Magura – My favourite village

Another Magura fan!

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Magura, my favourite village in Romania. As you may already have noticed, I’m a huge mountain lover. And Magura is surrounded by mountains. To the east, the Bucegi Mountains. To the west, the Piatra Craiului Mountains. And the village is not low in the valley as you might expect, rather sprawled on top of rolling hills with a stunning view in every direction.

For those who just want to enjoy the scenery and traditional, home-cooked food, there are many pensions to relax at. For those who are more active, head to the Zarnesti Gorge (Cheile Zarnesti) just below the village to see the place where parts of the movie Cold Mountain were filmed, or to find some great outdoor rock climbing spots. Or you can go up into Piatra Craiului Mountains – for moderate hikes or for the most challenging hiking one can do in Romania, climbing to the top…

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About Arabella McIntyre-Brown

I'm a writer from West Sussex is southern England, but after 30 years of urban life in London and Liverpool, I now live in a remote village 1,000 metres up in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. My first book in Romania was published in November 2016: "Din Liverpool in Carpati: cum mi-am gasit fericirea în inima Transilvaniei". The English version, 'A stake in Transylvania' is out soon. I've also written (so far) four bilingual (En/Ro) children's books.

3 thoughts on “Magura – My favourite village

  1. Hi Arabella,
    We visited Transylvania this year and one of the things we noticed was how out of place some of the newly built houses and hotels looked in some villages. It seemed to us that these days they were built without any respect for the tradition native to that place. Some looked like copies of something that might be found in Austria or even France not Transylvania.

    I remember watching a short interview by an American or possibly British architect who was very fond of Transylvanian architecture and spent some time there researching and trying to revive interest in it. I cannot find that video or his name anymore. Do you know the name of the guy? I remember he referred to traditional Transylvanian architecture as “almost Japanese in its simplicity and minimalism”.


    • Thanks for your comment… Yes, I agree – it’s really sad that the traditional style of architecture is dying. My neighbour, actually, is a passionate conservationist and has remodelled her family’s house in traditional style, while making it warm and comfortable inside, with traditional furniture and decoration and 21st century technology for warmth and durability. Brilliant – what everyone could do. But there is a political element to the changes – people were told how to live and behave for so long that once the revolution came and they were free, they stuck two fingers up to the old ways and did as they pleased. Entirely understandable – but let’s hope that the pendulum swings back to honour tradition while using the best that modern materials and technology can offer to make life easier and more comfortable in these wonderful villages.
      (I’ll try to find out the name of the architect – I’ve seen articles about him but don’t know the name offhand.)


      • Thank you very much. I tried to search too but could not find his name.

        I understand the sticking two fingers part and people wanting to do as they please. I just struggle to see how those buildings in that landscape could please anyone. I thought the rebellion against Caushescu’s communist architecture would be some revival of the traditional architecture.

        Your neighbour’s house sounds great. We hoped to see more of that there.


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