The Postăvaru Massif nestles between the Cheii Valley, Timişului Valley and Poiana Braşov, and has dozens of trails of varying levels of difficulty to choose from. Leave details of your intended route with your guesthouse, wear layers and bring water.
A two-hour circuit, beginning and ending in Poiana Braşov, begins at Poiana Ursului following blue circles via Poiana Drester before descending to Pârtia Bradul.
From Poiana Braşov you can hike to Cabana Postăvaru (two to 2½ hours, marked with red crosses) for stunning mountain views. From Cabana Postăvaru, you can follow a trail marked with yellow bars to Pietrele lui Solomon (three hours). Or you can hike down to Timişu de Jos from Cabana Postăvaru in four hours: the trail is marked from the cabana with blue stripes, then blue crosses. Instead of following the blue-cross trail where the path diverges, you can continue following the blue-stripe trail, which eventually takes you over the top of Mt Tâmpa to Braşov. This trail (1½ to two hours) follows the old Braşov road. All are medium difficulty.
From Poiana Braşov you can also hike to Râşnov (three hours, yellow crosses, then left on the road to the trail marked with blue stripes) or tackle the more strenuous hike to Predeal (five to seven hours, yellow stripes).
The ski season runs from December to March, sometimes later. It's a small, family-friendly winter sports area best suited to beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders.
Among its 20km of pistes, across a 775m elevation difference, are a few gentle nursery slopes and three red (intermediate) runs, plus a couple of blacks (difficult). They are accessed by two cable-car lifts, plus two chairlifts and five drag lifts. Lift passes start at adult/child 140/80 lei. The main cable car, a 15-minute walk up the road southwest from the bus stop (past Sf Ioan Botezătorul Church), operates all year. Another is next to AnaHotel Sport.
Several hotels can arrange lessons and gear hire. Club Rossignol, across from the main lift, also hires skis or snowboards from 45 lei per day.
Choose from a good range of Alpine-style lodges and midrange to luxe ski hotels, or stay down the road in Braşov town. Room rates vary wildly according to demand: prices rise during high season (December to mid-March) and drop by 25% or more at other times.
Kiosks with quick eats, such as Hungarian cone-cake kürtőskalács, are easy to find during ski season. Hotel restaurants usually have the most reliable food.
Drinking & Nightlife
Poiana Braşov's nightlife is highly seasonal. Merry après-ski unfolds in restaurants and hotel bars during winter. In summer the town is quiet; head 12km downhill to lively Braşov instead.