Rivers of Romania
- Location: Take E60 or train from from Cluj or Oradea.
- Starting point: Bratca village, at the bridge over the Crisul Repede river. Or, in low-water conditions - Ungurul Mare cave in Șuncuiuș.
- Lengh and duration: Bratca - Vadu Crişului, 16 km, 3 hours
- Difficulty: easy, WW I / II
The Crişul Repede is a tributary of the Tisa River and one of Romania’s best known rafting rivers. It flows from the Apuseni Mountains and crosses the Huedin valley, before passing through Huedin, Ciucea, Ales and Oradea. It runs through a limestone gorge with huge cliffs, caves and breathtaking landscapes. It’s a relaxing and breathtakingly beautiful route making it popular for recreational groups and for those with children.
The most spectacular and enthralling section of the Crișul Repede Gorge is the 3km section between Șuncuiuș and Vadul Crișului. A trip down this stretch usually starts at the Ungurul Mare cave in the Șuncuiuș commune. If the water level is high, the trip can start further upstream at the Bratca commune. There are three difficult sections between the Ungurul Mare cave and the Șuncuiuș commune.
The river flows through the Pereții Gri (Grey Walls) before entering Vadul Crișului commune where the cliffs can tower up to 80m overhead. Further downstream the water coming out of the Vadul Crișului cave creates an unexpected waterfall.
Camping is available near the Ungurul Mare Cave for 6 RON/tent per night. Those seeking more luxurious accommodations can stay at a guest house for 120 – 150 RON/night.