Horseriding

As you'll seen soon after your arrival in the country, Romania is a country steeped in horse tradition. For centuries horses have been used to plough, pull logs, cart crops and provide transport. Rarely used for

Romanian Travel & Adventure (www.outdoor guides.go.ro) offers a dizzying array of hiking, trekking and mountain biking trips throughout the country.

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In 2002, cavers found a 35,000 year-old human jawbone while digging around in the Pejtera cu Oase (Cave with Bones) in the southwestern Carpathians that turned out to be the oldest known human fossil in Europe.

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Throughout the Carpathians a network of trails leading to some of th country s most beautiful and remote areas can be explored on horsebacl The best on offer is the Jtefan eel Mare Equestrian Centre (pl63 @ 263-378 471 www.riding-holidays.ro) near Bistrita in the heart of Dracula country in smal village of Lunca Ilvei. Another good bet is Daksa (p151; @ 0740-053 551 www.daksa net) located just outside Cluj-Napoca. Both offer fun excursion which take in small villages and chats with shepherds

Depending on the kind of excursion, prices usually range from €40 t« €100 per person per day, including lodging, equipment and meals.

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