Transylvania is better known as the not –so –true and more mythical then real the place where accordingly to Bram Stokers fantasy thriller Count Dracula is still lurking for fresh blood in his forsaken castle. The reality of the land and his people is much more lively, interesting from historic, environmental and cultural perspective.
If you mix some of the best motorcycle routes ever, old castles, great landscapes, high mountains, frozen in time villages and towns, friendly people and good food and drink, you can say you are undertaking a motorcycle tour trough Transylvania.
Transylvania (Romanian: Ardeal or Transilvania, Hungarian: Erdély, German: Siebenbürgen, Latin: Transsilvania) is a historical region in the central part of Romania. Bounded on the east and south by the Carpathian mountain range, historical Transylvania extended in the west to the Apuseni Mountains; however, the term sometimes encompasses not only Transylvania proper, but also the historical regions of Crișana, Maramureș, and Romanian part of Banat. The region of Transylvania is known for the scenic beauty of its Carpathian landscape and its rich history.
The Transylvanian plateau, 300 to 500 metres (1,000-1,600 feet) high, is drained by the Mureș, Someș, Criș, and Olt rivers, as well as other tributaries of the Danube. This core of historical Transylvania roughly corresponds with nine counties of modern Romania. Other areas to the west and north, which also united with Romania in 1918 (inside the border established by peace treaties in 1919-20), are since that time widely considered part of Transylvania.
Transylvania has been dominated by several different nations and countries throughout its history. It was once the nucleus of the Kingdom of Dacia (82 BC–106 AD). In 106 AD the Roman Empire conquered the territory, systematically exploiting its resources. After the Roman legions withdrew in 271 AD, it was overrun by a succession of various tribes, bringing it under the control of the Carpi (Dacian tribe), Visigoths, Huns, Gepids, Avars, Slavs and Bulgarians. It is a subject of dispute whether elements of the mixed Daco–Roman population survived in Transylvania through the Dark Ages (becoming the ancestors of modern Romanians) or the first Vlachs/Romanians appeared in the area in the 13th century after a northward migration from the Balkan Peninsula. There is an ongoing scholarly debate over the ethnicity of Transylvania’s population before the Hungarian conquest.
The typical Transylvanian mountain and hill landscape is providing great motorcycle routes almost everywhere in the country. The world-famous Transfagarasan, the wild Transalpina and the Tihuta/ Borgo Pass (yes, it is real and his curves are great) are well known by biker and motorists – as well romanian and foreigners.
The quality of the roads is getting each year better, and Transylvania is offering a large variety of road and motorcycle friendly routes – from perfect asphalt streets down to the hardest off-road terrain.
Its not overestimating when saying that Transylvania is the touristic juwell of Romania and also the heartland for motorcycle tours in the country.