The English version of the Buila-Vanturarita National Park web page - September 2007



Pietei 7, Horezu Town, Valcea County

Tel.: 0250/860.157
Fax: 0250/860.180

The localities in the area – brief history
Down the Buila-Vânturariţa Massif there are a few old localities: Horezu City, Costeşti commune (with the villages of Costeşti, Bistriţa, Pietreni and Văratici), Bărbăteşti commune (with the villages Bărbăteşti, Bodeşti, Negruleşti and Bârzeşti), Stoeneşti commune, Păuşeşti commune, Băile Olăneşti city (the villages Cheia, Tisa, Comanca, Gurguiata).
The specifics of the area, architecture, traditions, customs, handicraft
Tradition, customs and handicraft of the area are in close connection with the locals’ main occupations of shepherding, woodcraft and stone craft, fruit-growing and apiculture. The zone is well-known for its pottery tradition (Horezu pottery), traditional carpets from Oltenia, woodworks, carpentry, traditional clothing and shepherding traditions, traditional dishes and drinks: fruit, plum brandy (ţuică), cheese, honey and other products deriving from it.
It is said that here lived a rich shepherd who owned the hills down Buila Peak. He had four sons: Costea, Bărbat, Dobre and Bodea, and he divided his land between them. So they founded the villages: Costeşti on Costeşti Valley, Bărbăteşti and Bodeşti on the Otăsău Valley and Dobriceni on the Dobriceni Valley
Annual Events
There are several traditional events in the area:

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