7 unforgettable days in picturesque Maramureș County

7 unforgettable days in picturesque Maramureș County

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Embrace the spirit of adventure and get ready to explore the vibrant heart of Maramures, a region steeped in history, tradition and natural landscapes of rare beauty. In a 7-day tour, you will immerse yourself in the authentic essence of Romania, discovering a world where time seems to move at its own pace and the hospitality of the locals makes you feel at home, no matter the distance.

From the picturesque Baia Mare, your starting point, the journey will take you through the village of Săpânța, where the Cemetery will reveal the story of the place told through epitaphs full of humour and colour. You will witness a world where death is viewed with a smile and the memory of the departed is kept alive in vibrant colours and lively verses.

The ride on the Mocănița, the last forest steam train in Europe, through the Vaser Valley is an experience not to be missed. The ancient sound of the locomotive, the breathtaking mountain scenery and the peacefulness of the forests will transport you to a seemingly forgotten world.

The wooden monasteries of Maramureș, especially the monastic complex of Bârsana, are living examples of traditional Romanian craftsmanship, being inscribed in the UNESCO heritage. These sanctuaries of peace and spirituality harmoniously combine natural beauty with the art of wood, creating places of rare beauty.

In addition to the natural and architectural splendour, the tour gives you the chance to taste the traditional Maramureșean cuisine, a symphony of aromas and flavours that will spoil your taste buds. From sarmale in cabbage leaves to Maramurese pies and poale-n brâu, every meal is a celebration of the local culinary richness.

Staying in traditional guesthouses will allow you to experience authentic rural life, where every guest is treated as part of the family. It's a unique opportunity to connect with the local way of life, learning about the traditions, customs and rich history of the region.

This tour is designed for explorers at heart, cultural travellers and anyone who wants to discover the unspoilt beauty and living traditions of Maramures. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation or simply want to reconnect with nature and history, Maramures offers an authentic and profound experience, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Embrace the call of adventure and prepare to step into a world where tradition meets natural beauty in the purest possible way. Are you ready to discover the hidden treasures and untold stories of Maramures?

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Visiting suggestions for the main cultural and historical attractions
Daily activity descriptions
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Tips for navigating the city by public transport
Tips for tasting traditional Romanian dishes
Leisure options including parks, museums and shopping areas
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Travel Styles

Cultural
Nature & Adventure
Independent

Budget

600 - 699 euro
700 - 799 euro
>800 euro

Trip duration

Medium (6 - 10 days)

Season

Spring
Summer
Winter
Whenever
Autumn

Group type

Families with children's
Couples
Solo
Friends
Seniors

Topic

Cultural
Historical
Gastronomy
Adventure

Exploring type

Walk
Optional going by car
Itinerary

Rent: Pension La Taticu, about 30€/night. Cosy and welcoming, it's the perfect starting point for your adventure.
Activities: Visit Baia Mare's historic city centre, the Stefan Tower and the Mineralogy Museum.

Dining: Try dinner at the Old Centre Restaurant for some traditional Maramurese pies and sarmale.

Accommodation: Pension Ileana, about 35€/night, located near the Cemetery of the Merry Cemetery.
Activities: Explore the Cemetery of the Merry Cemetery and the Museum of the Maramureșean Village to get acquainted with local culture and traditions.

Dining: Taste local cuisine at a farmhouse guesthouse in Săpânța.

Activities: Return to Pensiunea La Taticu or, if you prefer, look for accommodation in Vișeu de Sus.
Activities: Venture on a journey with the Mocănița, the last forest steam train in Europe.

Meal: Lunch at a local restaurant, trying out the poale-n-brac pies.

Cost: Pension in Bârsana, about 40€/night
Activities: Visit the monastery complex in Bârsana and discover the unique architecture of the wooden monasteries.

Dining: Dinner at the pension, where you can enjoy traditional dishes prepared locally.

Activities: Return to Baia Mare or another guesthouse near Creșa Cailor.
Activities: Explore Creșa Cailor, a rare geological phenomenon, and relax on the shores of Blue Lake.

Lunch: Lunch at a nearby restaurant with local specialties.

Accommodation: Same accommodation as the previous day.
Activities: Take a tour of traditional Maramures villages, discovering old wooden houses and unique style churches.

Dining: Try dinner at a local family for an authentic experience.

Activities: Free day for souvenir shopping and relaxation.

Food: Explore other culinary options in Baia Mare before departure.

Location
FAQs

7 days. This tour is designed to last a week, giving you plenty of time to explore, relax and immerse yourself in the local culture.

Baia Mare - starting point and return, with explorations in the historic centre.
Săpânța - famous for the Cemitirul Vesel.
Valea Vaserului - for a trip by Mocănița.
Bârsana - for the monastery complex and wooden monasteries.
Creșa Cailor and Blue Lake - for unique natural phenomena.
Traditional Maramures villages - to see the traditional architecture and way of life.

Cultural and Discovery. This tour is ideal for those who want to experience Romanian culture, history and gastronomy with a pleasant combination of relaxation and adventure.

Mild to Moderate. Activities are accessible for most people, without strenuous physical demands.

Approximately 700€/person for 7 days, including accommodation, transport, food and activities. This budget may vary depending on personal preferences and additional expenses.

Car - Recommended for flexibility and easy exploration of the region.
Train and Bus - Options for certain destinations, but with less flexibility.
Mocca - For a unique experience in the Vaser Valley.

Hostels - The most common and authentic accommodation option in Maramures, offering a traditional and personal experience.
Hostels and Airbnb - Alternative, for those on a budget or looking for more independence.

Sarmale, Maramureșene Pies, Poale-n Brâu - Traditional dishes reflecting the richness of local gastronomy.

The Merry Cemetery in Săpânța, the Wooden Monasteries, the Mocănița on the Vaser Valley, the Historical Centre of Baia Mare, the Horse Nursery, the Blue Lake.

Respect for Places of Worship - Many of the attractions visited are places of religious worship, so it is important to dress appropriately and respect the silence of the place.
Interacting with Locals - The people of Maramures are known for their hospitality, so a friendly conversation or genuine interest in their culture will always be appreciated.

English is widely spoken among young people and in tourist areas. Basic knowledge of French can also be useful.

For EU citizens and those from many other countries, no visa is required to enter Romania.

There are no specific health risks or mandatory vaccinations for visitors to most countries, but it is recommended that you check the latest travel advice from your country.

No special vaccinations are required, but check standard travel recommendations.

There are numerous online reviews on platforms such as TripAdvisor, Google Reviews and Lonely Planet.

This itinerary is self-guided. For guided tours, you can check reputable local operators on review sites.

As a self-guided tour, you have the flexibility to tailor it to your liking, choosing which attractions to visit and when.

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