Maramures is considered by many tourists the heart and soul of rustic Romania, with its picturesque countryside of small villages, rolling hills, pastures, and riverside full of wildflowers.

Maramures is a small and unique county placed in the North part of Romania. People have regard-fully and distinctively conserved the culture, traditions and lifestyle of a medieval peasant past.

Namely here, in Maramures guests can find one of the most special village named Prislop. The location is very popular thanks to its feast known as: The Prislop Festival.

Another interesting and catchy feast is: Botiza Festival.  It is the holiday of lovers which takes place in Botiza usually the same weekend as Prislop, but its a two day festival so makes both festivals attainable.

Both festivals are similar. However the festival in Botiza is more of a village festival than the Prislop festival. It is interesting because the festival gather many people with different culture, habits and rules.

Another special festival who’s popularity is growing up year by year is: “Drumul Lung spre Cimitirul Vesel feast” (English: The Log Way to Merry Cemetery). It is organized usually in august. The idea of the festival and the first edition was created and started in 2010.

The purpose of the project is to promote cultural values, spiritual, national and international promotion of ideas, projects, concepts and individuals who have a strong impact in the social, community and spiritual education of citizens in ethnography, folklore, literature, cinema, painting and music.

Started from 2016, the project’s goal is to create a bridge to open a communication channel between rural and urban Romania sending a national message on behalf of more than 12,000 villages from the country:

“We are here! We are together!

We represent something valuable to you!

Visit us! Hear us! Help us! Enjoy with us!”

For seven years The Long Way Festival became a symbol of the region, identifying and promoting traditional values of Romania. The festival is a complex one, with many beautiful elements.

Don’t miss to visit Prislop area!

Calinesti village is one of the precious places of Maramures region because of its traditions and natural beauty. This lovely parish offers wooden churches, houses and gates in Maramures style with a local culture based on a healthy lifestyle.

Legend of Calinesti parish name started with two brothers: Calin and Valeanu. Calin wants to make a home in a place called Hotroapa, close to Hotroapei Fount. This legend said that this parish is called after him, and Calinesti came from the Romanian name Calin. Surrounded with the typical Maramures beauty, tourists can find here important monuments such as the Wooden Church “Caieni”. It is dedicated to “Virgin Mary Birth” and was built in the 17th century. Tourists can see it on the cemetery’s hill. Made by oaken beams united by wooden peg it has an old technique of angle attachments.  This church used to have a few mural pictures dating from the 18th century, but unfortunately these were devastated.  The only ornament that the church has an engraving crosses on the door baffle. The interior floor is made by wooden ply and travelers can discover classical icons and mural paints that every church had.

Being placed in Maramures region, Calineste has wooden gates carved by local craftsmen. The Wooden churches of Maramures are a group of almost one hundred Orthodox churches, part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and this village has his on craftsmen. The oldest wooden gates have ancestral symbols, but the new ones are more massive, robust, and have ostentatious ornaments.  On the wooden gates travelers can find reliefs with diverse versification, zoomorphic and anthropomorphic themes, traditional ears of corn, vine garlands, braided rope, sun and much more.

Another wonderful edifice situated here is the Wooden Church “Susani”. Assembled in the 18th century have a triconc plan, which has a Moldavian influence. Its decorations consist in vine and a cross on the door threshold. The interior is painted with murals applied on textile pieces, but just a small piece of murals remains. This church has rare themes on this area, such as: Abel killed by Cain, Archangel Michael and the four Evangelists.

On the church wall is build a commemorative plaque dedicated to soldiers that deceased in The Second World War.The alley with Maramuresan houses, old well-preserved edifices and the nature that surrounds this fairy-tale area provides a nice and relaxing trip for tourists. A day in this nice place make travelers feel like they live in the grandma’s village.

Romania is a beautiful country with lovely traditions and folklore. Each region of Romania has different traditions and cuisine. All ingredients and techniques of combining food make them diverse and delicious.

Transylvania region is presenting the cabbage soup, “balmus”, “bulz”, papricas, stew with smoked dishes and many more. “Balmus” is a great recipe that contains flour, cream, butter; looks like polenta (Romanian: mămăligă), but it has a sour taste. “Bulz” is another recipe that is similar to polenta and contains: bellows cheese, kaiser, bacon, a little bit of cream and a little bit of butter. The traditional bacon (Romanian: slănină) is the food that people will find in every season, being used for several dishes preparation. Most of the Transylvanian dishes use pork meat, vegetables, milk, cheese and eggs. To get the sour taste on soup the locals use vinegar or cabbage juice. They also use lard and stewed onions and a little browned flour (Romanian: rântaş) as a substitute for oil.

