The Ecotouristic Route “Cioaca Cremenească – Rudina” – Asociaţia Pro-Mehedinţi

Acces is on the national road DN 57, 6 km from Dubova to Svinita, the touristic route departing from an old forest road that climbs Cioaca Cremeneasca, upstream Plaviseviţa valley.

The rout length is about 8,2 km, the average time is about 4 hours.

It is a touristic route with an average degreed of difficulty, requiring special physical training, it is still a long way compared to the distance and travel time of it.

It is marked with a red triangle with white edge; the marks are on the trees and rocks in the proximity of the trail, visible at a distance between 50 and 100 meters on their cross sections through the forest or the surrounding areas.

The route Cioaca Cremeneasca-Rudina is half connected with Liubotina-Rudina Valley ecotourism route. Rudina is the common poit of the two ecotouristics route being an excellent belvedere point of the Romanian and Serbian lands.

On the route “Cioaca Cremeneasca-Rudina”, there are preserved the bicellular houses, an old type of house specific to the Iron Gates Defile. This type of bicellular house has been preserved in a low number but concerning only the dwellings. The bicellular house has always a room with hearth and opened chimney, a „cuină”, which is the dwelling’s first room from the doorway. This room has no windows; it is aired only through the door and the air currents drawn by the large chimney. It is used to satisfy many undifferentiated needs: store room (the flour chest, cabbage barrel, cheese two-handled tub); the chimney is used to gammon the pork which is often kept in there; room used as a kitchen (the hearth where the food is prepared). In “cuină”, near the hearth, is built the bread baking oven; also here it is placed the „ocna” to the attic (a little door in the ceiling) with stairs beside; in the attic is kept other food (maize, grain, dry vegetables). This room represents a central part of the dwelling. Nearby, with entrance into the “cuină”, is built the habitable room „soba”.

This is one of the routes where the tourist may observe the picturesque landscapes of the Danube Valley and also the favourable or unfavourable changes produced by the anthrop activities. We speak here about the some sterile dump heaps deposited in the middle of the natural picturesqueness by the mining in the Iron Gates Defile. They are sterile oasis to which the ecotourism must meditate on. Is it really an endless battle between human and nature? Or maybe from the human and nature cohabitation, Homo sapiens sapiens brings prejudices to the nature, maybe irremediable. But in all this landscape, here and there influenced by the industrial violence, the quartzite (the so called flint from which maybe the name of the valley comes from), serpentinites of Tisoviţa and Plavişeviţa, old bicellular houses, oak woods with submediteraneene flora, traditional cuisine of the dwellings, Romanian specific hospitality remain elements which prove that the Iron Gates “local” knew from ever to respect the nature with all its gifts.