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Maramures is one the best kept European secrets, a place where time hasn't moved for decades, a place where the traditions, the wooden art and the human kindness are well preserved. On this small surface are preserved 5 UNESCO listed wooden churches, a natural reserve also protected by UNESCO, about 60 villages and small towns, the only narrow gauge industrial steam train still in use in Europe, and many other attractions.
Close to the Ukrainian border, Maramures covers 3,381 square kilometres of valleys, beautiful villages, hills and mountains (up to 2,303 metres high).
Continental, average temperature in July, around 22 °C, in January, -5 °C. 200 sunny days a year.
From Budapest Ferihegy Airport, or from Bucharest International Airport.
From Bucharest, Timisoara and Cluj Napoca, trains daily.
Folowing E60 until Oradea (200 kilometres from Maramures), or by Satu Mare, Baia Mare, Bistrita, Suceava (all of them, Romanian cities).
Regular buses from Budapest, Timisoara, Arad, Oradea, Cluj Napoca, Satu Mare and Baia Mare.
Over there is just a railway which passes through Tisa and Viseu valleys (Sighetu Marmatiei-Valea Viseului-Viseu de Jos-Sacel-Salva). Another railway, narrow one, where runs the only logging train hauled by narrow gauge steam engines (760 mm) still in use in Europe, crosses the Maramureş Mountains, starting from Viseu de Sus town.
Is the best way to get around Maramures.
There are many local buses which link all the villages between. The timetable is changing often, and there are buses just twice daily.
Many restaurants in towns, not in the villages. Try "sarmale" or "mamaliga".
The local brand is "palinca", a strong (55 degrees) plum brandy, very clear and tasty.
|Amethyst Guesthouse||Cavnicului Street, No. 455||Guesthouse||-|
|Casa Muntean||Dumbrava st., no. 505 Vadu Izei||Guesthouse||88|
|Turist Suior Hotel||No.121 George Cosbuc Street||Hotel||-|
|The Village Hotel Transylvania||349, Breb Ocna Sugatag||Hotel||-|
In the towns and in Ocna Sugatag spa resort and Borsa ski resort, are hotels (two or three stars). In the villages are found about 460 pensions and homestays. Campings are found just at Sapanta and Ocna Sugatag. In Sighet is a hostel. Up, in the mountains are a couple of chalets.
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