Maramures is considered by many to be the heart and soul of rural Romania. With its picturesque countryside of small villages, rolling hills, pastures, and meadows full of wildflowers, Maramures epitomizes all that the rural lifestyle encompasses. Visitors to Maramures have a unique opportunity to step back in time and bear witness to simpler times and simpler lives.
Maramures is a small and unique location in the geographical heartland of Europe that has carefully and distinctively preserved the culture, traditions and lifestyle of a mediaeval peasant past. The region stands as a testament to traditional; to a romantic era of simplicity, pride and moral values that many of us can only now read about or hear from our grandparents.
Little has changed in the centuries gone by. Families remain in the same villages as their ancestors. Traditional skills and crafts are passed down from generation to generation. Traditional hand-woven clothing continues to be practical. The church continues to be the soul of the village. Neighbours know one another and continue to lend a helping hand.
Life in Maramures is like a mystery. Visitors to Maramures drive through mountain passes and descend into the valleys of life where the mystery of rural traditions unfolds before the visitor as a living museum that is at once within reach yet simultaneously beyond the grasp of the whimsical traveller.
Best of Maramures
- UNESCO Wooden Churches
- Săpânța Merry Cemetery
- Mocãniţa, the Steam Train on Vaser Valley
- Traditional Crafts
World Heritage Monuments
This route focuses on the UNESCO World Heritage wooden churches in Maramureş County but can be enjoyed simply as an excursion throughout the county in order to bask in the great outdoors and take in the stunning landscapes of the countryside. Additional times and distances are provided between UNESCO sites on the route.
Traditional Maramures culture is visibly embodied in the age-old crafts still practised in the region. Hat-makers, wood crafters, weavers, potters, blacksmiths and millers can be visited, not as tourist attractions or living museums, but as skilled individuals continuing their crafts, where elsewhere the art has died out.
Good to Know
Visa in not needed for EU citizens. Everyone else need a visa.
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The village of Săpânța, located just 4 kilometres south of the Ukrainian border is world-famous for its original “Merry Cemetery”: a special kind of graveyard, with wooden crosses painted in vivid colors. A particular blue, called „Sapanta blue” rules over all the other colors.
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