What you should not miss

The counties of the North – West region of Transylvania is proud of having a lot of tourist attractions and top destination which offer the visitors unforgettable memories. But there are also less known tourist objectives, extremely beautiful and attractive which should not be missed by the tourists.

Here are some masterpieces of the counties of Maramures, Satu Mare, Salaj, Bihor, Bistrita-Nasaud or Cluj bequeathed from the nature or from the skilful hand of our ancestors, which are not known to the public but which can impress.

Laguna Albastra (the Blue Lagoon) (Cluj)

Laguna Albastra (the Blue Lagoon) is situated in the area of Aghires, a commune located at tens of kilometres from Cluj and is one of the most spectacular natural lakes of Romania.

Naturally formed on the spot of a kaolin exploitation and surrounded by sand dunes, the Blue Lagoon is one of the natural attractions still not properly exploited from the tourist point of view in our country, but deserves to be visited and admired. The view delights the eyes of the viewers through the original colour contrast offered by the blueness of the lake and by the spectacular flora around.

Cimitirul Vesel de la Sapanta (Maramures)(The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta)

No tourist should pass through the Maramures county without visiting the most interesting cemetery in the country –the Merry Cemetery of Sapanta.

Built in the years 1930, the name  quite paradoxical resulted due to the merry and optimist colouring that we can find on the wood crosses from the cemetery and due to the satirical and epitaphs written on the graves. The merry is given by the powerful colours of Sapanta blue, green, red or orange to which verses in a funny and humoristic shade related to the deceased persons buried there are added.

This tradition of cheer up the graves with colours and verses came from a legend appeared on the period of Dacians, which was telling that the joy in front of death helps passing to the eternal life and to the meeting with the great Zalmoxis God.

Porolissum Fortress (Salaj)

The Porolissum Fortress, in the county of Salaj, has traces of the ex capital of the province Dacia Porolissensis, appeared during the time of Traian Emperor.

From the fortress or city that made history by the essential part had in defending the province and achievement of barters or exchanges with the neighbouring tribes, today you can still find ruins maintaining in an excellent shape. The Praetoria Gateway, the amphitheatre and the temple or the walls of some essential buildings of that time can be found and still admired at a distance of maxim 15 km from Jobou and Zalau.

The Bethlen Castle from Arcalia – Bistrita- Nasaud

The Bethlen Castle is situated in the county of Bistrita-Nasaud, in the village of Arcalia, and its existence stands for more than 150 years. It has been built  by a family of Hungarians and it survived along the years throughout many reconditioning and transformation works. Still, the Mauro-Byzantine architectural style keeps its authenticity even over the years. The Castle houses many conference rooms and a library.

Besides the merry and colourful aspect that the Castle has now, it is surrounded by a sensational dendrologic park, which deserves to be seen by the visitors of this region. More than 150 species of shrubs and trees from all over the world are exhibited in such “monumental garden”.

Biserica Reformata cu lanturi – Satu Mare(Chains Reformed Church of Satu Mare)

It stands since the 18th century and it is built during 9 years in an exceptional baroque style. The Reformed Church is one of the most beautiful and impressive tourist attractions of the county.

The denomination of ‘chains’ has been added due to the forged chains connected to the pillars surrounding the Church. Both the interior and the exterior keep the original specific in spite of the multiple renovation works.

Although it is not very known as tourist objective, no tourist circuit including Satu-Mare should not exclude this church.

Pestera Scarisoara (Bihor) (Scarisoara cave)

The Scarisoara Cave is one of the most interesting caves in Romania and it is unique in Europe for the glacier it houses inside.

It is situated in the Bihor county, near the village Garda. It is located at the 1200 metres above sea level and has several chambers: the Big Hall, the Sanziana Palace, the Cathedral, the Church etc.

What is amazing about this cave is that the glacier that houses inside is present the whole year, the inside temperature being always constant. Besides, the entrance in the Big Hall of the glacier can be done through stairs built in a vertical passage, at a depth of 48 metres underground.

Although the existence of the glacier inside is known, the cave is less visited by the tourists arriving in the North East of Transylvania. But it definitely deserves to be visited because you have the chance to see an unique phenomenon in Europe.