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Gorj County

Location & Access

Gorj County is located in south-western Romania, in the region of Oltenia, south of the Carpathian Mountains and north of the Danube River. It is situated at the crossroad of the 45 degrees northern latitude and 25 degrees eastern longitude, in central – south-eastern Europe. The best option to reach Gorj County is by using flights to one of the major airports in Romania and then connecting by train, bus or car (3-5 hours connection from most airports). The E79 European Road passes through the central part of Gorj County, from north to south, linking Hungary to Romania, Bulgaria and Greece. The E70 European Road passes close to the southern border of Gorj County, connecting Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey and Georgia. The DN66 National Road passes through central Gorj from north to south, overlapping E79. The DN67 National Road passes through central Gorj from east to west. A national railway line passes through central Gorj County from north to south, Târgu Jiu having direct connections to most major cities of Romania, including Bucharest. Târgu Jiu is located about 300 km from the major airport of Bucharest. Other close airports include Craiova (120 km), Sibiu (240 km), Cluj Napoca (300 km) and Timisoara (300 km).

Geography

The territory of Gorj County features almost all types of landscapes, positioned in steps from north to south. The highest peaks of the Carpathian Mountains along the north border of the county reach 2519 meters in Parâng Mountains. The mountain ridges gradually descend towards the south, into the depressions and hills of the Sub-Carpathians and further to the south, into the Getic Plateau, with low hills divided by the river valleys. The main river of Gorj County is Jiu, passing through the central part from north to south. The mountains of the north offer stunning landscapes and are teeming with wildlife, while the southern hills are mostly used for agriculture and human habitation, with large areas covered by forests. The climate of Gorj County is temperate-continental, with four seasons that offer extreme diversity, from cold winters with heavy snow to hot summers. Mean temperature throughout the year is around 100C in Târgu Jiu and gradually decreases in the mountains.

Getting around

  • If you come by car, traveling around Gorj County should be easy, as there are fairly decent roads to most settlements and tourist attractions. While not all roads are in good condition, they are practicable and driving is safe. If you plan to explore the countryside, make sure you fuel your tank, as there are few gas stations outside of towns.
  • There are buses and minivans that connect the county capital of Targu Jiu to most other towns and villages. Most of them are modern and offer good conditions for traveling anywhere. Tickets are usually purchased from the driver and prices are moderate, if not cheap (somewhere at 1 Euro/20-25 km).
  • Train is not a common or convenient way to get around Gorj County, as the main train line just stops in 3 or 4 other towns, but if you are left with no option, the train station in Targu Jiu offers good information about schedule and destinations. While there were many trains that stopped in every small station, these are extremely scarce today.
  • Taxis can be found in Targu Jiu and other towns, offering rides to any destination within the county. It is important to be informed on how much a ride should cost and always ask the driver to start the meter when leaving. Fares for longer trips can be negotiated, but the mean price in 2016 is about 1.5 RON, or 0.30 Euros.
  • Until some years ago, everyone used to hitchhike a ride to town from the villages of Gorj County. If you wish to try your luck, stand dy the road and signal free cars, one will eventually stop, as Romanians are used to this type of transportation. It is also fairly safe to hitchhike in Gorj County and the rest of the country.

Top Destinations

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Târgu Jiu & The Monuments of Brâncuși

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Parâng Mountains & Transalpina Road

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Parang and Transalpina

3

Domogled - Cerna Valley National Park

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Domogled Cerna Valley

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Jiu Defile & Lainici Monastery

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Lainici Monastery

5

Sohodol Gorges & Valley

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Sohodol Valley

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Tismana Monastery & Valley

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Tismana Monastery 2

7

Oltet Valley & Polovragi Monastery

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Oltet Valley

8

Muierii Cave & Galbenu Valley

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Muierii Cave

9

Traditional Architecture Museum

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Architecture Museum

10

Brâncuși House

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Brancusi Memorial House

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Crasna Monastery

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Crasna Monastery

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Motru Valley

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Motru Valley

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Cula Houses

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Cula Houses of Gorj

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Wooden Churches

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Wooden Churches of Gorj County
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