The Wine Valley (Valea Vinului) Trail

Marking: blue strip.

Length: 12 km.

The route: Cerna – Cerna Valley – Poteca Ţigăncii (the Gypsy Woman’s Footpath) – Vergu Peak – Cardon Ridge – Hamcearca.

Camping site: Poteca Ţigăncii (the Gypsy Woman’s Footpath).

This trail has smooth slopes passing through many meadows where the geological foundation outcrops. These meadows offer a broad panorama over the Hamcearca Depression, Cerna Valley and over the southern heights of the Măcin Mountains. Meadows with pastures and rocky areas alternate with vast portions of shadowy forests and glades. On this trail, depending on the slopes and openings, one can see the Moesian-Western Black Sea forests of oak, hornbeam and silver lime tree with steppe habitat, where the oak is associated with downy oak, lime, flowering ash, and glades of downy oak, flowering ash, horn tree, silver pear tree and steppe meadows with crests.

The most important species one can find on this trail are: plants – golden crocus (Crocus chrysanthuss), Pulsatilla balcana, yarrows (Achillea ocroleuca); protected insect species such as Saga pedo, Parnasius mnemosyne, Apatura metis; reptiles: European Snake-eyed skink (Ablepharus kitaibelii), Balkan Wall Lizard (Podarcis taurica), species of birds protected internationally – European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), Stock Dove (Columba oenas), Common Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus); mammals: red deer (Cervus elaphus), wolf (Canis lupus).