The ruins of the Dacian complex of fortresses and settlements on Orăștie Mountains represent priceless testimonies of one of the most significant periods of Romania's ancient history. A trip to these places is more than a simple visit to historical remains, it is a real return in time to the origins of the Romanian people.
The Dacian fortifications are situated in the south-west of the historical province of Transylvania, in Hunedoara and Alba counties.
The road to Sarmizegetusa Regia, capital of the Dacian kings, begins in Orăștie, where recently have been installed traffic/road signs to the surrounding fortresses. Sarmizegetusa Regia, the fortress of Blidaru and of Costești-Cetățuie are situated in the commune of Orăștioara de Sus, and the access is possible from Orăştie, on the road 705 A, presently going through a modernisation process. Also in the county of Hunedoara is the Fortress of Piatra Roșie, placed on the top of an isolated hill, between the streams of Valea Roșiei and Valea Stângului. From Călan the road 668 A can be taken to Luncani, from where a local, unpaved road is leading up to the fortress. The archaeological site of Bănița is placed on Dealul Bolii, and the access is made on national road 66 to the foot of the fortress.
The Dacian fortress of Căpâlna is situated on Dealul Cetății of Alba county. The access to the fortress is possible from Sebes following the national road 76 C which crosses, throughout a beautiful landscape, the village of Căpâlna. From here follows a smooth hike, approximately 2 km long, through the forest.
The foreign tourists may chose air transportation, through any one of the airports of Cluj- Napoca, Sibiu, Timișoara, Arad or Târgu-Mureș.
The railway transportation is another trustworthy option for tourists that wish to spend car-free holidays; the rail roads can take them up to the rail stations of Deva, Simeria, Hațeg, Orăștie, Vințu de Jos, Sebeș, Sibiu.