Jibou is a small city somewhere in Transylvania. You might even think that there isn’t too much to say about a town of this size. But actually, it hides one of the most beautiful, well organized and maintained Botanical Gardens I have seen so far in Romania.

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Somewhere in the direction of Zalau, in a village called Gâlgău Almaşului there is an unique and one of the most weird natural places named by the locals Grădina Zmeilor Natural Reserve.  Translated in English, it would mean The Dragons’ or Ogres’ Garden. In the Romanian folk mythology a ‘zmeu’ is a fantastic creature, imagined as a giant with supernatural powers, embodying evil.


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