An ethno-folkloric region with well-preserved customs and traditions, hospitable people and charming sights. This is Maramureș, a region located on the north-western side of Romania.
Customs and Traditions
The specificity of Maramureș region makes you feel like a time traveller. You get inside the neat houses from the rural areas, passing through the traditional "Maramureș gates", true masterpieces carved in wood. Beyond these thresholds, accommodation and food services with archaic flavour are waiting for you in rural pensions. They are located in the villages from the valleys of Mara, Cosău and Iza rivers. The traditional wool rugs, the blouses (ii) woven by women, the knitting and the folk music local festivals complete the specific of this region, which is inhabited by people who treat their guests with traditional dishes and drinks. Craftsmen from Săpânța, Bârsana, Vadu Izei, Ieud, Breb and Glod are considered the most talented artists of wood carving, while in Săcel you can find artisans of the unenamelled red ceramics.
Place to visit
Things to do
Those who feel the need for adrenaline can entertain themselves with motocross, off-road, paragliding launches or can go rafting and canoeing on the numerous rivers that cross Maramureș. Rock and ice climbing are also popular. In winter, the skiers, snowboarders and those who prefer bobsleds and sleighs can race down the modern slopes of some popular resorts: Șuior, Cavnic, Izvoare or Mogoşa.
Mocănița, the steam train, one of the few in Europe which still work, will lead the tourists through the Maramureș Mountains, revealing to their eyes some of the most beautiful and wild landscapes within the Carpathian-Danubian-Pontic space. During spring and summer, the hiking to the peaks of Rodnei Mountains, to the caves, the 30 natural reservations or the lakes will take you to a world where rare species, protected by law, are at home.
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Romania offers a wide range of accommodation opportunities, as diverse as the country itself. From luxurious 5* hotels to inexpensive hostels, from traditional pensions to modern apartments, here you can find something to suit every style and budget.
Nightlife in Romania is something that you definitely have to experience during your stay here. As the sun goes down, … no, it’s not Dracula coming to life, but the cities seem more alive than ever. You don't want to miss all the fun after dark!
On any given day (and night), in Romania you will find thousands of lively bars to choose from, which include in their drinks lists everything from classy cocktails or sophisticated coffees to ice cold beer or elegant wines.
No matter what is it that you are looking for, you’ll find a specialized shop where you can buy it from. From large malls to small boutiques, the Romanian shopping options are diverse in both product range and appearance.
If you want to move from one place to another, Romania offers many possibilities and options to choose from. The numerous companies providing transportation services will ensure high quality services at affordable rates.
Romania provides numerous possibilities for sports and outdoor activities throughout the year. If you like to move and fill up with adrenaline, browse this category in order to find the most suitable activity for you.