In Maramures region locals serve guests with goulash soup (Romanian: gulaș la ceaun), dumplings with vegetables (Romanian: colțunași cu legume), soup with corn and cheese, pancakes with cheese and greens. Homemade bread is cut only after locals make the sign of the cross on it. People from Maramures always invite visitors in their houses, because they are very hospitable. They serve them with their traditional brandy (Romanian: pălincă) and every meal can be eaten only after a pray.

In the region of Crisana travelers will discover unusual, but delicious recipes. Here visitors can try “Oxen on cabbage juice” a dish from 150 years. This recipe contains corn flour, cabbage juice (Romanian: moare) and oil. From the corn flour are made dumplings that boil in cabbage juice. Another old traditional dish is “Nudlic with poppy” which is prevalent in all regions under different names. This recipe contains: potatoes that are boiled, spiced, are minced and knead with the egg, flour, and oil. It looks like pastas and are serve with poppy and grated lemon rind. After a good meal it is time for something sweet such as sweets dumplings with nuts and jam (Romanian: colțunași, also known as “Tasche cu pegmez”). One of the most famous dishes is made from beef and pork meat with vegetables, prepared usually outside the house in a big cast iron pot (Romanian: bograci). The plate has a Hungarian influence and offers a great occasion for outside activities.

The traditional food of Oltenia is famous worldwide for its prepared in traditional pots made of ground. The most used vegetable in Oltenia is leek which is not as spicy as onion. In this area tourists can also discover and taste tasty pickles and sour soups. People from Oltenia promote a nourishing and very delicious meal. Cake with sour milk it is a local delicacy which is resembled with polenta and its served at breakfast or as a snack combined tomatoes, cheese or milk. Local food is spiced with horseradish, pepper, parsley and lovage.

Travelers that visit Oltenia need to taste the leek soup, leeks with olives, Oltenian stew. As a main dish visitors can try chicken ciulama with polenta, which looks like stew, and is made with flour, cream, spices, parsley, and chicken meat. The homemade sausages are famous because its delicious and unique taste.

People from Banat love well cooked food and a plentiful table. They are famous for their homemade cakes and this sweet desert is never missing from their houses. Beside all, Banat cuisine contains: noodles soup, paprika with potatoes, cooked cabbage with sausages, and crispy pastry. Sponge cake with poppy seeds, also known as “beigli” (a smaller sponge cake) is a great dessert for all kind of guests. Soups are made with homemade noodles and chicken meat. For a sour soup, people from Banat use lemon and put a lot of cream. Noodles are also use for sweet foods and are combined with cheese, nut, milk, poppy or cabbage.

Muntenia locals use for their dishes: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and pastas. Here travelers can eat Vegetable-Rice Soup, tripe soup, ciulama (traditional dish with mushrooms with sour cream). For a sour soup locals usually use borsch (Romanian: borș). To prepare all this good meals people use butter, oil and also lard. Colored sauces are made with tomatoes or broth. Tourists will also appreciate musaca, bird meat, chicken stew (Romanian: ostropel), stufat de miel and other recipes that include fish. Musaca is a cake with vegetables, ground beef and cream. Stufat de miel is a recipe made for Easter table and contains: lamb, vegetables, tomato paste and vegetable juice.

Dobrogea cuisine. Most of the recipes contain a lot of fish, venison, pork meat, bird meat and also beef. The locals use plenty of vegetables and fruits for a healthier life. Tourists can taste here salads combined with eggs, cheese and cream, Dobrogean pie, musaca, and plum soup. Basic preparations are serve with rice, vegetables garnish or pasta.

Moldavia region is known for its eye-catching places, but has also good dishes to be tried. All Moldavian foods are served in big plates and special combinations. Here dishes contain pork meat, beef, potatoes, cereal and cabbage. Polenta and the Romanian cabbage filled with ground meat, rice and spices (Romanian: sarmale) are always present on the table. The most popular dishes from this region are: chicken soup or borsch, pork barbecue, patties of beef and lamb, grilled marinated fish, dumplings (pieces of dough filled with jam, minced etc.) with fresh cheese, potatoes or meat. For all those who prefer lights and tasty food they need to try.

For a Romanian exclusive culinary experience travelers need to discover the Romanian tasty dishes, from each region, because all of them have different influences.

The Museum of Romanian Peasant Woman is a tribute to all women for the roles played in our lives. Situated in the village of Dragomiresti,  Maramures region, it’s a traditional house of a peasant woman.

