Curecea Cave – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Thematic Route: Caves Route

Name of Touristic Attraction: Curecea Cave ( The Cave from Curecea Hill, The cave from Cornetul Malarișca Hill)

Location: in Mehedinți county. You can reach the cave from Balta Village, on the way that leads to Cireşu Commune, about 3 km, to Lunca Ponorului. Before the road descends Curecea Hill, it intersects the bed of a small creek. In one of the valleys known as the “Crow of Răserecea”, there was the upstream entrance of the cave.

Description: The cave was formed in Curecea Hill, in the place known as “La Morminți”. The cavity is at an altitude of 540 m for the downstream opening and 585 m for the upstream opening. Together with Sfodea Cave and Balta Cave, Curecea Cave is a part of the speleological triptych located in Balta Commune, in the middle of Mehedinţi Plateau. The cave is a poly-floored cave of about 4000 meters and has two openings. The opening of the valley is in the northwest part. The opening begins with a well of 10 m, allowing access to the main gallery of the cave. The main gallery has two branches, one of which is 250 m and is partly active. The walls from which it is formed are of new limestone, uncut. At the opposite pole is the southern branch of the gallery, which has beautiful profiles and has a ceiling from which are hanging massive stalactites. But the most impressive are the montmilch stalactites, up to 1 meter long. These, together with the ceiling sections in a horizontal plane, make up a wonderful landscaping. The middle area of the gallery is crossed by a small stream that comes from a dike at the base of the hillside. In this area, the ceiling is covered with clay or fine elastic material, and in the fossil areas we encounter calcite crust and decalcification clay. In the south part, the main gallery forms a series of elbows and meanders, preserving its morphology on the diaclase and the ceiling in a horizontal plane. Here are many comfortable spaces that are easy to go. At the other end, the gallery has two bifurcations, which meet after about 100 m. One can also go out through the opening from the south, but it is smaller and it is 1100 m from the other entrance. Due to the fact that this entrance is used as an insurgent in the very rainy periods, the active system of the cave is a triple underground confluence. With this complex genesis, Curecea Cave also has a varied morphology, namely: erosion levels, erosion waves (“spoonbills”), silicone xenolites, marmites, corrosive niches, hieroglyphs, pilgrims. To this is added the concretions in the fossil areas, thus obtaining a great wealth of subjects for lovers of underground photos.

Legend / Story / Impressions / Recommendations

The cave was first mentioned by I. Vintilescu in 1941. In 1962, Decu and M. Bleahu explored most of them, and in 1967 they published their map and description. Each exploration made by amateur speleologists increases the known length of this cave by discovering new galleries.

Conditions:

The cave does not have any technical problems, but because it is quite long, several light sources and more carbide and battery reserves are needed to visit it. The duration of the cave visit is about 3-4 hours. Visiting it during rainy periods necessarily requires the use of appropriate equipment (boots, raincoat) and pneumatic boat.

Information and Contact:

The cave is administrated by Mehedintin Geoparc Plateau:

phone/ fax: +4 0372 521 116,

website: http://www.geoparcmehedinti.ro,

e-mail: geoparcmehedinti@gmail.com

Route closed to other thematic routes:

In the area you can also visit:

  • Sfodea Cave
  • Isverna Cave
  • The wooden church of St Voievozi, Isverna
  • The Streams and the Coşuştei Canyon
  • The sulphurous springs of Valea Morii
  • Balta Cave
  • Topolnița Cave

Other useful information

Accomodation:

STEAUA MUNTILOR, pension Isverna commune, tel: +4 0756 322.095

Conacu’ Boierului, pension Ponoarele commmune, tel: +4 0740 057 390

 

GPS coordinates: lat/ long: 44.8745002/ 22.62686039999994, elevație: 513m