Prahova Podenii Noi District (Romanian: Județul Prahova Podenii Noi) is a district located in the north-center part of Prahova County, Romania. It comprises two smaller towns, Podenii Noi and Zărnești, with a total population of 3,925 inhabitants (as of the 2011 census). The district is known for its beautiful landscapes, stunning views, and a rich history dating back to the nineteenth century. The main industry in the area is agriculture, producing fruits and vegetables, as well as small-scale livestock farming, forestry and mushroom cultivation. The area is also renowned for its beautiful parks and forested areas, as well as for its mineral healing waters and spa resorts. The district is relatively close to Bucharest and other metropolitan areas, making it a popular weekend destination for those seeking a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Prahova Podenii Noi is a village in Prahova County, Romania. It is situated in the historical region of Muntenia. The village is located in the Podenii Noi commune, which also includes five other villages: Alunu, Chirca, Dobreni, Opera and Seciu. The commune lies on the east side of the Prahova Valley, near the city of Ploiesti.
The best way to get to Prahova Podenii Noi district is by car. You can also take a bus or taxi, if available, depending on your location.
1. Băile Predeal – Predeal was first mentioned in a document of 1427 and its settlement has had a turbulent history. The area is surrounded by mountains and forests, making it a very attractive tourist destination. Many ski and hiking trails as well as tourist complexes are located here, as well as a few landmarks, such as the ruins of the Sihastria Monastery, a church from 1518, which was burned down in 1693, restored in 1833, and demolished in 1948.
2. Dealul Tătarului – Located in the middle of the city, this hill is steeped in history. There are still the remains of a Roman fortification, and legends concerning the Battle of Prahova. It was here that the Roman armies fought a fierce battle against the local Dacian inhabitants.
3. Cascada Urlătoarea – This beautiful waterfall is located in the nearby mountain range and is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Its impressive sights have made it a favorite destination for photographers and filmmakers.
4. Cetățuia de la Peștera Muierilor – This castle was originally built by Voivode Mihail Cantacuzino in the 18th century to protect the surrounding area from the raiding Tatars. In 1790, it was rebuilt and became renowned for its rich and elaborate stone and wooden sculptures.
5. Castelul Valcele – Located near the town of Valcele, this castle is one of the oldest in the country, first being built at the beginning of the 14th century. It served as a defensive post for the area and remained one of the most powerful fortresses in the region for over two centuries.
1. Golești Castle
2. Râmeți Monastery
3. Putna Monastery
4. St. Elijah Church in Gănești
5. Galata Monastery
6. Dragoslavele Monastery
7. Putna Cave
8. Sinaia Mountain Resort
9. Memorial House George Enescu
10. Sinaia Monastery
Prahova Podenii Noi district is home to numerous attractions and activities, including adventure sports, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking. Visitors can explore the local mountains and valleys, visit cultural landmarks such as monasteries, churches and palaces, experience traditional village life, and discover the region’s wonderful cuisine. For those looking for relaxation, there are plenty of spas, thermal baths, and resorts to choose from. Other activities include zipLine adventure and bungee jumping. For the outdoor enthusiast, there are plenty of opportunities for skiing and snowboarding in the winter months.