Basalt columns from Racoş

Located on the bank of Olt, one hour away from Brasov and less than 30 minutes from Rupea, the small village of Racoş houses a castle, an extinct volcano, wonderful basalt columns and an emerald lake. 

Basalt columns from Racoș (nature monument) and the entire geological complex from Racoşul de Jos, are protected areas of national interest corresponding to the IUCN III category (geological type nature reserve). The natural area is located in the southeastern part of Transylvania (in the contact area of the Harghita and Baraolt mountains with the Perșani mountains) and the northeastern part of Brașov county, near the county road (DJ131C) that connects the town of Racoș with Augustin. 

The natural reserve with an area of 1.10 ha, was declared a protected area in 2000 and represents massive basalt columns, with a geology characterized by the presence of lava flows attributed to the Quaternary. Also in Racoş: do not miss a visit to the emerald lake of Brazi career where the view is wonderful. The lake has a depth of about 10 m and 100 m long and formed as a result of rainwater accumulation, where 10 years ago basalt was exploited. 

Do not miss the extinct volcano, which is said to be the last volcano in the Carpathian mountain range, which would have ended its activity about 10,000 years ago. 

Also visit the ruins of the Sükősd-Betheln castle or the remains of the Dacian fortress dating from the 1st century BC. 


Lower Racoşul Geological Complex 46 ° 01′50 ″ N 25 ° 25′02 ″ E 

Basalt rocks 46 ° 01'33.5 "N 25 ° 25'30.5" E 

The ruins of the Dacian fortress: 46 ° 01′24 ″ N 25 ° 25′14 ″ E 

The extinct volcano: 46 ° 01'55.1 "N 25 ° 25'06.0" E

How to Visit:

Racoș can be reached following the road sign from DN13 / E60 Brașov - Sighișoara and then on DJ 131C for 10 km. From the village, follow the specific signs.

Hiking, cycling, horseback riding - free of charge - for guided tours, call Guides or local agencies.


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