After our escapades in Sighișoara we headed south to Bran, where we spent a few rain soaked days hiding out in our campervan ‘Willy’. The two days weren’t entirely unproductive as we got the chance to explore Castel Bran; the medieval fortress that is said to have inspired Bram Stoker’s vision of Castle Dracula.
When the rain finally cleared, we took the advice of some friendly German campers and made the short drive up to the mountaintop village of Măgura. Encircled by the Piatra Craiului Mountains, the small village proved to be the perfect base for hiking.
We tackled two different hikes during our time in Măgura. The first was a leisurely but enlightening stroll through the mountaintop countryside, where we watched Transylvanian farmers curate and manicure their lands as we criss-crossed the walking trails that ran through the foothills. While this relaxing stroll through the countryside was a great introduction to our surrounds, our second hike to Curmătura Cabana was a lot longer and provided an excess of visual stimulation.
Commencing the hike on the gravel roadway just below Măgura, we walked through the rocky extensions of Curmatura Gorge before diverting into the thick untamed forest to make the lengthy and narrow ascent to the open mountain meadows that lay beneath our destination, Curmătura Cabana. Once we reached the open meadows, the mountain hut was in full sight and we quickly ascended to the beautiful bungalow where we were greeted by spectacular vistas and shaggy mountain dogs.
After a quick break, we descended back to “Willy” by an alternate route where we crossed paths with two Sheppard’s that were guiding a large flock of sheep. These were the only individuals we encountered on the trail of our 6-hour hike.
Oh how we love that Transylvanian solitude.