Podina Resort is situated in the center of Ungureni village, between Satra Mountain and Tibles Mountain. Situated at 20 km from Targu Lapus and at 61 km from Baia Mare, Podina Resort is a location easy to access by the tourists from all over the place.
Maramureş is one of the most beautiful areas in the world. Here the customs and traditions are kept saintly from one generation to another.
The woodcraft tradition is still present and every Maramureș person is proud of it. Who hasn’t heard of our churches that go up high the sky, of the well-known Maramureș gates, of the houses of Maramureş villagers with windows as big as a hand, covered with shingles, which still remember of the the past tradition and time.
Here in Maramureş tradition is well kept. You still see nowadays people dressed in traditional costumes while working on the land or going to church
Christmas Traditions: In Maramures, on Christmas light does not go out all night and no house is left uncollected. Here we find beautiful customs, loaded with meanings, which people from all the ravines come to admire to enjoy a true Christmas.
Christmas in here is a unique experience, which will not be forgotten. People’s hospitality and kindness, delicious dishes, beautiful scenery, and most of all the unique traditions from this area of the country will be the elements of a fairy holiday.
The Christmas Eve in Maramures is celebrated through two very well spread traditions: pig slaughtering and caroling. Pig slaughtering, the tradition with the deepest roots in Romanian culture represents an excellent moment for gathering all the villagers together and talking about past memories. The second tradition, caroling, is the way through which Christians wish each other all the best, and is one of the most important holidays. Even though on Christmas Eve only children go caroling, after the Christmas religious service the real feast begins.
Regarding the carols, is good to know that the people who go caroling enter only in the house which has the gates opened and the light turned on. These two signs announce the caroler that the host wants to receive the good news about the birth of Jesus Christ, and he is more than happy to offer food to the carolers.
Children who go with caroling are called pigeons or pizers. In popular faith, they are carriers of luck and happiness. The children's colts are short and are meant to hate the hosts who are waiting for them with their large tables and to announce the Feast of the Savior's Birth.
Traditions have an important place in the souls and life of this area, and that is why here every holiday is lived intensely, even if it is a cultural or a religious one. And the traditional costume is compulsory at the important religious holidays.
The traditional costume from Maramures has a number of sobriety, beauty and oldness elements
The shirt for women is woven in the house, in a handmade way, with the loom, from cloth of hemp and flax for working days and only from cotton for holiday days, in a wide range of combinations, proving the imagination and the native talent of women, transmitted from one generation to another. “Poalele” (the skirt from white cloth woven in the house, on which there are two “zadii”) are made from the same material as the shirt, wider and a little bit wrinkled at the waist.
For men the shirt is sewed from white cotton cloth, sewed in a simple way, with decorations at the neck and at the arms, with white or yellow silk. The sleeves are wide, long or three-quarter long, and they end with “cipca cu coltisori” (type of embroidery) at the holiday shirts.
Maramures, this fairy land of Romania, has gathered during the centuries the most beautiful things that the Romanian soul has, from the traditional culture to the old traditions, from the carols to the dances (“hore”) with knots, whose interpretation technique is not easy to handle by everyone.
Maramures is still full of people, who, to our greater joy, still respect the Romanian traditional costume, the dance and songs of the old singers (“ceterasi”).
Here the traditions are strictly kept from one generation to another.
The traditional music from Maramures is one of the most beloved ones from this area of Transylvania.
The reasons that make popular music in the Maramures area so loved by everyone.
The ubiquitous instrument in the songs from Maramures is the violin or the following, followed by the "zongura", a common guitar, which gives a special charm to the songs of Maramures. In the absence of instruments the rhythm is given by the tropotitle of his dance or by the beating of his hands.
One of the reasons why the traditional music is so loved is the way in which the artists from here fill the atmosphere, and their songs full of life.
The instrument present in every song from Maramures is the violin, or “cetera”, followed by a “zongura”, an ordinary guitar, this one giving a specific charm to Maramures songs.
When the instruments are missing, the rhythm is given by the dance tramping or hand clapping.
