Girnic is one of the Czech villages of southern Romanian Banat, formerly the border of the Austro - Hungarian Empire. Along with the villages of Sfinta Elena, Ravensca, Eibenthal, Bigar and Sumita, it is the place where 56 Czechs families from Bohemia settled between 1826 and 1828, coming on the Danube as a consequence of the decision made by the empire rulers who wanted to populate their own borders. ost of the people who live here are of Czech origin and they have always practiced clean agriculture in the area, which helped preserve the richness in vegetation and wildlife. Beech forests cover large areas and shelter many species of wild animals. Agriculture is, in fact, the main occupation of the locals, together with livestock, rural tourism and lime manufacturing. The area is rich in limestone, which is why you find countless ovens dug in the ground, where lime is manufactured and then distributed throughout the entire area of the Danube Gorge. The stone roads test the bike suspension and the rider’s technique. his moderately difficult route takes you to the heights of Almaj Mountains, to Ravensca and down to the Danube to Sichevita. The scenery is outstanding along the bare ridge connecting the two villages founded by Czech settlers. Viewpoints offer breathtaking landscapes towards Anina Mountains and the Danube Gorge. Like Girnic, Ravensca, a mountain village sitting atop the hills, was founded by the Austro-Hungarian Empire for the settlers from Bohemia. Today, the few people who live here, the “Pemi” who did not flee to the Czech Republic, deal with rural tourism and agriculture. Here, you can find accommodation that offers a unique experience: traditional houses and traditional food. You are in another kind of Romania, a Czech one.