Land of Calata - 4 Days Tour
This 4 days cycling tour will take us through the beautiful land of Calata at the foothills of the Vlădeasa Massif and will give us the chance to discover one of Romania’s least explored ethnographic regions in which centuries old Romanian and Hungarian traditions are still kept.
Day 1 - Cluj - Aghireșu - Leghia - Mănăstireni - Văleni - Călata - Sâncraiu ~50km (31 miles)
Day 2 - Sâncraiu - Mărgău - Săcuieu - Bologa - Morlaca - Brăișoru - Sâncraiu ~47km (29 miles)
Day 3 - Sâncraiu - Domoșu - Jebucu - Almașu - Petrinzel - Stana ~44km (27 miles)
Day 4 - Stana - Petrindu - Cuzăplac - Zimbor - Gâlgău Almașului ~45km (28 miles)
While the pristine nature and the Transylvanian rolling hills will follow us everywhere during our ride, each day we will discover something new. On day one of the trip we will visit some of the 13th century medieval fortified churches found in the hidden villages of this region. Their interiors, particularly their ceilings coffered with hand painted wooden panels are unique and cannot be found anywhere else in Transylvania. On day two we will get a taste of the mountains and after a not very demanding 8 km climb you will love 40 km of beautiful descent. Along the route you will discover the ruins of a 14th century medieval fortress and an old watermill with a traditional whirlpool.
Day three and four will give us an insight on the wood craftsmanship of the Calata region as along the route, in villages, we will discover wooden gates adorned with floral motifs and the houses’ beautifully adorned wooden gable roofs. We will finish our trip, on day four, in the Garden of the Dragons, a unique geological natural reserve consisting of bizarre shaped rocks, after having visited some of the Romanian heritage 18th century wooden churches.
First day highlights:
- Calvinist fortified, 13th century churches of Mănăstireni and Văleni
- Home Museum with traditional rooms in Sâncraiu
Second day highlights:
- Apuseni Mountains landscape
- Ruins of a 14th century medieval fortress in Bologa
- The old watermill in Bologa
Third day highlights:
- Remote villages of Petrinzel and Stana
- The Crows Fortress - Varjuvar
Fourth day highlights:
- Romanian heritage 18th century wooden churches
- Garden of the dragons - Grădina Zmeilor
- fully equipped bikes
- 3 nights accommodation
- 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
- fruits, nuts, snacks and water during riding
- car transfer in the first and last day
Starting from Cluj
Car transfer to Nădășelu~20 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
2-3 pers - 590 euro/pers.
4-6 pers. - 490 euro/pers.
Single supplement - 60 euro