1. Vidraru Dam is an accumulation lake created in 1965 by Vidraru Dam in  Arges county on the river Arges for power generation, irrigation and flood prevention. Also, the lake and adjacent installations are used for recreation, tourism and sports. Located between the Forehead Mountains and Ghiţu Massive, the lake gathers the waters from Capra and  Buda rivers and of several direct tributaries (Lady's River , Cernat and Vâlsan, Topolog, Stan's Valley River and Limpedea River), with a total flow of about 5.5 m3 / s . The total area of the lake is 893 ha, length of 10.3 km, maximum width of 2.2 km in the Wolf Valley - The Nun, and a circumference of 28 km. Maximum water depth is 155 m near the curved dam of 166 m high, with a crest length of 307 meters. The volume of the water is 465 million m³. The normal retention level is 830.00 meters above sea level (ASL).

 

The Vidraru Dam's construction lasted five and a half years starting in 1960. For this achievement were required 42 km of underground tunnel, were excavated 1.768 million m3 of rock, of which about 1 million underground, 930,000 m3 of concrete were poured from which 400,000 m3 were poured underground and also were installed 6300 tons of electromechanical equipment. On completion date it was measured in height as approximately the 8th in Europe and ranks 20th in the world. On The dam can be practiced the extreme sport of bungee jumping. In an average hydrological year, Vidraru hydropower located underground can produce electricity for about 400 GWh. It has an installed capacity of 220 MW. From the Curtea de Arges town to DN1, the road passing in front of Vidraru hydropower, on the dam, followed in the right by Vidraru lake is the spectacular Transfăgărăşan (DN7C).

 


 

 

2. Capra Waterfall, or Iezer's 

Waterfall is located on the southern slope of the Fagaras mountains at an altitude of 1,690 m in the  Arges county. There are 5 km from here to the Balea Lake. The waterfall's water comes from Capra Lake, located at 2241 m. Because of the high water flow the waterfall does not freeze, except for very, very cold winters.      

 

      

 

 

3. At 11 km distance from Vila Bâlea puteţi admira Bâlea Lake.

 

This is a glacier lake (formed in a glacier cirque), located at an altitude of 2,040 meters in the Fagaras Mountains, Sibiu County. The dimensions of the lake: 360 m in length, surface of 46,508 m2 and depth of 11.35 m. In 1932 Balea Lake and an area of about 180 ha around the lake were declared scientific reservation. Balea Lake is located about 77 km from Sibiu town, 68 km from Fagaras  town and 85 km from Curtea de Arges. During the summer (formed in a glacier cirque), located at an altitude of 2,040 meters in the Fagaras Mountains, Sibiu County. The dimensions of the lake: 360 m in length, surface of 46,508 m2 and depth of 11.35 m. In 1932 Balea Lake and an area of about 180 ha around the lake were declared scientific reservation. Balea Lake is located about 77 km from the towns of Sibiu, Fagaras 68 km and 85 km from Curtea de Arges. In summer you can reach by car on the road Transfăgărăşan, and otherwise by cable car from chalet Balea Waterfall near Balea waterfall. In Fagaras Mountains there are also other lakes like Capra, th eSmall Podragu, the Great Podragu, Avrig, Urlea and others more.
 

 

4. At 3,5 - 4 hours of walking from Vila Balea you can enjoy the beauty of Podragu LakeThis is a glacial lake located in the Fagaras Mountains on  Podragu valley, in a glacier cirque located between the edges of Podragu (west) and Tărâţei (east), separated by Podragu Saddle. The lake is at an altitude of 2,140 meters and covers an area of 31,129 m2 and the volume of water it can hold  may reach 190,000 m3. The depth reaches 16.4 m. The lake was formed in the cauldron of a glacier, through the accumulation of water from rain and snow. Besides rainfall it is also powered by a principal southern river. Draining excess water is made through the north-west side through an emissary that feeds Small Podragu Lake  and has a flow rate of 150 l / s. You can find trout in this lake

Transfagarasan pictures - Vila Balea

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