Parau commune is located in the middle of Brasov county, 20 km distant from Fagars and 60 from Brasov, within an area delimitated by Fagaras Hollow and Persani Mountains in Oriental Carpathians.
Its administrative territory compasses four villages - Parau (residential locality), Grid, Upper Venetia and Lower Venetia, localities of remarkable historic charge.
River Olt, crossing the commune from north-east to south-west, is bordered on both sides by wooden hills, spangled with beech, oak and durmast trees. The old documents speak of huge woods covering once the entire area, known as the ?Romanians and Pecenegs' Woods?.
They are sheltering today lots of animals such as bears, boars, deers, wolfs, lynxes and foxes.
Culture and Traditions
The costumes and traditions the people celebrate today go back to centuries ago.
?The Ploughman?, celebrated in Lower Venetia, is originated into certain magic beliefs before Christianity; ?Turca?, a winter costume celebrated by youths masked in goats, adorned with coloured ribbons and bells belts; ?The wheel on fire? - a wagon wheel wrapped in straw is given fire and launched then from a hill, a purifying costume symbolizing the death of evil spirits.
A Breeders Area
Supported by the local council, the mayor Mihai Popeneciu unfolds projects meant to ensure the rural development of the area.
?The commune's economy has a strong agrarian characteristic.
Since the most remote times, local people breed cows; besides, animal husbandry is what investors become to get interested in.
There are many opportunities for them here in various fields such as agriculture, mineral water resources, agro-tourism, hire, lease and purchase of infields for agrarian cultures and pasturages, wood, infrastructure, rock gas and water?, the mayor stated.