The Clay Castle From The Valley Of Fairies

The Clay Castle from the Valley of Fairies was our next objective to visit after we have explored the former Cistercian monastery in the village of Cârța. This unique castle can be found in the Romanian village of Porumbacu de Sus, in the region of Făgăraș.

The Clay Castle

The castle was built almost entirely from natural materials. Also the castle has a interesting and unique architecture which reminds me of some castles from fairy tales, probably that’s why some people actually called this place The Clay Castle of the Valley of Fairies. Back when we visited this place it was packed with tourists from all over Romania. All in all, we enjoyed our short stop there and I highly encourage you to check this place out especially if you are in the nearby area.

The Clay Castle right with the Fagaras mountains in the background.
The castle's souvenir shop.
Tourists walking around near the Clay castle.
A small tower at the end of the castle.

The Porumbacu river

Right next to the Clay Castle you will find a nicely decorated garden with many wooden stools which and benches mad out of hay. This place is actually located right in front of the Porumbacu river which flows from the nearby Făgăraș mountains. This is the perfect place for relaxation especially when you have such a beautiful landscape right in front of you.

The Porumbacu river next to the Clay Castle.

The Făgăraș Mountains in the background

Since the Făgăraș mountains are actually pretty close to the Clay Castle, if you visit this place in early spring, you will have the chance the see snow on the peaks of the mountains.

Playground for children at the Clay Castle with the mountains in the background.
The Făgăraș mountains in spring.

Former Cistercian monastery in the village of Cârța

The Cârța Monastery was our first important objective to visit in the Făgăraș region. This Transylvanian village is renowned due to the Cârța Monastery which in the past was a Cistercian monastery. Today if you plan to visit this place, you will gonna see some old ruins which belonged to the old monastery and whitin the churchyard there is actually a smaller cemetery where are buried fallen German soldiers from World War I. At the end of the churchyard, you will also find a smaller Lutheran church.

Besides the Cârța Monastery, not far from this place, in the city of Avrig you will gonna find another amazing place to visit called The Brukenthal Summer Palace.

The Cârța Monastery.
The churchyard where a small cemetery is found with graves from the First World War.
A small Lutheran church located within the churchyard.
The main entrance into the churchyard.

The Brukenthal Summer Palace In Avrig

After a not so long drive from the Clay Castle located in the village of Porumbacu de Sus we finally arrived to our last objective in the Fagaras region which was the Brukenthal Summer Palace in the Transylvanian city of Avrig.

Here we have decided to serve dinner at restaurant which can be found within the Brukenthal palace gardens.

The Brukenthal Summer Palace in the city of Avrig.
Photo of the Brukenthal Palace from the palace gardens.

The mighty Fagaras mountains

At the beginning of March, I have visited a couple of popular places in the Fagaras region like the the former Cistercian monastery in Carta and the Clay Castle Valley Of The Fairies located close to the Transylvanian village of Porumbacu de Sus. Since the mountains were close to the main road, I had many opportunities to capture some interesting shots of the mountains and their snow covered peaks. The Fagaras mountains are actually the highest mountains in Romania, the highest peak called Moldoveanu has 2.544 m.

Panoramic view of the Fagaras mountains.
The Fagaras mountains near the village of Porumbacu de sus.
Mountains with snow on their peaks.
View of the Fagaras mountains from the village of Carta.