Hidden Villages of Călata - Full Day Trip

Away from the prying eye, 40 km away from Cluj and so little known to the large audience, lies the ethnographic region of Călata so unexplored, just waiting to be discovered on two wheels.

This cycling trip can be regarded as a fortified churches tour, quite unusual to the Cluj area, or as an ethnographic journey giving you an insight into the local wood craftsmanship and traditions and nonetheless a feast for the eyes as all along the route our eyes will be delighted with panoramic views of the green rolling hills.

Route : Ardeova - Mănăstireni - Văleni - Călata - Sâncraiu - Domoșu - Horlacea - Nearșova - Izvorul Crișului - 47 km (29 miles)

We will start cycling on a winding road with beautiful views of the Vlădeasa massif which will be safeguarding all of our trip from the distance, offering the photography buffs the chance to take perfect panoramic pictures.

The architecture lovers will be taken by surprise by the 13th century medieval fortified churches found in the mostly Hungarian villages of Mănăstireni, Văleni, Sâncraiu, Domoșu and Izvorul Crișului. Built on hilltops they are overlooking the surrounding areas with their massive white towers. Prepare to be amazed by their decorated interiors especially by their ceilings coffered with hand painted wooden panels.

Apart from the old churches, the beautifully adorned wooden gable roofs and the traditionally hand painted wooden furniture give an insight on the identity and cultural heritage of the area.

To finish our trip on a high note we will return to the car cycling through a secular oaks plateau, while the scenic views of the Vlădeasa Mountains fade away into the distance.


  • guide
  • fully equipped bikes
  • car transfer
  • fruits, nuts, snacks and water


  • lunch is not included, but can be arranged at your request.


Starting from Cluj

Car transfer to the vicinity of Izvorul Crișului~40 minutes.

Suitable for any weather. If it happens to rain heavily, small modifications of the route could be made.

80% asphalt - 20% gravel and off-road

6-8 h

1 pers - 85 euro

2 pers - 75 euro/pers.

3-6 pers. - 60 euro/pers.

Book your trip anytime between April and October

Please check our reservation calendar before booking a tour.