Introduction: the Plopiș Mountains
The area is also known as the Rez or Șes Mountains, and the highest altitude is reached by Măgura Peak at 918 m. The more gentle slopes descending off peaks in between Sălaj and Bihor counties are popular with cyclists. The more experimented ones venture here for endurance tours on the recently modernised national road 1H.
The Șoim’s (Falcon’s) Stone Fortress in the village of Pestiș, also knows as the Șinteu Fortress is situated atop steep rocks, in the forest of Plopiș Mountains. The Fortress is 5 km from Aleșd city and its existance has been documented since the year of 1306. Not far, the visitor can find the St. Dumitru church of Tinăud, a heritage building opened by Prince Constantin Șerban Cantacuzino and built in 1659. According to the records, this is the first stone church with Romanian architecture ever to be built in Bihor county. On the Western slopes of Plopiș Mountains is
the Black Forest, an area which hosts the Voivozi Monastery, a waterall and a mineral water spring that attract the tourists. Those passionate about photography are attracted by the colourful sight of mountain flora, with many different species of grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees. Not least, due to the colours which cover the Șes Mountain in autumn, some call it the Cooper Mountain of Bihor County.