National Parks in Romania

In Romania, there are numerous protected natural areas that have been officially recognized by law as preserved areas. Many of these places are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites or are part of the UNESCO program "Man and the Biosphere."

The national parks of Romania and the natural parks are distinct categories of protected areas, differing mainly in their focus and management. National parks are usually larger areas intended to protect entire ecosystems, with an emphasis on biodiversity conservation and the preservation of natural habitats, while Romanian natural parks can be smaller and designed to protect certain natural elements like mountains, valleys, rivers, or lakes, focusing on the conservation of specific landscape features.

Both types of protected areas play a crucial role in environmental preservation and promoting the country’s sustainable ecotourism.

List of National Parks in Romania

The national and natural parks of Romania are protected areas established by regulatory acts such as Law no. 5 of 2000 and government decisions such as no. 2.151 of 2004 and no. 1.143 of 2007. These include the Cefa Natural Park and the Văcărești Accumulation Natural Park. The complete list of national parks in Romania includes the following:

Cheile Nerei-Beușnița National Park

A protected area that captivates with its deep canyons, roaring waterfalls, and crystal-clear rivers. This park is a sanctuary for wildlife, where nature unfolds in all its magnificence, offering visitors unforgettable experiences.

Ceahlău National Park

A mountainous paradise that dazzles with its mighty peaks, green valleys, and tranquil lakes. This park is a popular destination for hiking and climbing enthusiasts, who find its trails a rewarding challenge and breathtaking panoramic views.

Retezat National Park

A natural reserve that dazzles with its rugged peaks, crystal-clear lakes, and alpine meadows. This park is a sanctuary for the endemic flora and fauna of the Carpathians, where biological diversity is displayed in all its splendor.

Călimani National Park

A vast mountainous territory offering a picturesque landscape of pastures, forests, and rock formations. This park is a tranquil refuge for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life and connect with nature in its most pristine state.

Semenic-Cheile Carașului National Park

With its deep canyons, majestic waterfalls, and lush forests, this park is a paradise for ecotourism and outdoor activities lovers, offering a unique experience amid the natural beauty of the western Carpathians.

Domogled-Valea Cernii National Park

A biodiversity haven in Romania, where dense forests intertwine with spectacular canyons and waterfalls. This park is a sanctuary for a variety of plant and animal species, providing a protected natural habitat in the southern Carpathians.

Cheile Bicazului-Hășmaș National Park

A landscape of great beauty, where impressive rock formations rise above meandering rivers and lush forests. This park is a popular destination for rock climbing and hiking, offering panoramic views that delight the senses and exciting challenges for adventurers.

Rodna National Park

An alpine paradise that captivates with its towering peaks, alpine meadows, and crystal-clear mountain lakes. This park is a natural haven in the Eastern Carpathians, where tranquility and scenic beauty combine to offer an unforgettable experience in nature.

Munții Măcinului National Park

A landscape of rolling hills, unique rock formations, and a rich diversity of flora and fauna. This national park is a peaceful refuge in the Dobrogea region, where ancient mountainous reliefs provide an impressive backdrop for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts.

Defileul Jiului National Park

An impressive gorge carved by the Jiu River, where mighty rock walls rise on both sides. This park is a constantly changing natural spectacle, where the force of water has sculpted a landscape of great beauty and drama over millions of years.

Buila-Vânturarița National Park

The Căpățânii Mountains, where alpine peaks combine with serene valleys and lush forests. This park is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers, who find in its trails a variety of landscapes and panoramic views that inspire awe and admiration.

Map with the Geographical Location of Romanian National Parks