Retezat National Park
A place of unexpected treasures
Situated in the Southern Carpathians, in the district of Hunedoara, Retezat National Park has an area of 54400 ha and an altitude between 800 and 2509 m. Retezat National Park was chosen by New 7 Wonders Foundation as a great challenge for becoming one of the seventh natural wonders of the world.
The park has the status of protected natural area by a national and international interest and in 1979 it was recognized as a Reservation of the Biosphere. Any form of exploitation such as grazing, hunting, fishing, fruit picking, tourism camping, is forbidden. The access is allowed only with the permission of the “Council of the Monuments of Nature”. The second area is less restrictive, as grazing is allowed two months per year.
The flora and the fauna are diverse. A third of the total species of plants in Romania can be found in Retezat. The 1200 species of plants make this area interesting for botanists, too. Their interest for Retezat has manifested for the first time in the second half of the 18th century.