Sinaia, also known as the "Carpathian Pearl", is a mountainous town located in an amazing alpine scenery on the Prahova Valley, only at 74.5 mi/120 km away from Bucharest. The city used once to be one of the favorite attractions for Romanian aristocracy and evolved into a major holiday destination when King Charles I decided to build there his summer residence, the Palace of Peles.
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Snow Kiting in Cardrona, Queenstown, Otago New Zealand
The town is surrounded by Lake Wakatipu and the awe-inspiring Southern Alps, with spectacular mountains such as the Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Ben Lomond. Queenstown and the surrounding area was the setting for the legendary films Lord of the Rings and X-Men Origins. Despite the mountainous landscape, the climate is considered to be oceanic, with warm summers and temperatures that can reach up to 30°C/86°F, and cold winters with frequent snowfalls.
One of the biggest ski resorts near Queenstown is Cardrona. Situated on the Cardrona Valley Rd, it is at 36 mi/58 km from Queenstown and 21 mi/34 km from Wanaka. The site is open from late June to early October and offers a great variety of facilities. Although you cannot snowkite withing the ski field, there is a huge kiting area towards Queenstown, just outside the resort.
The terrain is mostly flat on the top, while on the southwest side, it offers many opportunities for donwhill and uphill rides. Perfect for snowkiters of all levels!