7 Days in Maramures
Maramures’ history is ancient, enchanting and beautiful. It is a civilization and culture carved in wood and stone in word and soul. Most villages in Maramures are agricultural settings where families have their own piece of land, a homestead, a few animals and often an orchard. This means lots of villagers having a very self sufficient way of life, providing their own families with home grown food and other self produced products. For most visitors of Maramures the greatest attractions are the traditional villages of the region. These villages are known for their wooden architecture and wooden craftwork. Once you visit these villages you’ll see lots of wooden houses, sometimes even with wooden roofs, porches and gates beautifully crafted out of wood. Maramures is often called ” the land of wood” and you can obviously tell why.
Today we are going to visit “Cimitirul Vesel” (“The Merry Cemetery”) in Sapinta. The cemetery tries to present the brighter side of death. Later on we will visit the most notorious communist prison in Romania. The prison is located in Sighet and it is notorious for the atrocities committed there against the enemies of the regime. We will have lunch in Sighet and do some sightseeing. In the afternoon we will visit the private collection of the Pipas family (you will be amazed at what these two teachers have collected inside their small home). In the evening we will return to the hotel for dinner and accommodation.
On the third day we will join the locals for the Sunday church service in the village of Desesti. This is the most beautiful wooden church in the region and it has the status of cultural monument. The locals will be dressed in traditional clothes and you will have the opportunity to admire their craft and cultural heritage. At midday we will have lunch at a farmer’s house and enjoy a wonderful traditional Romanian dinner with his family. During the same day we will also visit a traditional hat maker and watch him at work and using the tools that were passed to him from father to son. If you want to enjoy a quality alcoholic drink, you will love our next stop: a plum brandy maker. You can taste this traditional Romanian drink and tell us what you think of it. Later on we can visit the still working water mill in the village as well. The last objective for the day is the church of Surdesti (the highest wooden church in Romania), where you can enjoy the scenery and take pictures. In the evening we will return to the pension for dinner and accommodation.
Today we will take a trip on a steam train through the forest. We will stop to have a picnic there. The landscape in this region is breathtaking, so don’t forget to take your camera for pictures. The place where we are going is called Vasser Valley and no car can get you here. You can only reach this place by taking this steam train. We will arrive back to the pension at 06.00 PM for dinner.
Today we will go to Iza Valley to see the magnificent wooden churches of Bogdana, Birsana and Ieud and have a traditional Romanian lunch at a farmer’s home with his family. You will love both the company and the food. After lunch we will take a small trip with a horse wagon to a shepherd’s house in order to see how they live and work. If you want, we can stay a bit longer and enjoy a small snack with the shepherd and do some more sightseeing. In the evening we will come back and have a light dinner.
Today’s program will be very relaxed and you can make your own schedule for the day. You can spend your time trying your hand at Romanian cooking for the dinner tonight, visit the village and get to know the locals, visit the surroundings in order to understand the local way of life. At dinner the local band will come to entertain you and teach you Romanian dances. This will be the farewell dinner, so enjoy yourselves!
• The order of the activities can be changed based on weather conditions, or other conditions that might appear or be asked by the guests. The guests may change the daily program, the activities, do some others that can occasionally be done.
• In this region there are several important religious and traditional (even pre-Christian) feasts and people can take part in them.
List of special events in Maramures:
• We should not forget about the local markets which take place occasionally and should be visited as wellSend feedback
- Pleases your eyes