marți, 3 noiembrie 2015

Maramures Christmas Calendar

In Maramures survive the best winter traditional customs still found across Europe.
If you are interested to see them, look below the list of events:

-20 December: "Christmas in Maramures". Event organised at Village Museum, Baia Mare. Traditional costumes, music, Carols, food and drink.
-24 December: "Christmas night". In all villages, children are performing Carols.
-25 December: "Folk play "Viflaimul" (religious play, with people nicely costumed), performed at 12 AM, after the Mass, in Viseu de Sus, Botiza and Ieud villages.
-27 December: Winter customs festival "Marmatia", in Sighetul Marmatiei. The oldest, greatest, most beautiful winter festival-carnival. Thousands of participants, dressed traditionally or wearing devil or animal masks. Starts at 12 AM.
-21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28 December: "Mocanita" steam train, through the snow. In every day mentioned are organised day trips (starting at 10 AM) on the Vaser Valley, from Viseu de Sus town.
For more info, you can contact

duminică, 13 septembrie 2015

Guided tours around Maramures

If you are interested to see the Maramures's best, join Maramures Tours.
The offer include visits to the best UNESCO wooden churches, the Merry Cemetery from Sapanta, Vaser Valley logging railway, traditional wooden gates and houses, self-sufficient little farms, craft workshops, water mills and alcohol distilleries, Sighetu Marmatiei's museums, waterfalls and beautiful point of views, among other sights. 
For more information, send an email at

duminică, 9 septembrie 2012

Vaser Valley trains and timetables

The train runs now only up to Paltin station (22 km upstream), not anymore at Faina or Valea Babii.
This year (2012), the regular trains will run until 28th of October (Thursday-Sunday, once daily, departs at 9 AM returns at 3 PM). The fares cost between 29 and 42 RON (7-9 euros).
During winter holidays, they will be special trains in 26, 29 and 31th of December, and 2th January.
Then, the 2013 season will start around 1th of May.
We can guide small groups or individuals on Vaser Valley: regular tours with the touristic train, or special trips (hiking, bear searching) running logging trains.

New: accommodation and guiding tours in Maramures

A new accommodation was opened in Sighet's area: Amizadil House, provides B&B to up to 4 guests. The website is Amizadil provides guiding tours in Maramures, for small groups.
They are also specialised in “off the beaten path” tours: isolated hamlets without electricity or road access, little known artisans, water powered flour mills, fulling mills, carding mills, laundries, alcohol copper stills for distilling local brandy, ancient customs or beliefs, traditional witchcraft, virgin nature, bear and wolf tracking searching, minerals searching, etc.
They can do all the necessary arrangements: reservations, accommodation, meals, transport and contacts.

duminică, 5 iulie 2009

UNESCO's World Heritage List: The Maramures wooden churches

UNESCO's World Heritage List: The Maramures wooden churches

In Maramures are found eight wooden churches inscribed in 1999 on World Heritage List. They deserve a visit, even some of them are not easy to find, due to the lack of street signs. Be prepared to search a while for the key (ask for the priest -"Popa" in Romanian or the key- "Keye") and don't forget: you can't take pictures inside of Maramures UNESCO's wooden churches.
-Barsana "Jbar" Church. Not to be confused with Barsana Monastery, situated at the other end of the village!It was erected after 1711 (the moment when the timbers were felled). Beautiful paintings dated in 1806. Under restoration since 1997, so, it can not be visited at this moment. The wooden and glass icons and some panels are displayed at Barsana's Monastery Museum. See the cherubs covered by eyes.
-Budesti "Josani" Church. The log structure was firmly dated from the winter 1642-43. Under restoration since 2008. Paintings by Alexandru Ponehalschi, from 1760-1762. Other attractions: some wooden icons painted in XV century, the Pintea the Brave outlaw chain mail (XVIII century) and the flag of Francisc II Rákóczi, a Hungarian ruler (XVIII century). In the courtyard, a megalith used in 1586 for some pagan rituals!
-Desesti wooden church.. Erected in 1780, painted by Radu Munteanu in the same year. Fully restaurated and visitable.
-Ieud "Deal" Church. Built between 1611-1621, painted by Alexandru Ponehalschi in 1782 (the frescoes are under restoration now). Lovely cemetery around.
-Poienile Izei Church. Built between 1604-1632, impresive frescoes depicting the Hell and the Last Judgement datated in 1793 (by Master Gheorghe).
-Plopis Wooden Church. Built in 1811, painted in same year by Master Stefan). See the Apocalypse.
-Rogoz Wooden Church.. Erected in 1661, painted in 1785 by Radu Munteanu. Regard the "horse heads" from the outer walls, interesting carvings on wood.
-Surdesti Wooden Church. Built in 1766, painted in 1783 by master Stefan. The tower is 54 meters high and the entire church, 72 metres! See the interesting tombstones from the cemetery.

duminică, 21 iunie 2009

Vaser Valley train and timetables

The work on heavily damaged railway which runs on Vaser Valley (pulled by "Mocanita" steam train), due to last July floods, is nearly finished.
The train runs daily in July and August, from Viseu de Sus railway station to Faina and Novat settlements, as follows:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday: to Novat (Departure 8,30 AM, arrival 12 AM).
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: to Faina (departure 8,30 aM, arrival 17 PM).
The tickets cost:
To Novat-25 RON the adults (6 Euros), 20 RON the students (5 Euros) and 15 RON the kids (nearly 4 Euros).
To Faina-40 RON the adults (10 Euros), 30 RON the students (over 7 Euros) and 20 RON the kids (5 Euros).
Children up to 10 years old will travel for free only accompanied by parents, and those up to 5 years old may travel for free.
Very important!
The timetable is just informative, expect delays!
The number of seats are limitated, if possible, make a reservation in advance.
On Vaser Valley they are no shops (except Faina), the toilets are without running water and the accomodation is difficult to find on your own.

duminică, 3 mai 2009

The festivals are going on

In the 26th of April, The Dragomiresti's Village folk festival has take place. It was a great event, with thousands of participants, hundreds of children full traditionally dressed and costumed horses!
Today, 3 of May, another great festival is taking place at the border between Maramures and Satu Mare counties ("Sambra Oilor" festival).
And, next Sunday, on 10th May, will be "Tanjaua” at Hoteni.
Everyone will be welcomed. Is a great oportunity to see ancient costumes, music and traditions, a great time for getting good pictures!