- Visit of a traditional house of Ungureni village
Visiting the Wooden Church “Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel” from Rogoz; it is one of the most interesting and valuable from Transylvania. The construction dates back in tradition, in 1663, moment sustained by the inscription from the entrance which evokes the Tartar invasion from 1661. This historical monument is written in the World Heritage List.
Visiting the wooden church of the village; it has a beautiful collection of wooden icons, exhibited on the balcony’s wall, some of which are very old, and a beautiful chandelier in the shape of a cross.
The Florean Museum
Distance: 30 km
Time: 0 h 30 min
The Fine Arts Exhibition in the open air of Florean Museum is situated in Poiana Soarelui, in a deciduous forest, from the area belonging to the village Cerneşti, on the right side of the road toward The Land of Lăpuş. Here we meet an area of more than 40 hectares, a unique park of monumental sculpture. The collection of the museum, which presently gathers approximately 10.000 pieces of contemporary art, coming from all the continents, have become in time a landmark of the cultural tourism from Maramures. Within the area of this museum there are organized annually three events: „Carbunari” Sculpture Camp, International Salon of Small Engraving and The International Experimental Film Festival.
The Florean Museum from Cernesti is one of the most important touristic areas from Maramures, which you should not miss if you are in the area near-by.
Saint Anne Monastery from Rohia
Distance: 24.7 km
Time: 0 h 33 min
St. Ana-Rohia Monastery was founded in 1923.
- The monastery church is open daily between 6 a.m and 23 p.m, where every Christian can enter for prayer.
For visiting the other religious and cultural places, the program is:
- on business days you can visit between 9: 00 and 16: 30
- on holidays can be visited between 12: 30 and 15: 30
- never visit during religious service
At “Saint Anne” Rohia, any believer, traveler or tourist, can visit both religious and cultural places. These are:
The BIG CHURCH with its dedication day on „The Assumption”;
THE CATACOMB CHURCH, with its dedication day on „Saint Nicholas”, which is on the basement of the new church and where one can find the Icon of the Mother of God, which is considered to be a miraculous icon;
THE CHAPEL , with the celebration day „Izvorul Tamaduirii” (The Healing Spring), where one could find a unique iconostasis in our country;
THE LIBRARY, which has approximately 40.000 volumes of books
N. STEINHARDT CELL (THE MONK NICOLAE FROM ROHIA), which is on the ground floor of The Poet’s House;
THE MONASTERY MUSEUM which is in the wooden church with the celebration day “Saint Anne”, church which is part of the Maramures Corner.
Bloaja Trout Farm and Fishing Lake
Distance: 39.5 km
Time: 0 hour 47 min
THE FISHING POND and relaxation area
BLOAJA TROUT FARM – has a terrace where you can eat a fresh grilled trout and other very good dishes (you can buy trout from here). It is a special place for the fishers who want to fish CARP in a specially fitted pond.
Ski in Maramures - Cavnic
Distance: 61.4 km
Time: 1 h 13 min
THE SKI AREA FROM CAVNIC – is situated next to the city bearing the same name, at the foot of the Gutai Mountain. For the city of Cavnic, a former mining place, first mentioned in 1336 , tourism is currently the main source of income.
In 2002, by the development of the ski slopes Icoana and Roata, Cavnic, considered to be the snow pole of Maramures, made it on the top list of ski resorts from Romania. The total length of ski slopes in this resort reaches 8,5 km. Depending on the snow thickness and the period when you visit the resort, you’ll find different parts of the slopes functionable.
Location: the two skiable areas from Cavnic (Icoana and Roata slopes) are located 200 m one from another – at the exit from Cavnic towards Sighetul Marmatiei, downstream of the river Cavnic.
If we were to recommend one from the two slopes, you should go at Icoana slope if you are a beginner, and at Roata slope is you are an intermediate or advanced.
At our clients’ request, we collaborate with professional ski instructors, who wish to offer high quality ski lessons to everyone, regardless of age and level of knowledge. Instructed ski monitors, for adapting each lesson to everyone’s needs, for a safe and unforgettable experience.
