About you

You live in Magura, Pestera or nearby: join in the conversation! Get involved with what’s going on, throw your ideas into the pot and let’s get something going.

You live somewhere else in Romania: come and visit! Discover a unique and beautiful part of this country

You’re Romanian, living abroad: Come back, take the time to visit Magura and see what you’ve been missing.

You’re from somewhere else in the world and looking for somewhere special – for a holiday, for a place to live for a while, for a place to live for ever.

You want somewhere unspoilt, remote from urban stress, a place with stunning views in every direction, with clean air, water from mountain springs, wildflower meadows, amazing wildlife, hundreds of miles of mountain trails and unspoilt wilderness. Friendly, hospitable people who will welcome you and enjoy your company.

If you want bright lights, city excitements, shopping and nightlife, they’re not too far away, so you can have the best of both worlds.

Magura and its neighbouring village Pestera are places to capture your heart and your soul; you may leave the village, but it won’t leave you.

15 thoughts on “About you

  1. I live (at least in the summer months) in a neighbouring village – Sirnea – and would be happy to join in the conversation. I blog at Balkan and Carpathian Musings (see link below) and did an E-book on Romania last year – “Mapping Romania – notes on an unfinished journey” which you can access on the list at the top right corner of my blog……


  2. Sorry, I should have said half board, not full… I’ll ask my neighbours, Dave. You’re happy to share a room – at least two of you? It’s not likely that many families have three spare rooms… My email is abbspepper at gmail dot com, by the way – may be easier than conducting a private conversation on here in public! Can you tell me a bit about yourself – your name, for instance, and where you’re from? Nice to tell my neighbours that you’re a fully formed human being rather than a digital presence…


  3. Hi Arabella,
    I found your blog by chance as I was looking for suitable places to stay in or around the Magura area.
    Maybe you can help me.
    We are 3 fairly fit middle age men who will be walking/hiking for 3-4 days in the Magura area ( looks fabulous), last week in June. We would prefer to stay in a private house rather than a guest house on the basis of bed, breakfast and evening meal.
    Can you recommend somewhere that would be suitable for us, for the nights of 23/24/25 of June with an option of also the 26thJune.
    Hoping you can help, thanks in advance


    • I’ll do my best, Dave. When you say private house, do you mean a place to rent as self-catering, or do you want full board, just in someone’s family home rather than a guesthouse? Do you speak any Romanian?


      • Thanks for the very quick reply.
        We dont want self-catering but like the idea of being paying guests in the family house of a “local”, if that is possible. If the only option is full board (3 meals) then so be it, but we would prefer bed, breakfast and evening meal as we intend to be out walking all day long.
        Not one of us speak or understand a word of Romanian, but we managed very well when we were in the middle of nowhere in Georgia a few years ago.
        Looking forward to hearing from you


  4. thanks for the interesting blog! I stumbled upon it while doing a little searching on the internet to educate myself a little….as my daughter and her friend are in Magura right now…….for a month or so. Looks beautiful!!


  5. I’m so glad to have discovered your site. I love your emphasis on responsible tourism that puts money back into the local economy. Keep up the good work?

    I’m considering a trip to Romania in September or October of 2013. I had never heard of Magura until recently, but it seems like my favourite sort of place. I love exploring rural culture at the local place, walking in grand landscapes, and discovering local wildlife. However, I will be travelling on my own, without a car, and on a non-extragavant budget, so a guided tour isn’t an option. Would I be able to explore the village and surrounding countryside safely on my own? From my little research, the biggest worry would be the guide dogs.


    • Delighted to hear you’re planning to come over next autumn. We’ll help you plan, and a non-extravagant budget is fine here. The dogs aren’t a big problem – it’s only the big shepherd dogs who are aggressive, and unless you challenge them or try to carry off a cow, they may bark but won’t go for you. We can find you a nice place to stay, and the walking trails are pretty well marked; you sound like an experienced walker so I’m sure you’ll be fine. Keep in touch and keep asking questions…


      • Wonderful! You can tell how excited I was to discover your web site by all the typos in my original post. I fired it off without proofing. (“Local place” should be local pace, the question mark after “keep up the good work” should be a period, and “guide dog” should be “guard dog.” I promise not to try to walk off with a cow by the way.) I’ll definitely keep reading and writing. My slight research has uncovered a few lovely looking guesthouses, but I wonder if there are any rooms to rent on local farms. One of my favourite places I’ve stayed was a local home with two rent rooms in Cappadocia where I helped hull walnuts and bake bread in a tandoor oven.


      • Yes, of course. I’m sure my neighbour will be pleased to rent you a room, otherwise by next year the neighbour on the uphill side will have a room to rent – they’re renovating now. It’ll be cheaper than the guest-houses and I’m sure they’ll be happy to give you some tasks… Walnuts will be ready for cracking, apples for vinegar-making, other fruit for tuica-brewing, etc. Do you know how to milk a cow?


      • My cow-milking skills are sadly lacking. When I tried to milk a cow on my grandparent’s farm in Kentucky by simply grabbing and yanking, nothing came out and I announced that I needed another cow, mine was out of milk. I now know that it’s more a matter of squeezing rather than pulling, but this newfound knowledge has yet to be tried on a cow. I do know that it’s a lot harder than it looks. My grandmother made milking a cow look as easy as eating chocolate.


      • : )) I’ve never tried… But I know that pulling is not how to do it. The mechanism is designed around a calf’s ability to suck, and as we can’t do that, maybe visualising it would help…. (!) I’m sure Emilia would be highly amused by teaching you. Once learned, never forgotten, I expect. A new career?…


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