The sights in Iași
The actual starting point of the bike tour is not directly in the center of Iași, but a little outside on the Aleea Mihail Sadoveanu. From here you cycle through the first foothills of the city and quickly reach the actual city centre. Here you already get a good overview over the city and pass some monasteries and church buildings on this first stage, with which you already get to know the biggest historical treasure of Iași. The neo-Gothic Palace of Culture is also located right in the city centre, so you should look out for these sights at the beginning of the tour and perhaps take a break or two.
From the city to the mountain
After this little sightseeing tour through Iași you will leave the centre again in the direction of Valea Adâncă, keeping partly parallel to the railway tracks. You drive on in the direction of Grajduri, but you don't get all the way into the village, because before you turn left and cross the mentioned railway tracks. Up to this point the bike tour is relatively flat and accordingly relaxed. Since you are now at the foot of the Schitului mountain, however, the stretch now becomes correspondingly steeper. Follow the narrow path further up the slope until you reach the top of the ridge. At this point you can now also take the next break, because you don't do a lot of vertical meters here, but you can overlook the surroundings very well.
After this beautiful view you drive relaxed down on the other side of the mountain, cross the railway tracks again below and finish this little round trip on the track by reaching the already known turnoff again. From here the way goes in the opposite direction back to Iași. Here you can continue to admire the cultural treasures of the city or simply relax in one of the restaurants or cafés. Via the well known Aleea Mihail Sadoveanu you drive back to the original starting point.
Where to eat
At the beginning and at the end of your tour you can go to Iași and find here also sufficient possibilities for accommodation. On the rest of the route you will drive through smaller and larger villages, so that there should sometimes be opportunities to rest here as well.
- You're traveling a distance of 39 miles on this moderate trail. This makes it a relatively long bike trail. The average length of all bike Trails in Romania is 45 miles.
- There are places to buy beverages and food along the track. However it’s always recommended to bring enough water and food along with you.
Highlights of the tour
Clear highlight of this bike tour is the cultural offer in Iași. In addition to the numerous monasteries, synagogues and cathedrals in the surrounding area, the so-called Palace of Culture is definitely worth a visit. It not only impresses with its pompous appearance, but also offers you a varied program inside. There are four museums, a library and one of Romania's most extensive art collections. If you are not so interested in the architectural features of the city, you can also relax in the Botanic Garden. It covers a total area of 100 hectares and is even one of the largest in Europe.
Besides these cultural-historical highlights, however, the bike tour offers a lot of variety, so that landscape highlights in the midst of nature are not neglected either. So the picturesque Ciurbești lake is on your route, which you should also dedicate a longer stopover to. In addition, the rest of the route mostly leads through green natural landscapes, so you get a nice contrast here.
If you don't want to cover the complete 63 km, you also have the option to skip the circuit over the Schitului mountain and instead go back to the opposite direction to Iași.
With the DN28B you leave Botoșani in southern direction and then change to the DJ282B. Continue via Ţigănaşi and turn right at DN24C, following the main road to Iași.
You first follow the DN15D until you can easily turn right towards Grajduri. How to reach DJ248, which takes you directly to Iași.
You drive first along the DN28 and reach so over Târgu Frumos and Lețcani the starting point of your Radtour in Iași.
With public transport
The city is well connected to the railway network, so you should reach the starting point of your bike tour from all major Romanian cities. Within Iași you can travel by tram, which connects the whole city.