Prahova Valley

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Prahova Valley, as seen from the Caraiman Mountain
Prahova Valley, in an aquarelle by Amedeo Preziosi

Prahova Valley (Romanian: Valea Prahovei) is the valley where the Prahova river makes its way between the Bucegi and the Baiu Mountains, in the Carpathian Mountains, Romania. It is a tourist region, situated about 100 km north of the capital city of Bucharest.


Geographically, the Prahova river separates the Eastern Carpathians chain from the Southern Carpathians. Historically, the corridor was the most important passageway between the principalities of Wallachia and Transylvania. The present DN1 road, linking Bucharest with the city of Braşov and the future A3 will be built along the Prahova Valley.

After failing to take part in the hosting of the 2013 European Youth festival, Prahova Valley is considering making a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.[citation needed]

The region is a popular destination for mountaineers and for winter sports fans. The most important resorts are:

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Coordinates: 44°42′55″N 26°28′14″E / 44.71528°N 26.47056°E / 44.71528; 26.47056