Alex- Mara Trout Farm
Distance: 89.1 km
Time: 1 h 50 min
At the exit of Mara towards Baia Sprie on the right side there is a beautiful trout. It is not an ordinary trout, with long basins, concrete and dry nets. Here the lake divided by some birds offers an ideal place for trout. Various forms of grout provide oxygenation of water. The ingeniously designed landscape is complemented by a cascade that, although artificial, stops you from the road. Including shore-side buildings are made with a great deal of taste. Threshing has a superb natural scenery, of rare beauty.
Distance: 84.6 km
Time: 1 h 49 min
For Christians the monastery was and still is a fort of prayer and confession, where entire generations want to achieve accomplishment, to know God and become unified with Him. Those who chose the monastery life are called to pray for the entire world and this is their main service for humanity. Because of them, the pray never ends on the earth, and this is the main help for the entire world, because the world lives due to the pray.
Along the years, the monastery passed through a number of challenges, as fires, rushing ins, foreign conquests, oppressions, but all of these could stop only temporary the monastery life and the continuous prayer for God. The monastery continues today the tradition of our ancestors, that of harmonic blending between work and religious services on the one hand, and on the other hand building the souls of the believers and praying. This is why the monks from the monastery do the religious services daily, the Holy Mass and the Praise as follows:
a) In the working days the services start at 7 a.m. with the reading of a Litany, The hours – The Third and the Sixth, and then the Holy Mass. In the evening, at 19 p.m. the Ninth Hour, then the Evening Service, the Matins and The First Hour.
b) On Sundays and religious Holidays, the religious services are done in the same order, but they begin in the morning at 9,30 a.m. and then at 17 p.m. in the afternoon.
c) In the days when there are Great Religious Holidays, the religious services are made after a different schedule, which is announced in advance.
d) On the Fridays during the Lent and the Nativity Fast from 19 p.m. The Holy Unction is done.
This holy monastery, full of the mystery of the Cross and the Resurrection of Christ in His Church, synthesizes between godliness and art, where the praying building of the handsome soul unites with the artistic work, builders of light made of stone and wood, Barsana - is an icon of the Orthodox Christian Christian soul at the crossroads of millennia, a hope for a blessed future, is a holy place where nature unites with the Church in cosmic Liturgy. Valea Izei is the land of the legend of the Romanian soul.
Beyond hills and forests, there is another geography - deeper - that of feelings. The foundation of all these - hills, forests, feelings - is faith, love and hope. Here in these places, people and things are reconciled with themselves, reconciled with themselves. The Barsana Monastery's holy lodge approaches once more Valea Izei de Dumnezeu. A monastery of nuns is the beginning of the rethinking of what was once, a hearth of orthodoxy in an authentic, "foot of heaven, on a mouth of heaven".
Here, as in other miraculous places in the country, we better understand the place of the Romanian nation, between God and the piece of earth. The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of Maramures and Satu Mare, the Monastery of the "Brotherhood of the Saints of the 12 Apostles" in Bârsana is located at 22, southeast of Sighetul Marmaţiei, at the exit from Bârsana to the Slătioarei bridge, where the spaces of Izei's broad groves strait to Stramura, being the most visible of Iza. From the 17 kilometer of the 186 County Road, passing beneath a beautiful Maramureş gate, the alley leads up to the monastery; the entrance to the proper backyard is made under the tower of the bell tower, beyond which, on the right side, the church touches the sky to the sky - until recently, the tallest wooden church in the world.
From the church starts the paved and flower-covered alley that leads to Stăreţie, a building built with a conquering architectural fantasy. On the green meadow on the left of the alley there is a summer shrine and an Aghiasmatar, the Voivode House, a remarkable creative transposition of the Maramures style of the wooden churches, and at some distance, the House of Artist - a charming little house designed to accommodate , for rest and creation, scholars and craftsmen of sacred beauty.
Behind the State and the side of the road there are cellars, workshops, archonerics, the trapeze hut and a number of household annexes, and in the south-eastern part of the monastery, in the immediate vicinity of the Bell Tower, there is the Museum of Icons and old book Gavril de Barsana. What fascinates at Barsana, beyond the spirit of the place of good monastic order, is the perfect stylistic unity and the flawless artistic sense that governs the entire settlement, along the lines of a tradition enriched by creative godliness.