The Museum of Romanian Peasant Woman story

This wood house was the home of Ileana Chis, and was built between 1720 – 1721. Nowadays, the edifice is transformed into a museum and offers to all tourist fantastic stories, legends from the region of Maramures. Is full of attractions dedicated to women occupations and romanian folk costume – mother, teacher, lover, and sister from old days.

It is said that Ileana Chis, the woman who lived here was a beautiful woman, but she died single. She usually said that his man was not born yet. Her three pot still remains in the yard with the red pot on it. Three with pots is an old tradition used for houses where unmarried girls lived.

The writer Nicoara Timis, relative with Ileana Chis, managed this house and transform it in today’s museum. Thanks to him, Maramures is proud to have a unique museum such the Museum of Romanian Peasant Woman as a dedication to Maramures women. This traditional edifice is built in Maramures style. This style consists in circles patterns, straight lines, all plaited together.  Outside is surrounded with wattle fence.

Around the house travelers can discover spindle with bells. This object from Maramures has an unusual story.

There was a normal boy that fall in love with the most beautiful girl from the village. He starts to show her his real filings by going in her house and have diner with entire family. If the girl would follow the guy when he go outside the house, means that she like him. But this girl knew that she was beautiful and attractive and didn’t follow the boy. Because he missed her and wanted her, the boy made a spindle with bells.

The bells from this thing could be opened only if one piece was removed. He went again to the girl and showed her the object. He said to her that she will become his wife and can keep the object only if she can pry the bells.  Of course she couldn’t so they marry and never find the secret how to remove the bells. This is just one of the legends known by the locals.

Maramures offers captivating traditions and legends that all travelers will enjoy. The wooden churches of Maramures are outstanding examples of a group of architectural results from different eras.

Visit now the Museum of Romanian Peasant Woman and discover romanian culture facts, romanian traditions, all the attractions, stories and legends from the region of Maramures!

The Vaserului Valley is climbing from Viseu de Sus to Comanu, and is slightly dissimilar from other valleys of the Carpathian Mountains. With the exception of a few logging campsites, the beautiful valley covers a great area devoid of human population. It is open only by railway, and is extended on around 50 kilometers.

The region of Maramures is best defined among the two words “wood” and “water”. The history, the traditions and the life of the citizens of Maramures are engraved in the wood of the churches and gateways, and several rivers and watercourses are spread along the land similar to a cobweb, forming famous valleys, such as Viseu, Vaser, Iza and Mara.

The Vaserului Valley is situated in the far north of Romania, close to the limit with Ukraine, and is an exceptional sample of technical cultural legacy, including the famous steam train, unique in Europe. In this area, tourists can discover one of the last of the Carpathian Forestry Railways.

The tourist and leisure potential of Viseu de Sus is privileged by the unique natural background, located in the area of Maramuresului Mountains, which now are part of to the Natural Park with the same title. The richness of spring waters and authentic cultural and historical values boots this area as a tourist destination. Also, the existence of natural charms such as the forests range with opulent vegetation and wildlife, represents a brilliant motive for the realization of tourist paths for hiking or hitchhiking trips in the nature.

Steam Train on the Vaserului Valley

Since 1932, the Forestry Railway Viseu de Sus has performed practically without stop, being the last one of this type in Europe, which is still being used for the carriage of wood.

Since the year of 2000 steam trains for visitors have commonly traveled on Vaserului Valley. The season begins in spring and ends in autumn. The maximum altitude of the railway is in Comanu (around 1.100 meters), and the departure from Viseu de Sus starts at and altitude of 600 meters. Along the trip tourists can see the most charming forms of nature: sharp rows which start right near the track, secular forests or enormous cliffs crossed by tunnels. The railway unseals a vast zone of isolated forest and mountain, without highways or townships, but with quite many bears and wolves in its place!

During high season, travelers can go by steam train all the way up to the end of the valley and back, appreciating the attractiveness of the wildlife. It is also possible to stop on the way, get off at one of the numerous stops, and start a hiking journey to the highlands.

Discover Romania in the historic region of Maramures, in the northern part of the country, where great historic edifices rise under the eyes of viewers and visitors. With this tour travel, you will get to learn more about the religious and cultural identity of the Romanian people, dating from ages ago, where centuries old traditions and customs left their mark in these spectacular churches made of wood.

The Wooden Churches are important pieces of architecture, truly impressive creations, full of spirit and historic legacies and stories. The building of such worship places is traced from the beginning of 16th century.

They are found in a great number, but 8 of them were included in the UNESCO Patrimony as World Heritage Sites in the year of 1999. Some of them are almost ancient, others are built more close to the present, but being truly architectural masterpieces, their unique value is recognized in the entire world.

