The Lady’s Stones

Pietrele Doamnei
Masivul Rarău

Geomorphological elements

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The “Pietrele Doamnei” natural reservation, one of the most interesting geological formations of the Western Carpathians, represents the perfect destination for those seeking for relaxation.


Unique from a landscape perspective, the natural reservation belongs to the Rarau massif, Suceava county. There are two main routes to the reservation, either through the picturesque town of Campulung Moldovenesc, or through the villages Pojorata, Mestecanis, Slatioara and Chiril.


More precisely, the access to the protected area can be done either from Campulung Moldovenesc (the road follows the “Izvorul Alb” valley, climbing up to Rarau peaks, where one can find the “Rarau” chalet – 1,538 m altitude; the length of the road is approx. 14 km, or 3-4 hours by foot.


The road is marked with a red dot, and then continues through either the “Caselor” valley, part of the Moara Dracului reservation – marked with a red cross), or through Pojorata (17 km on Colbu, marked with yellow cross, then red stripe), Chiril (narrow auto road, 3 hours by foot, blue dot), Mestecanis or Slatioara.


The reservation belongs to the southern part of the Pietrosul Bistritei mountain, and north of the Tomnatec mountain. To the west one can find the Giumalau massif, and to the east there are the Todirescu meadows near the Slatioara forests.


The legend says that the King Petru Rares has sheltered here his family; his Lady was often climbing the stones to look for her husband’s return – hence the name “Pietrele Doamnei” – or “Lady’s stones”.


All the area is full of chalkstones with corral engravings, as well as marine herbs. In Cretaceous these stones were part of large reefs – 140 million years ago the area was sunk under a warm water ocean. The visitor must pay attention to the chalkstones, the area being very irregular – thus appropriate shoes are highly recommended.


As with regard to the trees growing here, the spruce is the most frequent – but one can also find poplar, willow and birch. Edelweiss grows on rocks, but it is forbidden to pick the plant, as it is a protected species. The Lady Rocks area is teeming wildlife. There are bears, deer, foxes, martens and wolves.


Though at first glance they look inaccessible, the rocks have been climbed; first successful attempt was in 1921. Then more and more people visited this impressive reservation.


The visitor should not worry about accommodation, as there are plenty of chalets in the area. Camping is possible as well – with one mention: you can only camp overnight in special designated area, more precisely near the sports field of the Rarau motel and near the Pastoral chalet.


If you have the chance to visit the Pietrele Doamnei reservation, do not miss the opportunity: you can admire a lovely sunrise, from an altitude of 1,648 m.

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