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The Meziad Cave is one of the longest caves in Romania, with a length of nearly five kilometres and having more underground levels. Meziad is also one of the first arranged and electrified caves in our country for tourists’ access.
The Meziad Cave, declared a natural monument and a speleological reservation, is only three kilometres away from Meziad village, Remetea commune of Bihor, in western Apuseni Mountains, more specifically in Padurea Craiului Mountains.
You can easily go to Meziad Cave by following DN E-79, connecting Oradea with Varfuri town. Through Beius ramification, through downtown, you can get to Remetea village, by following Rosia – Alesd Road. From here, towards the Meziad village, a forest road, but passable must be followed.
At the end of the village, to the left, Pesterii Valley (Cave Valley) begins, which can also be accessed by car up to the chalet nearby. Only the last part of the journey, about one kilometre, should be crossed on foot.
The visitation schedule is from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 to 17 hours and you can only enter the cave accompanied by a guide.
The cave is at 400 meters altitude, where it awaits its visitors with a huge wide open mouth, about 15 meters high and about 10 meters wide.
Perhaps the most appreciated by visitors is the cave area where the two underground levels are one over the other (overlap one another), in the so-called Podul Natural (Natural Bridge) portion, where the cavern is up to 35 meters.
Regarding the two levels, the first, the lower one, stretches on 1.5 kilometres, and the second one is over 3 km long.
At the lower level, in the first 400 meters, 20 meters high, spacious and impressive rooms open up. Then the cave narrows suddenly in front of delighted visitor’s eyes, ending with two difficult to cross galleries, where the access as a simple tourist is banned anyway because you can get lost.
The second gallery, the upper one, is divided into three distinct areas: the Descendant Gallery, the Galena Junction and the third with a meaningful name, Gatul Dracului (Devil’s Throat), all making the connection to the lower gallery.
Thanks to these special features, people from ancient times found shelter in the welcoming cave. In addition, the fierce cave bear left its mark on the huge grotto.
Nowadays, bears have disappeared from the cave, but instead it attracts thousands of tourists, and the only wild creatures that still inhabit Meziad cave are the bats.
The nocturnal creatures have taken total hold of a part of the grotto, which is now called the Bats Room and they can be seen hanging from the ceiling and the stalactites.
Note that any tourist can enter the cave without special equipment, preferably accompanied by a… flashlight.
Images from Meziad Cave
- 1 “Mihai Viteazul” (Michael the Brave) – rural celebration
- 2 “La fântâna dorului” (At the Sorrow Fountain) – folk festival
- 3 The Onion Festival
- 4 Negreni Fair
- 5 The Grapes Ball
- 6 Folklore and folk art afferent to the tradition of Beius Fair
- 7 The Slovakian Potatoes Holiday
- 8 Aeternus Maramorosiensis – Medieval Festival of Sighetu Marmatiei
- 9 The “Salajean Village” Festival – Porolissum
- 10 Autumn on Ierului Valley