Piatra Mare

Situated south of “Barsa Country”, Piatra Mare Massif is part of Barsa Mountains, which belong to South-Eastern Carpathians. The highest point is reached in Piatra Mare Summit, 1844m.

The northern border is formed by Barsa depression, in the east Garciu Valley separates it from Garbova Mountains, in the south Azuga Valley is the limit and in the west the Timis Valley separates Piatra Mare from Postavaru Massif.

Piatra Mare is formed mainly from conglomerates and Mesozoic limestone. Sandstone can also be found. The variety of rocks shaped and eroded differently makes hiking here even more enjoyable, alongside with the view that opens from the top.

Flora consists mainly from forests, which cover more then 80% of the surface. Leveled by altitude, the beech forest is present at the bottom, mixed forest and spruce fir follow, the sub alpine vegetation being present in the upper section.

Fauna is represented by foxes, wolves, wild bores, deer, brown bears and birds, like the woodcock in the lower areas and the low protected mountain cock.

Tourism is not developed according to the potential of the massif, mainly due to the proximity of more famous Bucegi Mountains. In order to show its beauty, Piatra Mare offers us the “Seven Steps” or “Seven Stairs” canyon, one of the most spectacular but also difficult route in the Carpathians.