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Maramures, typical countryside near the village Poienile Izei, Romania

Maramures

Aside from the farmland, the countryside here is largely untouched and large swathes of forest are home to bears, wolves and lynx.

Maramures is one of the remotest corners of Europe allowing the region to cling to its traditional past. While modern concrete houses are in evidence there are still plenty of beautiful timber houses each with its own well and vegetable patch.

Farming methods here are still very simple – a common sight being men and women scything by hand in the fields, and building huge picturesque hayricks. For the active, there are plenty of chances to walk and cycle. For the more sedate there can be no better place in Europe to pack a picnic basket and find a sunny spot in a field full of wildflowers and let the day drift by.

Experiences

It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

The Village of Breb

Spend a few days in Breb, a strongly traditional village and a great base from which to explore the region of Maramures. See Europe’s last remaining peasant culture.

Merry Cemetery

Visit the cemetery, well-known for its unique, beautifully coloured crosses, and share tales from the life of the deceased through funny, satirical poems.

Barsana Monastery

Visit the all-wooden Orthodox monastic complex of Barsana, a popular Maramures pilgrimage site.

Iza Valley

Drive down the Iza Valley to explore the peasant villages nestled into the hillside, almost all featuring elaborately carved wooden gates and traditional wooden churches.

Merry Cemetery, Maramures, Romania travel
Maramures, Romania
Maramures, Romania, Wooden church of Barsana monastery
Maramures, Romania
Barsana Wooden Monastery, Maramures, Romania
Maramures, Romania

Traditional Romania

Romania’s most traditional region Maramures, up in the north-west of the country, is a land of steepled wooden churches, villages where peasant culture thrives, wooden horse carts rattle down the roads, and matters great and small are discussed over glasses of fiery homemade horinca.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
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Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.
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