The Székely Land or Szeklerland in german (Hungarian: Székelyföld; Romanian: Ţinutul Secuiesc;) is a historic and ethnographic area in Romania, inhabited mainly by the Székelys, a subgroup of the Hungarian people in eastern Transylvania. Its territory is roughly 16,943 square km. The Székelys live in the valleys and hills of the Eastern Carpathian Mountains, corresponding to the present-day Harghita, Covasna, and parts of Mureş Counties in Romania. In 2002 the estimated ethnic composition of Székely Land consisted of Hungarians (61%), Romanians (33%), Germans (3%) and Roma (3%).The area forms a Hungarian ethnic enclave within present-day Romania. Its cultural center is the city of Târgu Mureș, the largest settlement in the region.
The geography of the Syekely Land is marked by great hills and mountains. Villages are relatively far from each other, so the land has a wild and scarsly populated feeling. The rough continental climate and the hidden valleys of the Szekely Land are crossed by roads who seem perfect made for motorcycle rides. The turns and curves of the good roads here can make every bikers heart warm, and the road conditions are on main and secondary road good – surpassing in quality the Romanian average road conditions.
Tourism and touristic infrastructure are well developed, and the Hungarian inspired cuisine is on its own right a reason good enough to visit this part of Romania.
As for the cultural aspect of your motorcycle trip in the Szeklerland you can find Székely fortified churches – more than 20 Székely villages with fortified churches, the baroque church at Şumuleu Ciuc (Csíksomlyó), a major Roman Catholic pilgrimage site, traditional Székely handicrafts (pottery, wood carving) at Korund, visit the Salt mines at Praid and enjoy the hospitality offered by numerous family-run rural tourism pension and guesthouses.
The eastern part of Transilvania is a real Mekka for bikers, and Gheorgheni is the town where the oldest motorbike meeting in Romania is organisen every summer – a tradition started more then 20 years ago. It may sound not much, but for Romania its something, but in the communist times such meetings where banned and the authorities did not like the free spirit of motorcycle riders.
The roads and scenery of the hills and mountains that form the landscape of the Szekely Land makes this part of Romania a must – see and must – ride part of the country, and although it is not well known in Europe, it can be easily called the hidden gem of Transilvania, in matters of motorcycle tourism.