Introduction

Mountain-backed meadows and an impressive monastery have turned placid Sâmbăta into a surprise tourist hit. The region rolls south from the E68 highway between Sibiu and Făgăraş town; the turn-off is at Sâmbăta de Jos. Thereafter, a gloriously scenic drive bypasses acres of cornfields, with the Făgăraş Mountains beckoning behind them. First you'll reach Sâmbăta de Sus village (6km); another 7km south is the touristic complex, where stately Brâncoveanu Monastery (one of Romania's wealthiest) stands peacefully amid pensiunes and cafes.