Unique Attraction in Romania: the “Color Forest” between Targu Jiu and Ramnicu Valcea

When it comes to unique attractions, every country has its fair share of them. But since this is a blog about Romania, we’re going to focus on attractions in the country. And one of the most original ones is the Color Forest near the Poienari village, somewhere between Targu Jiu and Ramnicu Valcea.

A unique and extremely interesting project by artist Mihai Topescu, the Color Forest is exactly what it seems to be: a brightly colored forest near the village. We’re talking about 600 trees that have been painted by the artist in vibrant, ecological colors as a protest against the heavy deforestation in the area.

Most likely, when the project started, they didn’t know how popular it will become: today, people are flocking to take pictures and see the wonder themselves. It is indeed an unique art form and definitely something worth checking out if you ever get into the area.

Here are some photos of the beautiful Color Forest in Poienari. It looks even more spectacular during the summer or the fall… but it looks good enough during the winter for you to see how interesting the entire project is:

Officially called “the Garden of Paradise,” the Color Forest (as it’s actually referred to) is not only a protest against deforestation. The artist hopes that the place will become a place for meditation, for self discovery, a place that will help others enjoy and appreciate art in any form.

One thing is clear: since it has been created in July 2017, this unique Romanian attraction started to become more and more popular – unexpectedly so, I would say. But that’s a good thing. We know for sure that a forest – albeit small – has been saved from being cut down. Maybe others will follow suit and turn Romania into a Color Forest country.

You can check out even more photos on the Facebook page of the forest – where you also have a map (Google Maps currently shows an incorrect location of the forest). And if you like it so much that you feel you’d love to live close to it, I’ve already written a guide to Targu Jiu – one of the larger cities closest to this attraction.

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7 thoughts on “Unique Attraction in Romania: the “Color Forest” between Targu Jiu and Ramnicu Valcea”

  1. Calin: Very pretty colors! Deforestation is bad. We lost a lot of forest in the Pacific Northwest (USA)
    due to excessive logging. (Lumber mills are a big industry where I live.)
    Then, there’s the Amazonian rainforest (aka the lungs of Earth) which is still being decimated.
    BTW–I hope the colors, though Technicolor-like, don’t damage the trees. I’d think the artist would
    have done his due diligence to make sure no tree were harmed in the making of this exhibit;-)
    I hear you have a new PM. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viorica_D%C4%83ncil%C4%83
    She seems to have the “street cred” for the job. Hopefully, all will be copacetic.

    • Hello Teil,

      They do look good, don’t they? The artist used ecological paint, one that won’t harm the trees in any way. They fortunately thought about this before starting 🙂

      As for the new Prime Minister, she is considered they party leader’s puppet. The same was said about the two previous ones who proved to have a bit of a spine.. we’ll have to see if he made the right choice this time. So far, it seems that he did.

  2. How colorful! I wonder what the original motivation was. I know he means it as a place for meditation, but truthfully l don’t think l could be relaxed enough to meditate there 🙂 . I would like to see it during the day. I think the night might be a little too scary for me as l am a big chicken :-).

    • Meditation is not really a big thing in Romania anyway, so I really doubt that this goal was met. Sometimes artists think differently and they might be motivated by things we, the regular folk, don’t understand. But even if the artist’s goal was met or not, I’m still happy for the eye candy 🙂

  3. Hey Calin:
    Nothing about technicolor trees this time…
    Please get your family immunized, if it’s not too late!
    I understand measles is rampant. Do Romanians have
    opportunities to get vaccinated for the myriad of diseases
    which befall humankind? Do you have a flu shot regimen?
    Here in the USA, there’s a large group of ill-informed
    people who are so-called “anti-vaxers.” They believe
    vaccinations actually do more harm than good, and
    would rather die than get a vaccination.
    So sad! Of course, we have a whole swath of the
    population that believes Trump is the dear leader, and
    who will believe anything he says. He’s our own P.T.
    Barnum. (Remember, “There’s a sucker born every
    Hope you and yours are well!

    • Hello Teil,

      Unfortunately, those who are against vaccination are pretty popular here – so popular that the government decided to run pro-vaccination ads. There was a big measles scare recently with tons of cases – probably the most in decades. Even at our son’s kindergarten, there were several kids who got it, including one of the teachers.

      There is a system of mandatory vaccines in the country, but measles (or the flu shot) is not amongst them. As a result, many people just don’t do these and the consequences were obvious this year.

      But for those who want to get the vaccines, they are easily purchasable in pharmacies.

  4. Hi Calin,
    Glad to hear the pharmacies offer vaccinations!
    I was afraid Eric (“Junior Romanian”) might
    have been infected. At least you seem to be
    smart about the vaccination “thing.”
    I’m no fan of being poked in the arm (or having
    blood drawn) but I DO get ALL the vaccinations
    Some people just are so set in their ways and
    don’t realize the benefits of vaccinations far out-
    weigh any minor after-effects.
    Stay well,
    p.s. Sorry the technicolor trees article doesn’t
    seem to be a must-read.;-)


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