Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

A mountain escapade is always a good idea for a winter weekend in Transylvania! You can’t actually go wrong with the deadly combination of snow, mountains, a pair of skis and some mulled wine, right? But since there are so many ski slopes in Romania nowadays, I decided to share with you one of our favorite winter destinations, the Harghita Madaras. We love it since it’s  reasonably-priced, very close to home and has plenty to offer. Check out what you can do during a winter weekend at Harghita Madaras:

 

SKI & SNOWBOARD

If you’re into winter sports, chances are you’ll feel right at home at the Harghita Madaras. The resort offers 5 slopes differing in difficulty with nearly 5 kilometers in length. Novices and experts alike will definitely find something challenging and fun for them. The slopes are meticulously-maintained, but make sure you check the weather forecast before you start packing.

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

 

GO SLEDDING

Not a fan of skis? No problem! There are numerous places were you can go sledding in the area. There’s also a designated lane made especially for sledders, so knock yourself out! This time we choose sledding instead of skiing and actually had a blast.

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

 

WARM YOURSELF UP WITH SOME MULLED WINE

Once you’re done with the snowy funtime, unwind in one of the houses or on a terrace with a cup of hot mulled wine. Most guesthouses have their own restaurant so you can have a traditional Transylvanian meal on the mountaintop. The prices are more than affordable and the food is excellent.

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

 

TAKE A HIKE

Once you’re done eating something traditional you might want to go for a short walk. There are plenty of hiking trails in the Harghita Mountains, of which two are fairly easy to get to even in the wintertime. In about 40 minutes you can get to the peak of the Harghita Mountains. Halfway upwards you’ll encounter a sign towards the right, showcasing the road towards a waterfall. From there it will take you about 1,5-2 hours to get to the falls and back. This time we only climbed to the top to admire the view, but I can only imagine how cool the waterfall must be half-frozen. I’ve written in-depth about our hiking experience to the  Szökő waterfall a few summers ago. If you’re interested in more details, check out my post The Saint Mountain of the Szeklers.

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

 

ENJOY THE VIEW

Even if you didn’t make it to the top of the mountain, only made it halfway or didn’t even begin to hike, one thing is for sure – the views are phenomenal! So sit back on the terrace and just breathe in the winter wonderland!

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

Hope I managed to give you a little push to get out and explore a place this winter. Even if you won’t choose the Harghita Madaras, getting outdoors in this weather will give you a whole new perspective! So pack your bags for the weekend, throw a dart among the mountains and get going!

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Winter Weekend at Harghita Madaras

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