Throughout the tour, you will discover the hospitality of the local people who will warmly welcome you into their homes for a traditional meal with the freshest products the land has to offer, and, of course, a local drink, palnica. The people of Maramures never let a guest leave their house with an empty stomach, so prepare yourself to eat some of the best home-cooked meals in the world!
The people of Maramures are also known to be funny, and the proof stands in one of the main attractions of this tour, the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, where you will find the funniest epitaphs in the world:
“Underneath this heavy cross
Lies my poor mother-in-law
Three more days she would have lived
I’d be here and she would read
You, who here are passing by
Not to wake her up please try
Cause if she comes back home
She will criticize me more.
But I will surely behave
So she’ll not return from grave
Stay here, my dear mother-in-law!”
Next, we will see the religious side of the people from Maramures, by visiting some of the most beautiful churches in Romania, included in the UNESCO Heritage. We will admire the wooden churches, built and carved by local craftsmen, as a gratitude to God.
Our journey will take us through villages where crafting is still an occupation today, satisfying your thirst for art and architecture. We will visit local craftsmen and admire their work, their hand carved entrance gates, egg painting, and pottery. You will also be introduced to the most natural and ecological washing machine, Valtori – The Whirlpools of Maramures, the place where local women still go to wash their woolen, hard to handle rugs.
Romania is well known for its mountains, forests, beautiful landscapes, gorges, and waterfalls, and on our way back to Cluj we will stop to admire the beautiful landscape from Maramures. We have prepared some attractions that promise you beautiful views from the top of the mountains. One of the attractions that you will surely fall in love with is the last virgin forest in Maramures, a place that is still pure and untouched by humans, home to more than 10.000 species of animals and plants, and a paradise for any tourists that steps inside. Next, we will be climbing heights to admire the lovely hill villages, a beautiful scenery that will make you feel like in a Lord of the Rings setting.
Your tour “Two days in Maramures from Cluj” has come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your trip and we would like to thank you for choosing Rolandia!