Step back in time and admire the simpler times and simpler lives. Mythological richness, impressive landscapes, very ancient customs, an authentic living museum is the land of Maramures.
Facts & Figures
Located in northern Romania, Maramures County borders Ukraine to the North, with the Tisza river making up a natural 62-km long border, Suceava County to the East, Satu Mare to the West and the counties of Cluj, Salaj and Bistrita Nasaud to the South. Maramures County area accounts for 2.64 percent of Romania's.
The mountain area covers 43 percent of the Maramures County total area, with Rodnei Mountains and Pietrosul Massif, the highest in the Eastern Carpathians (Pietrosul Mare Peak of 2,303 m) and the volcanic area with Gutai and Tibles Mountains (1,300-1,800 m)
Beauty assumes many forms. For most travelers, the enduring traditions of Maramures becomes an unforgettable experience. The northwestern Romanian region of Maramures is home to many villages where century-old traditions are still part of daily life. The inhabitants of this area have preserved, to an amazing extent, the rural culture and crafts of their Dacian ancestors
-Food and drinks
It is a Maramures custom to welcome travelers and guests with homemade breads and a small glass of horinca - a traditional double-distilled local plum or other fruit brandy.
For Easter, baskets covered with towels adorned with flowers containing red painted eggs, ‘pasca’ (a sweet cheese cream cake) and braised lamb - are brought to the local churches to be blessed before the traditional Easter lunch.
On Christmas night and on New Year's Eve, all the members of the family must eat a slice of pork jelly (called piftie in Romanian).
-Cultural heritage and richness of landscapes
Maramures area is so rich in tourist offers, that the only thing missing is the sea. Otherwise, the region covers everything from trips to the mountains and extreme sports to cultural and religious tourism like churches, museums and lot more.
Time to spend
Minimum 5 days.
The Wooden Churches of Maramures, the narrow-gauge steam train, the wooden architecture and rural lifestyle of the traditional Maramures villages, the unique Merry Cemetery in Sapanta with its colorfully decorated wooden crosses, the glacier lakes, waterfalls, volcanic mountains, caves and the geological reserve of Creasta Cocosului, skiing, hiking, are just some of the many possibilities
6,304 sq km. Number of towns and cities: 13, two of which are municipalities: Baia Mare and Sighetu Marmatiei; Number of rural towns: 63; Number of villages: 226
Pietrosu Peak is the highest peak in the Rodna Mountains with 2303 meters. It is also the highest peak in the chain of the Eastern Carpathians
The best period to visit Maramures is between April and Octomber and in December
Maramures climate is temperate continental, with differences of temperatures and precipitation between the high mountainous area and depressions; the winters are cold with lot of snow