Maramures: National Geographic Destination Of Choice In 2015
Maramures was included in the list of top 20 destinations to visit in 2015, recommended by the National Geographic Traveler Magazine.
The National Geographic Traveler has recently made up a Top 20 of the most beautiful places to visit this year, in which there is also a charming place from Romania: Maramures.
This northern area of Romania has been named by the magazine as the “Fearless old world.” In this legendary land of Maramures, century old traditions are still carried out everyday, traditions and practices which have been long lost in other parts of Europe. A very funny quote from the magazine comes from a certain Ion Pop, from the Maramures village of Botiza, who said that “my cows don’t like the taste of grass cut with the tractor, they prefer the one cut with a scythe, by my own hand.”
The world famous magazine talks about this beautiful region, way up north in the top of Romania. Here, life goes by, day by day, being lead by the seasons, weather and traditions. National Geographic did not forget to mention that this territory is also called “the land of wood”. All the tools used by the locals are made of wood and a must see when visiting her are the original Maramures wooden gates. These are masterpieces on their own, showing century old motifs and stories, all intricately carved with great skill.
The wooden churches of Maramures, listed in the UNESCO Wold Heritage list, tell “tales of faith and glory, of saints and sinners and of crime and punishment”, stories which simply come to life from the mural paintings decorating the wooden walls of these century old structures. One such church is from Ieud. Not only know for it’s amazing beauty, but it is also one the oldest still standing structures of Europe, made in 1364.
Amonst the main attraction of Maramures, listed by National Geographic, one of the most emblematic is the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta, faous for the lively colored wooden crosses which have funny tales written on them about the people who passed away. The magazine also recommends tourists to spend a night in the beautiful village of Breb, from where “they can admire the most beautiful image of the Mily Way” in atheir life.
National Geographic also offer those who wish to travel to Maramures some tips and advicee on what time of year is best for visiting and also where to stay, restaurants, things to buy and books to read in advance. To this, we would just like to add all the other unknown jewels of this great region. Come with us and visit the time old tradition of the whirlpool. Every village has one such whirlpool made from the local river, where all the families still come to wash their woolen Rugs.
Also, the people here have one of the most amazing traditions when it comes to love. When it comes to getting married, the women of the are show off their dowry int he front yard, in one the trees of the family. “The dowry tree” is a tradition only found here. it is unique to maramures. Come and see it with us in the Museum of Maramures Women from Dragomiresti.
Maramures sits among a very exclusive list of other sites, each more beautiful than the other. We hope you’ll visit all of them, but only after you have a home made brandy with us in maramures: Corsica, Medellín (Colombia), Koyasan (Japonia), Oklahoma City (SUA), Tunis (Tunisia), parcul arheologic Choquequirao (Peru), Hyderabad (India), Port Antonio (Jamaica), Taiwan, Zermatt (Elveţia), arhipelagul Mergui (Myanmar) şi muntele St. Michel (Franţa).
See you here soon!