Why should you visit Maramures
- The Merry Cemetery. The village of Sapanta is well-known for its unique cemetery, where the crosses are beautifully coloured, and share tales from the life of the deceased through funny, satirical poems.
- Regardless of the season, the landscapes in Maramures are always stunning.
- Once you arrive in Sighetu Marmatiei, make sure you visit the Memorial to the Victims of Communism and of the Resistance.
Our specialists ‘must do’
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.
A little more about Maramures
Aside from the farmland, the countryside here is largely untouched and large swathes of forest are home to bears, wolves and lynx. Indeed 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.
When to go
The best times to visit Maramures, are the early Spring from March to June and then late Summer, September and October.