Maramures is a region of Romania with a strong cultural ethnicity and diversity, so this can be seen in the different features of the churches, the wood carving and the ornamentation. All over the northern part of the country, the 8 most important Wooden Churches are:

  • The Wooden Church of Budesti, Josani
  • The Wooden Church of Desesti
  • The Wooden Church of Barsana
  • The Wooden Church of Poienile Izei
  • The Wooden Church of Ieud Deal, Ieud
  • The Wooden Church of Surdesti
  • The Wooden Church of Plopis
  • The Wooden Church of Rogoz

Traveling along the beautiful scenery, the Wooden Churches stand as testimony of a rich heritage in this tour travel, that tourists get to see in their itinerary. Major historical and ecclesiastic monuments, they were masterfully crafted in wood. Narrow, but tall, with long and slim steeples, they have a sacred purpose to unite the people with their religion and faith.

Local tradition, the houses of worship were erected not only by local craftsmen with a great knowledge but specialized carpenters across the centuries, with influences from oppressors who roamed the region.

The Wooden Churches are made in a particular style, the iconography and biblical scenes in their interior are of baroque influences with beautiful paintings preserved very well over the years.

The roof in two levels of the church, and belfry with an open patio are specific architectural elements of the area. The history of Maramures is transmitted through the voice of the wood carved in these churches. They are the particular expression of the local tradition of this mountain area in northern Romania.

Nonetheless, the foreigner rulers of those times didn’t allow the people of the place to build churches from stone or other durable materials that would last for years. But, the villagers were not intimidated so they erected these beautiful wooden churches so that they can be close to God.

Discover Romania in this amazing tour travel, where across picturesque landscapes and cultural diversity, the Wooden Churches of Maramures leave a pleasant memory to visitors every year.

 

 

 

Discover Romania in a unique tour travel in one of the most spectacular parts of the country. A region filled with impressive history, amazing monuments and traditional villages, this is the perfect escape in the heart of the North.

Maramures, also known as the Land of Maramures, is located in the north-western part of Romania, with its county seat in Baia Mare, and has a border with Ukraine and Satu Mare in the west.

With a history rich of thousands of years, the area was occupied by several peoples such as the Indo-Europeans, the Gets and the Dacs, and also Romans and Slavs. A tatar invasion in the XVIII century decimated almost half the population but that didn’t stop Maramures from recovering to being one of the most important traditional area with customs that are still part of daily life.

The beauty of the region is mainly given by the riches and splendor of the natural landscapes. Particularly mountainous relief, the vast number of mountains and large hollows are great for nature and outdoor lovers. There are the Maramures Mountains, Rodnei Mountains, Tiblesului Mountains, Lapusului Mountains and many more. Baia Mare hollow, Baia Sprie hollow, Sighetu Marmatiei hollow and the West Hills represent major points for visiting in the area.

The heart of the region stays here, where the human managed to combine the harmony of the nature with the artistry that it was given to build wooden churches, houses and majestic gates that are so specific. That is why Maramures is also called the Land of Wood.

The locals perfected the industry of the wood, known all over Romania, with the beauty of the houses with tall gates filled with decorations, also completely made out of wood churches and monasteries. Therefore, 8 of these places of worship, having the oldest tallest towers in Europe, were included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Besides these tourist attractions and remarkable monuments, the region of historical Maramures will always delight the visitors in this tour travel with different other attractions. Like the pottery and the handicraft centers in Sacel and Breb, the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, Barsana and Moisei monasteries. The Merry Cemetery is world famous for its decorated blue wooden crosses that capture humorous verses written to offer the essential elements – the good and the imperfections of the deceased person. The folk ancestors of the town considered death as a beginning, a journey that the man will take when the time comes. So, the town is filled with spiritual philosophy, fascinating handicrafts, and a lot of great wooden churches waiting to be discovered.

Another great thing to do in Maramures is to take the last functional narrow-gauge steam train, called Mocanita, from Viseu de Sus. It runs along a scenic road, allowing the passengers to take great pictures.

The many ski slopes in Borsa, Cavnic, Mogosa and others, the resorts in Borsa, Ocna Sugatag or Costiui offer the tourists unforgettable times. There is also the Rodnei Mountains National Park, a natural reservation included in the UNESCO Patrimony, the Maramures Mountains National Park, some relaxing and treatment spas, Hungary castles, or monasteries.

Discovering Romania with a trip in the Land of Maramures, will be the highlight of this tour travel, in a region that captures the history and soul of the local traditions.