Nowhere will you better understand the essence of Maramureş than in the ecotourism destination of Eco Maramureş.
In an exceptional natural setting, the villages anchored in eternity, with their remarkable people, the old wooden churches and consciously preserved traditions, will fascinate you and deeply remain in your mind.
The excellent bicycle and hiking trails, plus the many possibilities of accommodation in traditional guesthouses, amplify any experience lived in this eco-destination.
You will discover the ecotourism destination of Eco Maramureş lost in time and space in the heart of Historic Maramures in the valleys of the Cosau and Mara rivers, majestically hidden south of the Creastea Cocoşului nature reserve. Perhaps the best way to understand this eco-destination is to walk by foot or ride a bicycle from one village to another.
Along this very pleasant road, you’ll cross unspoiled landscapes almost unchanged for centuries, unpaved roads, hills and fertile meadows, while observing the simple and ancient life of the country. You will meet shepherds and peasants on fields or elders sitting on a bench in front of the gate, happy to tell you something about the history of the place.
Going through this initiatory road, you should not overlook the houses with traditional architecture, today increasingly threatened by modernism, the traditional wood-carved gates, but especially the old wooden churches, like those of Budeşti Josani or Deseşti, both on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Vacations are always too short, but if you spend a few days here, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit a traditional craftsmen workshop or take part in the household chores of the boarding house where you stay. The spiritual life of Maramureş is full of rituals, especially around the great Christian feasts such as Christmas or Easter, when you have the chance to see the locals wear their traditional feasting costumes.
The Eco Maramureş ecotourism destination also offers many opportunities for an active holiday. Pack your backpack and hike the Creasta Cocoşului and if you prefer more adventure, you can try paragliding or climbing routes. Any visit to Eco Maramureş should also include tastings of traditional dishes and drinks.
As most locals are involved with traditional farming, here you will find many culinary delights based on natural products from their own households such as dairy products, meat, vegetables or fruits. Every meal will be accompanied by the traditional drink called horinca.
Complete part of or the entire Maramures Heritage’s Green Road , a beautiful 88 km long trail along which you can discover either on foot or by bicycle. This road brings together no less than seven protected areas and seven traditional villages, a truly remarkable destination.
- The easiest way to get to Maramures is to fly or take the train to Baia Mare, after which you can rent a car, a motorcycle or even a bicycle. The village of Breb is a good starting point to discover this region.
- Traditional pensions are found in most villages, most of them in Breb, Budeşti, Deseşti or Ocna Şugatag.
- Site: www.ecomaramures.com
- Bicycles can be rented in Baia Mare, on Str. Victoriei nr 3, and in Ocna Şugatag on Str. Unirii nr 87.