Tourist destinations

In the North-West area of Transylvania the visitors are offered some of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Romania.

Bihor

The Apuseni Natural Park, characterized by karstic relief, is an excellent destination for a holiday together with family or friends. The mountains are accessible and in the winter you can ski, while in the rest of the year you can go hiking, biking or climbing.

In the same Bihor, you can also find Pestera Ursilor (the Bears Cave), with many traces and fossils of the cavern bear (Ursus spelaeus), a species extinct 15,000 years ago. There can be noticed a series of stalagmites and stalactites formations: Lacul cu nuferi (the Water Lily Pond), Mastodontul and Casuta Piticilor (the Mastodon and the Dwarfs House), Draperiile din Galeria Ursilor (the Bears Gallery Curtains), Palatele fermecate (the Magic Palaces), Pagodele (the Pagodas), etc.

Other places worth visiting are also Batranul Suncuius Cave (the Old Man Suncuius Cave), the Oradea Museum of Cris Rivers (one of the largest pavilion museums in Romania), Stana de Vale Resort and the Focul Viu (Living Fire) Cave.

Maramures

The most famous and visited tourist destination in Maramures is Sapanta. The Sapanta-Peri Monastery can be found here, where you can admire the tallest wooden church in the world. Thousands of tourists from all over the world come here to visit a place that by definition should be a sad one. An excursion into the Merry Cemetery will totally change your perception about this place.

A place that should be included in every tourist’s itinerary is Cailor Waterfall (Horses Waterfall), located near Borsa. It has a height of 40 meters and is one of the highest and wildest waterfalls in Romania.

Here are other destinations that are worth considering when you visit Maramures: Vaser Valley (where “mocanita” – the funicular railway, the famous steam locomotive, circulates), Iza Valley, Barsana (with Barsana wooden Church and Barsana Monastery), the Cavnic resort (with two ski tracks), Surdesti wooden Church, etc.

Salaj

Salaj City attracts tourists by means of at least two interesting destinations. The first one is the Dragons’ Garden, a geological reservation formed of giant rocks with spectacular shapes. The most impressive are the “Dragon” and the “Dragon’s Mother”, two formations that look like prisms.

The second tourist attraction where you can stop is Porolissum Fortress, the largest and best preserved archaeological site of our country. The Porolissum Fortress is a military centre built in 106 B.C. with the main purpose to defend the passage from the Carpathian Mountains to Dacia Porolissensis.

Bistrita Nasaud

Tausoarele Spring can be found on the territory of this county, the deepest cave in the country (478.5 meters).

You can also visit: Sangiorz-Bai (a balneal resort famous for its mineral springs) the Evangelical Church of Bistrita, Arcalia Dendrology Park (houses over 150 species of trees from various parts of the world), the area Piatra Fantanele, the glacial lakes Small Lala and Big Lala, Ciceu Fortress ruins, the Coopers’ Tower of Bistrita (the only remaining tower of Bistrita medieval citadel).

Satu Mare

In the recent years, the list of tourist attractions in the region has increased significantly.

In these places towns with thermal waters springs can be found (Acas, Moftin, Ghenci, Beltiug); you can also make a halt in the recreational areas (Homoroade, Crucisor, Tiream, Noroieni Padure), at the Satu Mare Museum of Art, but also at the “Vasile Lucaciu” Memorial House.

The list with tourist objectives in this county can be completed with the Carei Monument, the Gothic Church of Acas and “Ady Endre” Memorial House.

Cluj

The most beautiful and complex botanical garden in south-eastern Europe can be found within this county. The Cluj-Napoca Botanical Garden covers an area of ​​14 hectares of rugged terrain. Trees and plants from all continents can be found here.

Other tourist attractions that visitors can discover on this places are: Turda Salt Mine, Baile Someseni (Someseni Baths), Baile Cojocna, Turda Keys (with Calastur Cave, Bats Cave, Cuptorului Cave – Furnace Cave), the balneal resort Baile Baita (known since the Romans time), the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania.

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