Buila-Vânturariţa National Park


Buila-Vânturariţa National Park is located in the territory of Costeşti, Bărbăteşti and Băile Olăneşti, Vâlcea County.

You can gain access from DN 67 National Road direction Râmnicu-Vâlcea -Târgu-Jiu or from the county road Râmnicu-Vâlcea - Băile Olăneşti.

The main access points are in Costeşti, Bistriţa, Pietreni-Prislop and Pietreni-Valea Morii.

Accommodation can easily be found in Horezu, Costeşti, Cheia, Olăneşti, and in the park there four touristic retreats and Cheia Lodge.

Entrance fee: Yes.

Oficial site here.



You will find the Buila -Vânturariţa National Park in the southern part of Căpăţânii Mountains in a fairy tale scenery.

The limestone ridge of Buila Vânturariţa Massif, the main feature of the park, is towered by the Buila (1849 m) and Vânturariţa Peaks (1885 m). The spectacular limestone relief, the isolation of the massif and the difficult access to it, have contributed to keeping the forest flora and fauna untouched. Also, the speleological elements were mounted and attracting now many hiking and nature fans.

If we were to tell you that there are 19 hiking trails to choose from, all you have to do is get your backpack and you are ready to go!

Among many attractions you can discover here are the Bistriţa Gorges,Costeşti Gorges, the Cheia Gorges or the Bats and Bears Caves. And for those of you who are more adventurous, you will find that the park is an ideal place for mountain climbing, with over a 100 tracks, many of them very difficult.

The beauty of the park is enhanced by the presence of various monastic places such as Arnota Monastery, Bistriţa Monastery, Horezu Monastery, Păpuşa Hermitage, 44 Izvoare Church or Peri Church.

Did you know?

Buila-Vânturariţa National Park is the smallest national park in Romania with an area of 4186 ha. There are 120 caves but only two of them can be visited: the Bats Cave and the Bears Cave.

Conservation facts

The park is a site belonging to the Natura 2000 Eco Network.

The Kogayon Association is very active in promoting ecotourism projects, having developed many projects like these in the park in the last few years.