It may be hard to believe, but 6.5 million years ago here, in Costeşti there was a delta, and the sand deposit was formed by the successive deposition of the river transported material. The term “trovant” is specific to the Romanian geological literature, and the trovanti are local cements in the mass of the sand they contain. In short, the atypical stones in the Vâlcea village are scientifically called trovanti. Trovanti Museum Natural Reserve can be found in Costeşti. The 67 National Road Râmnicu Vâlcea - Târgu Jiu passes just nearby.
The place’s vibration is simply fantastic, and the fact that you can walk through the formations that were born millions of years ago is fascinating.
The perfect place for photography lovers.
Jack and the Beanstalk?
Some locals believe that after a more severe rain, from the wet sand would appear small trovants, called by them “living stones’. They also think that bigger stones grow every time it rains. That's the magic of the place, you feel, see and believe what you want. Do you want to think that they are the traces of an alien civilization? It's fantastic, you can do it, no one will criticize you. It is the place where you can draw healthy conclusions if you get there and you are not in a hurry.
It is well known that bad things spread easily, but here is one good thing that does not propagate easily. Costeşti holds the only place in the whole of Europe where a park was set up for these geological formations.
The traces of a distant and captivating past.
Unfold your imagination, believe what you want to believe!