Rediscover Vadul-Rascov and Socola
Vadul-Rascov is a particularly beautiful place. For centuries it was a frontier town, also here was the famous Fair for the entire region, while in old times there was the famous Silk Road crossing this territory. Before the Dubasari Hydroelectric Power Station was made operational, the villagers used to cross the Dniester River without getting off the horse. When you arrive in Vadul-Rascov, leave some money in the village, as Rascov means pocket money in Dacian language. In Vadul-Rascov locality there is also Socola village. In the upper terrace of the high river bank, behind the village of Socola, the largest, most enigmatic and yet hardly discovered cave complex in this part of Europe. The researchers say that the caves are of karst origin, being then transformed by the man-dug mine into a secret refuges and places of worship. Stretching the four-level complex, along more than seven kilometers of the riverbank, offers an incredible panorama of the gigantic cave complex.
Born in Vadul-Rascov was the Moldovan poet Dumitru Matcovschi while in the village there a house-museum dedicated to him.
Warning: A part of the route is located in Transnistria – a self-proclaimed separatist region, so don’t forget to take your passport to cross the “border”.
Tourist attractions of the route
Tourist guest house La Nistru
Hanganu's Inn on the Nistru River - (1 hour 40 minutes, 105 km)
- Distance from Chisinau: 160 km
- Visiting hours: Monday – Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Type: Monastery for nuns