Breaza is ideal for a quiet stopover en route towards Sinaia and Brasov

The small town of BREAZA, just a few kilometres north of Câmpina on a loop road off the DN1, is ideal for a quiet stopover en route towards Sinaia and Brasov. There are some excellent examples of the local architectural style – many houses have carved wooden verandas – but Breaza’s one real sight is the small Orthodox Church of Sf Nicolae, just south of the centre of town. Finished in 1777, the church’s interior is totally covered in paintings; of special note is that of the Last Judgement in the porch.

ac De Verde Club House

Arriving by train entails a two-kilometre walk (500m of which is a steep climb) on Str. Capriou into town; maxitaxis to Bucharest (every 2hr) leave from the park in the centre of town, and there are others to Sinaia and Câmpina (every 10–15min respectively). The best of the several pensions in town is Casa Ionus at Str. Morii 7 (Tel 0788/780 453; 4), which has a handful of funkily designed en-suite rooms. To find it, walk north of the park for 400m to the Terasa Rustick (which offers Internet access) at Str. Republicii 102, turn right on Str. Morii, then left down the driveway after 200m. Pensiunea Speranta, to the north of town at Str. Talii 46 (Tel 0744/586 707,;) offers youth hostel discounts, but only for a minimum two-night stay. There are also double rooms, suites and apartments at the Lac de Verde golf club (Tel 0244/343 525, www, 1.5km west of town at Str. Caraiman 57 (it’s signposted). The short but very scenic nine-hole course (€20 for nine holes, €30 for eighteen holes) is one of the few in Romania.

For food, there’s a mini supermarket, the Eldiv Pizzeria, at the junction to Lac de Verde and Adunati at the south end of the park, and a couple more pizzerias just south of the centre. Continuing northwards from Breaza, trains and maxitaxis take you to Sinaia and Busteni in the magnificent Prahova valley  and on into Transylvania.