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.
We will start the trip high in the mountains where we will transfer you by car from Cluj. The return trip to city will be in the morning of the 4th day when we will take you back to Cluj from the village of Stana, the place where we'll spend the last night.
Day 1 - Mărișel - Beliș - Râșca - Mănăstireni - Văleni - Călata - Sâncraiu ~50km (31 miles)
Day 2 - Sâncraiu - Săcuieu - Bologa - Morlaca - Hodișu - Fildu de Sus - Stana ~61km (38 miles)
Day 3 - Stana - Petrinzel - Almașu - Cuzăplac - Arghișu - Ticu - Stana ~42km (26 miles)
Day 4 - Transfer back to Cluj
While the pristine nature and the Transylvanian mountains and rolling hills will follow us everywhere during our ride, each day we will discover something new. On day one of the trip we will enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery of the Apuseni mountains, where we'll spend half a day riding mostly downhill and then we'll enter the ethnographic region to visit some of the 13th century medieval fortified churches found in the hidden villages of this area. Their interiors, particularly their ceilings coffered with hand painted wooden panels are unique and cannot be found anywhere else in Transylvania.
Day two and three 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. Also tucked away between hills and in unspoiled scenery we will also come across the ruins of a 14th century medieval fortress, an old watermill with a traditional whirlpool and a heritage wooden church built in 1727.
First day highlights:
- Apuseni Mountains landscape
- 13th century fortified Calvinist churches of Mănăstireni and Văleni
Second day highlights:
- 18th century Romanian heritage wooden church in Fildu de Sus
- 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
- fully equipped bike
- 3 days of cycling
- 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 Mărișel on the first day ~1 hour. Car transfer from Stana to Cluj on the fourth day ~1 hour.
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