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Day trip in Maramures

Day trip in Historical Maramures

MARAMURES -Surdesti Wooden Church
MARAMURES -Surdesti Wooden Church

Day trip in Historical Maramures

departure from Baia Mare/Cluj Napoca

  • Surdesti wooden church in 1721 one of the eight churches included in UNESCO World Heritage Circuit and highest wooden church in the world 72m
  • Wooden church Budeşti – there is a collection of icons painted on glass. There is the  armor of Pintea  the Brave, a Robin Hood of Maramures
  • continue along the valley Cosau the holidays, the next village, where you can admire some hand carved wooden gates Maramures style and extraordinary old local  crafts: whirlpool, Horinca mill and grain mill, all functional
  •     Barsana Monastery – dating from the seventeenth century but demolished by the communist regime and rebuilt on the old settlement residents of old monastery
  • The Memorial of Communism  at the Sighet Memorial – former communist prison where they were incarcerated and have found the end most of the interwar Romanian intellectuals;
  •  Meal at one of the many restaurants with traditional food from Sighet (recommended Marmatia)
  • Merry Cemetery in Sapinta – these unique wooden works and poems engraved on the tombs in the village cemetery crosses made ​​by a folk artist named Stan Ioan Patrascu  since 1935
  • return to Sighet 18 km and Berbesti can admire a beautiful wooden cross built by unknown local village dating centuries back
  • Wooden church from Desesti – UNESCO circuit paintings with biblical images interior well preserved throughout the walls and even on the ceiling of the church
    back in Baia Mare along the Mara Valley, crossing Gutii mountains the most important access road to Historical Maramures


Includes: itinerary as described, car, driver/ guide.


This tour can be made entirely during summer, when day is longer.

There is a local airport in Baia Mare with flights to and from Bucharest.

The closest international airport is Cluj Napoca on a shorter route or overnight during itinerary. Transfers  and trip can be done upon request for tourists lodged in Cluj Napoca .

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Story like city: Cluj Napoca

Story like city: Cluj Napoca

Cosmopolite, colorful, historical, University-based, relaxed, cultural, joyful ,  these are some of the attributes I find for Cluj Napoca.  They are not few, but still not enough to describe this Northern Transylvanian city.

Places on Feleacu Hill, Cluj Napoca is always an attraction for any type of tourist. Even a this late November day , this city  was sunny and shinning.  The glow came from inside, the sun was  friendly with Cluj Napoca, even if over all Romania was  announced and winter to start its role. The enormous gothic church, St. Michael ( the second biggest in Transylvania) surveys the Union Square of Cluj. Built between 14-15 century, the building still dominates the big city of 21 century. Its dimensions impresses the people passing by, regardless their religious opinion. To have an idea: It is 80 m tall and  70 m long!

Saint Michael Church - Cluj Napoca
Saint Michael Church – Cluj Napoca
Cluj Napoca- city Theatre

On the pedestrian area, people of all ages walk calm on the paved alley. Romanian flags fly on buildings  as a manifestation of happiness.  Restaurants, coffee shops and bars  welcome clients along the street. Places for all budgets and tastes: from doner kebab shop or pizzeria to traditional cabbage restaurant where you can have  tasty  local meal “varza a la Cluj” ( cabbage as in Cluj).

Cluj is Universitar city and Universities of every type are spread  here and there with their specific: arts, installations, medicine, technology  and… many students- young happy faces. The most known is Babes Bolay, University building of an eclectic architectural style, shelters over 50.000 students yearly.

Cluj Napoca- city Theatre
Cluj Napoca- city Theatre

On Avram Iancu Square The Orthodox church  watches over the city and over Avram Iancu statue. The grandness of the  Cathedral  overwhelms you and seems to have impresses even the statue in front of it. Built between 1923 -1933 in Romanian style, the 18 derricks of the church  watches over the Theater, the Theology University, the Metropolitan Palace.

The Cluj City Theatre faces the Orthodox Cathedral- proud  shows off its eclectic -colorful arcade style. Inaugurated in 1919, the building is in 2000’s a representative house of culture, beauty and grandeur.

I hope I teased you enough  to visit it.