Maramures is dominated by a landscape of mountains and rolling valleys. The Gutai, Lapus, Tibles Maramures and Rodnei Mountains are cut by passes named Huta, Gutai, Prislop, Setref, and Botiza. Three large valleys cross the region: Viseu, Iza and Mara. The Rodnei Mountains National Park, a natural reserve filled with a rich diversity of flora and fauna, has been awarded biosphere status by UNESCO.
The Barsana Monastery church is one of the tallest wooden church in Romania, having 57m height.
The cemetery it’s called that way with good reason. Each grave is marked, not with an austere, cold stone, but with a lively, beautifully carved wooden cross, painted in the radiant blue of heaven and decorated with a painting and an original poem that disclose a little something about the life and character of the plot’s eternal inhabitant. Some of the verses are wickedly funny, others are more whimsical. Some are heartbreaking, telling of lives tragically cut short by accidents or illnesses.
The name of the lake comes from its green-blue color that offers visitors a picturesque landscape – and lots of photo opportunities. However, the lake changes its color depending on the light or on the number of people that swim in it, making it a unique place. Due to the sulfides it contains, the lake has a green color with a pale touch of blue, but it becomes blue when several people swim in its waters.
Not to miss.
2. The unique Merry Cemetery and the Wooden Church from Sapanta;
3. Vaser Valley with “Mocanita”- the narrow-gauge forest steam train – from Viseu de Sus;
4. The Rodnei Mountains National Park, a natural reserve filled with a rich diversity of flora and fauna;
How to get there.
The closest airports are located in Baia Mare (10 km) and Cluj-Napoca (150km). From Bucharest Otopeni Airport it is a road distance of 600 km (aprox. 8 hours drive).
From Bucharest and any other major city, there are trains that go to Baia Mare and Sighetu Marmatiei.
The destination is also reachable by car, being located on the E58 European road if you drive from Cluj, or E81 European road if you drive from Targu Mures and Bucharest. The best way to travel inside Maramures would be to drive to the main locations and then to have some walks (or bike rides) in the rural area, through the villages and between them.
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