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!

Borsa is a city from Maramures region where tourists can discover and enjoy Rodna Mountains. It is situated between two important protected places, National Park from Maramures Mountains and National Park from Rodnei Mountains.

The name of this city was for the first time mentioned in the 14th century and it was said that this place was part of   Bogdanestilor nation domains. An important incident from the 18th century was revealed when Borsa citizens won against the Tartars. Led by the archpriest Sandor Lupu, citizens stopped the Tartars and won the battle.

As part of  Borsa city are Baia Borsa – an important mine where was extracted copper, silver and lead , and Borsa Resort – a touristic attraction best known for its alpine landscapes and extreme sports.

Borsa is a real healing space for people who suffer for lung diseases, because of its clean air, forests and heights. Natural treatments are used for sick persons. Besides all these, Borsa has mineral waters, and volcanic outputs. If people suffer from urinary, digestive or kidney diseases they can recover by drinking mineral waters rich in iron, calcium, magnesium.

Rodnei Montains, Maramuresului Mountains and Tibau Mountains  protect this region just like a fortress.  Full of path perfect for skis, snowboards or even sleighs, this place give to all visitors a dose of epinephrine required to start the adventure.  Also, guests can find here the tallest natural springboards form entire Europe, with a high of 133 meters.

The city of Borsa offers interesting attractions such as the Wooden Church “Saints Archangels”. This church dates from 1700 and was painted by unknown artists. It has numerous printings that prove the connections with Moldavia and the Land of Romania.

National Park Rodnei Mountains is the biggest protected area from Carpathians and hosts a large number of categories of flora, fauna and glacial relicts.

Reservation Bad Rock will impress its visitors by the highest waterfall named Horses Cascade. Also here, tourists can delight with a numerous species of “lion’s foot” (flower) and other rare plants and animals.

Cornul Nedeii Ciunfii Balasinei is an unheard reservation under the management of National Parc Maramuresului Mountans. This reservation was made to protect birch roosters.

This blessed place by divinity is perfect for a vacation for all travelers. Mountains, clean air and all experiences can transform a normal day into a spectacle and a relaxation day.  If visitors enjoy winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, this is a great place for fun.

Maramures is one of the most abundantly traditional regions in the world. People of Maramures, called Moroseni, have a lasting close relationship with their traditions, which they conscientiously respect and treasure, handing them down from a generation to another.

It is incredible how some villages of Maramures have succeeded to perfectly depict the way of life of the olden days, not by imitating the past, but by keeping it throughout the years. What probably stimulated the people of Maramures to preserve and promote their own values in architecture, clothing, art and language is the fact that they come from a blend between a Romanian local upper-class and the peasant class. The result was a freeman class, spared from obligations and taxes. Therefore, the ancient customs were kept alive and pure. Lullabies, dances, traditional clothing, cuisine, as well as pottery crafting and woodworking of Maramures are often treasured in the studies of ethnographers around the world. Also, they are greatly admired by tourists.

First thing that comes into perspective everywhere in Maramures is the woodwork. This tradition of the wood is one of the things Morosenii are proud of. There are the renowned wooden-carved Maramures-style gates, the incredibly tall wooden churches and of course the people’s houses, with minuscule windows.

Maramures is the realm of celebration, be it a religious holiday or a mundane occasion; Morosenii live each of them intensely. At every event, all the people dress up in the traditional costumes and dance the traditional dances like the “Wheel” and the “Brides”, with the rhythms of violins, shouting and handclapping.

The people of Maramures are very spiritual and have their humor about them. Let’s not forget their unique and emblematic Merry Cemetery in Sapanta.

Morosenii consider the wedding the most important event of a person’s life. The event is spectacularly organized by the parents and the to-be-weds. Before the actual wedding, there are certain rituals that are always respected: readying the dowry and the costumes, picking the godparents, inviting everyone at the wedding, creating a wedding flag, spreading magic spells for fortune, giving blessings and obviously the big feast. Therefore, a Maramures wedding is a very complex event.

All through the year, the people of Maramures have something to celebrate in their unique ways. For Christmas and New Year’s Eve they go out caroling in their traditional costumes, singing ancient songs like “Steaua” or “Plugusorul” and doing the “Goat Dance”.

For Easter, after a long fasting, the Moroseni adorn eggs in the most beautiful ornaments.

Summer is full of festivals and cultural events. In autumn they celebrate the harvesting.

Actually, the best way to find out about Maramures’ culture is by going there, taking walks, eating, drinking, laughing and chatting with the villagers. That’s how tourists catch the archaic atmosphere of Maramu’.

 

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.