Valea Lungă – Blaj, Via Transilvanica

Terra Dacica – Day 2



We start the second day from Terra Dacica on Via Transilvanica from Valea Lungă (AB) where we arrived after the experience described here


About the route Valea Lungă – Blaj

It is an easy route, but longer than the previous one. It is the second stage in the segment called Terra Dacica. For those who have resistance to endurance laps, it can even be coupled with the previous one. Unfortunately, the attached film does not show images from the entire route because I had a good part of the day with my phone blocked.

Route Map

(click on objectives for extended version)

Technical Box

Distance / duration: 19 km / 6 hours

Difficulty: easy

Difference in level: 625 m

Minimum altitude: 254 m at Blaj

Maximum altitude: 514 m between Glogoveț and Blaj

Observations: possibly partly muddy if it rains, and the last few kilometers are a lot of walking on open ground, which causes discomfort on hot days

1. Valea Lungă – Glogoveț

We say “goodbye!” from the hosts of Agropensiunia Ioana, where we spent the night and follow the VT sign on Lungă street to the left, cross the bridge and leave the Cultural Home on the left to immediately intersect DJ142K. To the left are the Heroes’ Monument and the Roman Catholic church, but we go to the right, pass the 2 shops, pass the reformed church (1780), the fortified church (1427) and the Greek Catholic church (1893). Before the Orthodox church (1946) we continue to the left on Lucian Blaga street and then to the right we leave the village of Valea Lungă and climb some difference in level from the beginning. We then walk quite a bit through the forest, on the curve, at one point we change the direction much to the left and at the exit of the forest we meet a large wooden cross. The “Legend of the giants from Tuțumanul Glogovețului” is exhibited on it. Good place to stop on the bank near the cross from where we have a superb perspective on the village of Glogoveț, the valley of Târnavei Mari and in the distance the crest of the Făgăraş and Cindrel Mountains, but also the Apuseni Mountains. We begin the steep descent towards the village of Glogoveț. In the village we enter Lungă street which we follow to the right. We continue forward on Florilor street and then we turn far to the left at the VT sign to exit the village of Glogoveț.

2. Glogoveț – Blaj

In the village we can fill the water reserves. We’re going up. We pass through a forest again, then follow its border. In the direction of our advance, slightly to the left and in the valley, we identify Galoș Lake, towards which we will begin the descent through grain fields and agricultural lands, on open ground, in the heat of the sun. It’s a few kilometers through the sun until we see the antennas above the city of Blaj. We zigzag the direction a thousand times following the well-placed VT indicators. Next to the antennas is Avram Iancu’s Cross, which watches over the city of Blaj. The view over the city is superb. We see Freedom Plain from above. This is where the asphalt starts. We descend to Teiul lui Eminescu, who when he visited Blaju, being impressed by its location, named it “Little Rome”. On Stejarului street we go down to Simion Bărnutiu street, alias DJ107. We cross the bridge over the railway and arrive at the roundabout where the Lupa Capitolina statue is located. Still ahead on Astra street, we arrive at Piața 1848, where the Greek-Catholic Theological Seminary is located, where we will stay.

Freedom Square seen from Avram Iancu's Cross

me at Blaj

Eminescu's lime tree

VT milestone

Panorama of the city of Blaj

3. Blaj

We take a walk in the city of Blaj before serving dinner. We walk through the alleys of Câmpia Libertății, located on Tudor Vladimirescu street no. 80. You can easily reach here from the intersection where the Lupa Capitolina statue is by following both the VT signs and the one dedicated to the desired objective. We are impressed by the huge tricolor waving in the middle of the field, the monument and the statues of the personalities that frame it. If you want to travel back in time, you will feel the thrill of the historical moment that unfolded here. On May 15, 1848, the Blaj Assembly was held on this plateau, with the participation of 30,000-40,000 people, in the wake of the Revolution of 1848. The proclamation adopted here demanded of Emperor Ferdinand I of Austria the abolition of serfdom, the freedom of the press and the establishment of educational institutions in Romanian. The history of the Romanians was actually written here.

Then we headed to the Avram Iancu Park passing through the 1848 Square again. In the park there is a 600-year-old oak tree, called Avram Iancu’s oak, and in the center of the park is the Avram Iancu monument. Blaj looks good; in a separate article I will present a tourist guide to the city.

Câmpia Libertății (Freedom Square)

the Freedom Square monument

"We want to unite with the country"

personalities of the revolution of 1848

the Romanian tricolor from Câmpia Libertății

the Lupa Capitolina statue


The second day of Terra Dacica on Via Transilvanica was ok. I went with the motivation to reach Blaj, a historical place of the Romanians. On the descent segment to Lacul lui Galoș and further up to above the town of Blaj, the hike through the sun was oppressive.

All the best!