This road goes along the Danube river for 132km (82mi) from Moldova Veche to Drobeta Turnu-Severin. Located right next to the Serbian border, the Danube Defile Road can be done either in Romania or Serbia. There are several small mountains along the road and several tourist attractions such as the fortress of Tricule, most of it flooded, or the Golubac Fortress (Serbia). But by far the most impressive landmark are the Iron Gates, two narrow and tall gorges formed by the river of Danube. Once you have reached the golf of Marconia you’ll be amazed by the massive stone monument of the Dacian king Decebalus.
The Iron Gates
The Iron Gates are situated in the aria between Varciorova locality and Gura Vaii locality (Mehedinti County). It has two hydroelectric dams, with two power stations, Iron Gate I Hydroelectric Power Station and Iron Gate II Hydroelectric Power Station.
The name applies to the region where the Danube River cuts through the Carpathian Mountains forming a spectacular defile. The Danube Defile contains some of the best preserved archeological sites from the southeastern Europe. Many were discovered during the surveys undertaken in 1960 before the construction of the two hydropower stations start. The karstic relief and the interesting vegetation which contains southern elements and many rare species of plants are other attractions which recommend visiting these places.
La Cazane is located at the border between Romania and Serbia, close to Iron Gates. The access to the Danube’s Cazane is through Orsova. By car, you can follow the indicators from Orsova to Moldova Noua, Ieselnita and Dubova and after 25 km you’ll enter the defile. You can also get to the La Cazane by boats that leave frequently from Orsova.
The road that crosses the defile is bordered on one side by the fast waters of the Danube and on the other side by abrupt hills. You can check in at one of many pitoresque pensions placed on the shore of the river and then you can start exploring the Cazane.
La Cazane, you can admire the tallest stone statue in Europe – Decebal’s face, 55 m in height and 25 m in width, sculpted in the rocky shore of the Danube. The sculpture is only 6 meters smaller than the Statue of Liberty and was built in the place where the Danube reaches the depth of 120 m. It took 12 artists 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, to sculpt the statue. Decebal’s face rises in front of Tabula Traiana, a 2000 years old memorial stone marking the victory of the Roman Empire over Dacia in 105.