The purity of the Barsana lines is like a eyebrow for the heart and the heart: filancia (love of beauty) dazzled in wood! The unusual impression of the vegetation in the "glorious glory" divides the eye with a kind of holiness as the beginning of the lead, and the "mouth of heaven" of the ballad suddenly acquires consistency and face. No discordant note in this harmony of holiness with beauty, in this wonderful synthesis of peasant genius and orthodox prayer: architecture, ornamental sculpture and iconography respond to each other without monotony, but without stridency, in a natural sharing, integrating even the most humble accessories, such as the bark, the cage or the towel.
By drawing to Barsana and enjoying the quiet of the welcoming spirit of the place, as a pilgrim or just as a tourist, the beauty is set on your own in the soul. In Barsana, Orthodoxy is worthy of its tradition, and the Romanian soul is breathing for its better appearance. It is proof that we can still answer the times on our tongue, with that essential simplicity by which faith and deed, married virgins, worthy to enter with the full lamps in the chamber of the Divine Bridegroom. Barsana Monastery is a gift and a blessing of God not only for the righteous people of Maramureş with ancient churches and hierarchs who have preserved the unity of the people and of their apostolic faith; but it is a gift and a blessing of God for the whole Romanian nation and the Orthodox Church martyred through the testimony given to Christ throughout the ages in its troubled history.
Vaser Valley and Mocanita
Distance: 91.6 km
Time: 2 h
The touristic period begins on March 22 2018, but special trains are organized occasionally, which are officially announced on their web page firstname.lastname@example.org , phone 0744 686 716
Built after The First World War only for transporting wood, Mocăniţa is still used – surprisingly – for its original purpose. Nowadays, despite of its old age, the steam locomotive was given another job: carrying tourists.
“Wood” and “water” are two words which best define Maramureş. The history, tradition, and the life of Maramureş people are curved in the wood of churches and gates, and many rivers are spread all around the area, like a spider web, forming well-known valleys: Mara, Iza, Vişeu and Vaser.
From these, a special interest for tourists has The Vaser Valley, which crosses The Maramureş Mountains in the middle of one of the most beautiful and wild sceneries from Romania. Vaser river is 60 km long, forming a spectacular valley, like a canyon, in which steep cliffs alternate with dense forests, with wonderful clearings springs with mineral water.
Tourists can go with the train all the way up, until the end of the valley, and back, enjoying the beauty of the nature. It is also possible for them to stop on the way, at one of the plenty stop-overs and begin a mountain trip.
The Merry Cemetery from Săpânța
Distance: 122.6 km
Time: 2 hours 22 mins
Visiting programm: daily between 10.00 and 18.00
The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery from Săpânța, Maramureș county, famous for the colorful tombstones, and ingenuous paintings depicting scenes from the life and the work of the people buried there. On some tombstones there are even lyrics, in which there are remembered, often in a humorous style, the respective people.
The uniqueness of this cemetery is the difference from the popular culture, which considers death as being a sad event. There is a hypothesis that Stan Ioan Pătraș got his inspiration from the culture of the Dacians, who, from Ovid Densușianu ahead, is believed that they thought that death was a happy event. From 1935 dates the first epitaph, and from 1960 ahead, the entire cemetery was populated with approximately 800 tombstones, carved in oak wood, becoming a unique open-air museum and a touristic attraction.
Țibleș Mountains are a mountainous group from The Maramureș and Bucovina Carpathians, belonging to the mountain range of The East Carpathians. The highest peak is Bran, with 1.840 m.
On the Ţibleş Mountain, on the highest point there is a Saint Cross, done with the blessing of His Grace Mitropolitan Archbishop Andrei and His Grace Bishop Iustin Sigheteanul, with the support of the townhall, and on the initiative and with the work of those 27 priests and monks from Groşii Ţibleşului. Its consecration was made at the end of August 2014 .
The stone monument in a cross shape, was done for remembering all the villagers from the two counties around the mountain, Maramureş and Bistriţa-Năsăud, who sacrificed for their true belief, and in the same time it is an acknowledgement of all the good things that the citizens from Groşii Ţibleşului and from the villages around the mountain experienced during their life.