up eggs, scrambled eggs or frankfurters. They buy raw ingredients from locals. The dining room also offers a view of the mountains. There is nothing better than starting the day with a delicious breakfast with a view of the proud and majestic mountains behind which the autumn sun rises. I live near the mountains, but I really enjoyed it here! Of course, Loredana, the very nice owner of the hotel, made our stay pleasant. Free but somewhat weak Wi-Fi was available throughout the hotel. You book accommodation by filling out the reservation form on the hotel’s official website.
Other accommodation facilities in the village of Fundata:
Where to eat in Fundata?
During my stay in Fundata, I ate in the hotel where I was staying. The first evening they prepared roast pork for us. Corn porridge mămăligă was an obvious side dish. But this time they baked it with a really thick layer of smoked cheese. I’m not used to such tastes, but it didn’t bother me either. The portion was complemented by sauerkraut salad. After dinner they served a fantastic apple puff pastry cake. I told the owner of the guest house that I would like to eat one more baking pan.
On the last evening, they prepared a real Lukul feast for us. While the pig was turning on one skewer, the sheep was on the other. This time too, mămăligă was a side dish, but in the form of balls. I write balls on purpose because little balls look a little different. And to make it a little special again, they mixed corn porridge with cheese. The side dish was so filling that I had trouble finishing it. A traditional Romanian evening was made more enjoyable by a folklore group and a historical group focusing on the 1st World War.
Also read these articles from Transylvania:
- Sirnea – from a pastoral settlement to a tourist village
- Hunedoara – a town with a raven sign
- Deva full of stories
The article was created in cooperation with FIJET Romania.
The prices were recalculated according to the current exchange rate of the National Bank of Slovakia valid as of 13/10/2023 (1 euro = 4.9648 lei).
© Ing. Adam Vanečko