AzugaPrahova County, Romania. It is a mountain resort town in the Prahova Valley, flanked by the Bucegi and Baiului mountain ranges.
Azuga was originally founded and developed as an industrial town (and not a resort town like the other settlements of the Prahova Valley), and it had many plants and factories. After the fall of Communism in 1989, the industry collapsed, and since then Azuga is finding its feet as a winter ski resort. It is an interesting patchwork of abandoned factory buildings, quaint alpine guesthouses, and Communist-style apartment blocks.
You can get to Azuga by train, bus, or car. It is two hours from Bucharest, and less than one hour from Brașov. Note that not every Bucharest-Brașov train stops at Azuga; refer to the timetable.
The town is walkable, but there is also a bus service that runs from the railway station along the city main streets.
There are no major tourist attractions in the town itself.
- Hiking in the mountains. It is the starting point of several easy to medium difficulty hiking paths towards Bucegi and Baiului mountains. You can also go biking in the forests.
- Skiing on Sorica and Cazacu slopes (south of the city; gondola lift is available). There are 7 ski runs, most of them of medium difficulty.