Calafat - Rast trip

Calafat - Rast
  • 2 days
  • difficulty: Avansati

The route is suitable for advanced people with knowledge and experience in this sport.

It's a kayak tour for those with an average level of camping experience, accustomed to sleeping in tents in sleeping bags for a longer period, and the full compaction of luggage and personal belongings.

The route takes 2 days, starting at Calafat, Dolj County and returning to Rast, Dolj County. It departs from km 797 of the Danube and reaches 743 km of the Danube. We shall cross a total of 64 km, divided by 2 days.

The participants are transported by the organizing team to the starting point in Calafat together with all the equipment and luggage for the whole team.

He leaves from Calafat in the morning to have enough time to stroll and admire the beauty of the landscape and specially to reach an appropriate time at the camping / accommodation point, preferably before the nightfall, in order to install camping camp, tents and make campfire for dinner.

If everything goes according to the plan and the whole group manages to keep up, we shall be able to camp for midnight in the Acalia Island area.

Early in the morning, we head to the Vál Ostrov near Rast, which shall be the end of the route. Here we shall be waiting for the ground team to accompany us at all times.

Touristic objectives in area

The Botanical Garden of Craiova

The "Al. Buia" Botanical Garden, under the leadership of the University of Craiova, was founded at the initiative and under the guidance of Prof. PhD. Alexandru Buia in 1952, is a scientific, didactic and educational institution.

The garden extends over an area of approximately 12.8 hectares. The Botanical Garden is organized in the following sectors: Systematic, Floristic Provinces of the Globe, Cultivated Plants, Nursery, Rosarium, Greenhouses, Floristic Provinces of Romania, Ornamental Plants.

The decorative sector is simple, starting from the entrance of the visitors from Iancu Jianu Street, and contains 145 taxonomies.

The Floristic Provinces of Romania, with 120 species, are located in the north, northeast and east of the Botanical Garden. In order to create the conditions closest to the ecological requirements of the species from different phytogeographical regions of Romania, micro and macro reliefs with heights ranging from 1.5 m to 30 m have been arranged to complement the glare of lake water through large accumulations of earth.

The systematic plant sector is located in the central part of the Botanical Garden. It also includes the lake that hosts, besides aquatic plants, different bird species. It is organized according to the theoretical classification system of the whole vegetal kingdom elaborated by Al. Borza in 1925, and the plants are classified according to scientific criteria, showing the transition from lower to higher (evolution) and the decline of some categories from others (phylogeny).

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Great Martyr Dimitrie, Craiova

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Great Martyr Dimitrie, the oldest of Craiova, with unknown origins, has been the “center of gravity” of the city's life for centuries, especially because it is located near the houses of the Oltenia Houses of the “Ban” (vice-king).

The oldest church in the city, the cathedral dedicated to St. Dimitrie, has been the foundation of the city since its inception. Therefore, we are fully justified in claiming that the city did not lead to building the cathedral, but the cathedral was the foundation of the city; this famous church has gathered pilgrims from all over the world each autumn.

The cathedral, also called Baneasa or the Princely Church, was built in Byzantine style.

The Musical Fountain in Craiova

Craiova is a city where people love nature and beautiful wells. As they say, "Craiova is the city of musical fountains". And it is true!

If you enjoy a relaxing walk in the center of the city in the evening, you will find a stunning fountain ready to delight you, tourists or rivers, with music, colors and water movements that blend together very well.

The Musical Fountain in Craiova, opened on June 3, 2007, is a unique construction in Romania, with a cost of about 10 million Euros. This fountain was inspired by the one in Barcelona and was built with complex materials brought to Craiova from many countries including China.

Starting 8 July 2009, Craiova boasts a beautiful music fountain in the "Craiovita Noua" neighborhood (northwestern part of town). It has smaller dimensions and has fewer lights than the center of the city, but it offers viewers the same pleasant experience and musical and cheerful nights.

Calafat Heroes Monument

The Monument of the Heroes of Calafat during the First World War was the work of the sculptor Dumitru Mataoanu, inaugurated on November 7, 1923, on the occasion of the distribution of property titles to the veterans of the 1916-1918 Campaign and to the widowers of war.

The monument depicts a soldier from the First World War.

Dumitru Mataoanu was a Romanian sculptor, born in Matau.

The losses suffered by the Romanian army in the First World War were very high: more than 500,000 soldiers.

To commemorate the human losses of World War I, the authorities decided to build the Heroes Monument, inaugurated in 1923.

Jiu River Corridor

The Jiu Corridor's natural protected area is located on the middle and lower flow of the Jiu River, has a length of 129 km and crosses 4 eco-regions - the Getic Plateau, the Gavanu-Burdea Plateau, the Silvo-step of the Romanian Plain and the Danube Plain. The Jiu Valley is one of the main trans-border migratory bird corridors, with 33% of all bird species in Romania being identified in this area.

The natural sites included in the Jiu River corridor are: the Jiu Estuary, where it flows into the Danube, the Dabulni Sands, the Fossil site in Bucovat, the Dranic Fossil site, the Zaval Forest, the Forest House in the Potelu Forest. As recreational activities for tourists, we mention birdwatching, hiking, sport fishing.

Craiova Art Museum

Art lovers should not miss the Art Museum in Craiova, housed in the Dinu Mihail Palace, built in the early 1900s in the neo-classical style of a French architect.

The museum exhibits valuable masterpieces created by famous Romanian painters, including Teodor Aman, born in Craiova (1831 - 1891) and Nicolae Grigorescu (1838-1907). One of the main attractions of the museum is the section devoted to Constantin Brancusi, which includes six of his early sculptures.

Village Museum, Maglavit

Village Museum Maglavit was inaugurated on September 9, 2013 and was made of objects donated by the people of the place. People walked from door to door and gathered objects from the inhabitants of this village. Many of them have been lost over time, but those that are left are still here.

The most important exhibition hall is the one in which Petrache Lupu is presented. Those walking in this small room can be found in a room in the village world, where you can see a carved wooden bed with wool cloths, made in the house. A gas lamp, a dowry box loaded with carpets, towels and pillows, as well as a suitcase made of wool, complete the folkloric interior.

Objects that remind us of Petrache Lupu are few in number and all have been donated by his family.

Museum of Natural Sciences, Craiova

Inaugurated on December 2nd, 1923, with the name of the Museum of Natural Sciences Craiova by members of the Craiova Scientific Circle, led by Marin Demetrescu, a natural science teacher, became a section of the Regional Museum in Oltenia in 1928

Situated in the central part of the city, near the Prefectural Square, the Museum of Natural Science is the perfect place for children to have fun and learn new things at the same time. The building has a three-level exhibition: the first level is the area dedicated to the dinosaurs and ancient creatures that lived in the Oltenia region; on the second floor you will discover a place designed to teach more visitors about flora and fauna from different parts of our country; on the third floor is the Planetarium where each planet is described, and also on the third floor children can watch informative films about our solar system

The Museum of Natural Sciences is also home to the highest artificial cave, and second in length to that of the Antipa Museum in Bucharest.

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