Recea is one of the biggest communes located at the foot of Fagaras Mountains, compassing the villages Berivoi, Sasciori, Savastreni, Iasi, Gura Vaii and Dejani.
The nature in its pure genuine state is an invitation per se to practice all kind of tourism: ecumenical, equestrian, agro and sylvan tourism, one-day hikes or even mountain expedition.
The Monasteries Dejani and Berivoi, hosting monks, are a propitious solution for getting the heartsease, peacefully recollect and meditate. The hikes' keens can walk all day long through the woods of Fagaras Mountains, where splendid flora and fauna wait to be discovered.
Hunting, fishing, riding and travelling by wagon on the surroundings are the local solutions to get rid of the stress and tension tourists accumulate in everyday life.
The inhabitants are hospitable, always ready to have the visitors taste the juicy Romanian gastronomy; they are also very skilled in lightning huge camp-fires.
The mayor of Recea, Gheorghe Lazar, emphasizes the growth of the tourism and agro-tourism: ?We started building a 200 dwellings leisure village at Dejani; 50 of them are already finished. There are more than 3000 inhabitants in the seven villages, contributing at the durable development of the area. Their main occupation is the agriculture, especially the potatoes culture and the breeding. The few investors in the area already showed their interest in developing non only the agro-tourism but also economic activities?.
Several trout farms and lots of beehives are located in what local people use to call the alpine chasm. The chalets and the boarding houses are very generous in offering the tourists accommodation and comfort for the tourists whether they come to admire the chamois - an endangered specie, or to hunt boars, deers, bears or lynxes. Radu Valley or Dejani Valley are full of mushrooms, strawberries and raspberries. Nature was very generous with Recea area and the surroundings: Fagaras Mountains - also called the Transylvanian Alps, timbered hills and fresh mountain springs.
The Vow under the Tree
A mysterious and exciting costume called ?The Forest' Vow? or the ?The Forest's Spell? is still practiced in the villages located under the mountains. When spring comes and nature awakes, the villagers celebrate it as a prelude of the new agrarian year.
After midnight, men gather and enter the forest under the mountains. Everyone carries an axe, a head-light and a jar. Each chose a tree; he draws a circle around it and starts uttering spells meant to protect him from the evil, strengthen him, keep him healthy and strong for the harvest. During the oath ceremony, they soak the tree with the water of the jar. At the and of the ritual every man yells and start to dance, moving slowly in the circle around the tree and hitting the ground. They continue to dance around the leader, accompanied by whistles and instruments, before returning home in procession.