Hidden Villages of Călata 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, waiting to be discovered on two wheels.

This cycling trip will take us through forgotten villages and can be regarded as an ethnographic journey, giving you an insight into the local wood craftsmanship and traditions. Nonetheless it is a feast for the eyes as all along the route we will take glimpse of  the panoramic views of the green rolling hills and the mountains which are surrounding them. 

Route : Mănăstireni - Văleni - Călata - Sâncraiu - Săcuieu - Bologa - Sâncraiu - Mănăstireni - 60 km (37 miles)

We will start cycling on a winding road with beautiful views of the Vlădeasa mountains, then the trip will continue on smooth roads with long descents and nice climbs offering the photography buffs the chance to take perfect panoramic pictures. 

The history and architecture lovers will be taken by surprise by the 13th century medieval fortified churches found in the mostly Hungarian villages of Mănăstireni, Văleni and Sâncraiu. 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.



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


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

Distance:55km | Ascent:670m | Descent:670

Starting from Cluj

Car transfer to Mănăstireni ~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

6-8 h

* 1 pers - €95

2 pers - €75/pers.

3-6 pers. - €60/pers.

* One person tours can be arranged with maximum one week prior to the date of the ride

Book your trip anytime between April and October

Please check our reservation calendar before booking a tour.