Thematic Route: The Cultural Heritage Route
Name of the Touristic Attraction: The Lilac Forest From Ponoarele
Location: in Ponoarele Commune, Mehedinţi County. It is located 3 km south of Ponoarele, between the Băluţei and Răiculeştilor hills, 4 km away from Baia de Arama, on the road connecting Drobeta Turnu Severin to Târgu Jiu.
Description: It is a botanical reservation belonging to the area of the platform carst of the Mehedinţi Plateau. It was formed in an intramontane depression, where many calcareous dives appeared. The lilac forest from Ponoarele is a botanical reservation considered by many to be a natural wonder. It is the largest lilac forest in the country. The Reservation stretches over an area of 20 hectares and is at an altitude of 500m. It was preserved due to the mild climate, with submediterranean influences and it was subsequently declared a protected area. Declared a monument of nature since 1965, it is part of the “Mehedinți Plateau Geoparc” protected area. In the forest, besides the lilac (Syringa vulgaris) and mountain ash (Fraxinus ornus), which are the main species, there are also the oak (Quercus petraea), Quercus farnetto (Garnița în Romanian), etc. Cornus mas (Cornul în romanian), Viburnum lantana (darmox in Romanian), Acer campestre (a kind of a maple tree), hazelnut tree (Corylus avellana), hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) and the mountain ash (Sorbus torminalis) are also present. The rare floral species found here are the black tulip and the Turkish cherry, and among the fauna species we mention the horned viper and the turtle.
Legend / Story / Impressions / Recommendations: When the lilac blossoms here, there is a green carpet with shades from white to purple, which gives off a special scent. Every year, since 1965, the “Lilac Feast” is organized in these places. The locals say that the feast has much deeper roots, and it has been kept since ancient times, when everyone gathered here to enjoy the shade of the lilac forest.
Information and Contact:
The lilac forest is located on the administrative territory of Ponoarele Commune:
tel: +40252 381 512,
website: www.ponoarele.ro ,
Route close to other thematic routes:
In the commune you can also visit:
– The God`s Bridge
– The Ponoarele Cave
– The Clints Fields
– The Church under Stei
– The Zaton Lake
– The Ponoarele Church
Other useful information:
Conacul Boierului: Ponoarele, tel: +40740 057390
Camping at the clints: Ponoarele
– In July, there is the “Ponoarele, Ponoarele” Festival
– In May, is organized the Lilac Feast.
GPS Coordinates: lat, long: 44.960776, 22.775019