Short description: The Bigăr Waterfall, a monument of nature, is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world, which impresses with its shape. The waterfall is formed by a spring of underground water that flows on a calcareous wall, in the shape of a cone, about 7-8 meters high, completely covered with moss.
The mountain Banat offers the tourist dream places, an impressive spectacle of nature, that’s why choosing a trip to this area is perfect. The Bigăr waterfall is located on the Nerei Gorge in the Anina mountains, Caraş Severin county.
In an international top of online tourism publications made in 2013 with the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, the Bigăr waterfall is on the first place for uniqueness, the water fall being unusual. The natural, wild beauty takes your breath away. The water that pours like a veil over the rounded rocks springs from underground and flows into the Miniş river, the source being a few hundred meters above the waterfall.
The spring is clear, but rich in limestone, the Bigăr waterfall being a limestone tufa covered with moss with a water fall of approximately 7 meters high. The entire area includes a wide variety of landforms, plants and rare animal species, such as the horned viper and the stone blackbird. The natural area is located in the Cheile Nera Beusniţa National Park. A park of almost 37 hectares.
Journalists from the Huffington Post also wrote about the beauty of the waterfall, declaring that it is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world.
The unusual landscape is created by an underground spring flowing over a moss-covered rock. The waterfall is part of the Cheile-Beușnița National Park, and since 2000 it has been declared a protected area.
it is formed by the Bigăr spring, a strong underground spring with intermittent activity. At a short distance from the spring, the water rich in limestone flows into the Miniș river, from a rock forming a limestone tuff waterfall.
The legend of the Bigăr waterfall
Legend has it that there was once a family of peasants from Valea Almajului. Unfortunately, the two could not have children, so they went to the witch for advice or a cure. The witch told the woman that she would help her, but not now, but at night when she would appear in her dream.
During the night, when the woman was asleep, the witch appeared to her in a dream and told the woman that if she drank water from the spring between the two worlds, under the rock, she would have a child.
But, the witch warned them, in case they have a daughter, not to let her fall in love, because love will bring her death. Unfortunately, the woman gave birth to a girl, who as she grew older fell in love with a boy named Bigăr. To keep her away from the curse, the girl’s father locked her in a cave on a mountain.
As time passed, the girl suffered more and more. The witch, overcome by the girl’s pain, appeared in the cave, telling the girl that she would turn her hair into a waterfall, and all her tears would flow there. The young Bigăr threw himself into the water, and the young woman died with him. The two met again on the other world, where they could fulfill their love story.
The legend also says that those in love who want to have eternal love should drink water from the Bigăr waterfall.