Land of Calata - 4 days tour - self-guided

This 4 days tour will take you through the land of Calata, an ethnographic region in which Hungarians and Romanians have lived together for centuries influencing each other's customs, traditions and language. By taking this tour you will have a truly off the beaten path experience in Transylvania, visiting remote villages and riding through tranquil, green valleys where only the sheep flocks disturb the silence.

Route

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 will follow you everywhere during your ride, each day you will discover something new. On day one you 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 you 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 you an insight on the wood craftsmanship of the Calata region as along the route, in villages, you will discover wooden gates adorned with floral motifs and the houses’ beautifully adorned wooden gable roofs. You will finish your 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

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • fully equipped bike
  • helmet
  • tools
  • medical kit
  • panniers
  • bike lock
  • printed map
  • printed guide of the places to visit
  • Bikemap app map + bike phone holder + external battery
  • arrangements for accommodation (3 nights), dinner, breakfast and sandwiches for the lunch, which you will have to pay when you arrive at the property
  • luggage storage in Cluj - Napoca

NOT INCLUDED

  • accommodation in Cluj - Napoca
  • tickets or donations

 

Starting from Cluj - Napoca

Suitable for any weather.

80 % asphalt - 20% gravel

190 euro/pers.

Book your trip anytime between April and October

Please check our reservation calendar before booking a tour.