A walk among the idyllic villages Pestera and Magura on the foothills of Piatra Craiului.
DAY 1 (3/5): Zarnesti – Pestera
We took a train from Brasov to Zarnesti, then walked from there. We passed the Cabana Gura Rauliu mountain hut, which was closed, and the Fantana Lui Botrog spring.
A break in the valley before ascending up to the villages.
Romantic farms on the meadows above the wild forests.
Finn running up the hill
Finn the shepherd
The house we stayed in is the one marked with a red circle.
The still snow-covered mountain Bucegi (about 2500 meters high) in the background.
We did a short excursion to the Prapastile Zarnestilor gorge.
From the garden of the house we stayed in, we could see a black spot moving on the rocks on the opposite side of the valley…
About 15 minutes later we saw four dots moving on another rock…
Four bears! A mother and three cubs.
DAY 2 (4/5): Pestera – Magura
A nice breakfast buffé.
A chamois hanging out on the rocks.
We started the day by a short walk around the Pestera village.
Finn investigating a dead mole.
Next, we did another excursion towards a high hill that looked like it would have a nice view. It didn’t disappoint!
View towards Bucegi from the top of the hill.
View towards Piatra Craiului
Another view of Piatra Craiului.
Yet another view of Piatra Craiului…
I love the way the house is situated in the middle of the meadow, without any road leading up to it!
Heading towards Magura village, looking back towards Pestera.
Magura church and Bucegi in the background.
This family walked up a small, steep path. They were probably heading for their house, though we couldn’t see it so it must have been far up. A boy came riding on this horse to help them out by carrying their bags.
This metal shed was actually a very cool café/bar
We ordered coffee and plum brandy.
Follow the fence uo behind the shed, and you will reach the customer toilet by the tree
Me and Simon.
Finn and Simon playing in the sand box (actually just a pile of sand by a construction site )
Typical Romanian house in Magura.
Last climb before we reach our accommodation.
Our accommodation. This hotel was really luxurious, but felt a bit boring compared to the charming family-run guest houses that we usually stayed in during the trip.
Having fun in the hotel restaurant.
DAY 3 (5/5): Magura – Moeciu – Bran
We had planned to walk directly to Bran, but rain and a supposedly steep and slippery trail to Bran made us change the route. Instead, we walked a small road down to Moeciu, and from there we took a bus to Bran.
The Magura Branului ridge.
Wunderbaum heaven in the bus
The “Dracula’s castle” in Bran.