Pensiunea Amethyst
(Surdesti - Maramures), Transylvania
website for reservations

When UNESCO designated parts of the Maramures Region in Northern Transylvania a WORLD HERITAGE site, it was aimed at protecting the stylized wooden architecture and its dramatic vernacular. Of particular appeal are the tall spires of Orthodox Churches that dot the area. Surdesti is a village with a traditional wooden church built in 1791 that until fifteen years ago had the tallest wooden spire in Europe (displaced by Barsana's modern version nearby). It is also in an old mining region with exceptional mineralogy specimens to be found.

UNIQUE APPEAL
This is a newly built pension run by an ex-miner with his own mineral collection. The inn is located near the 1791 church, hiking opportunities, and possible visits to local mines and the Mineralogy Museum 20 km away. The Costin family, owners of the pension, are supporters of local arts and crafts traditions with the IUGA Foundation.

LOCATION/ACCESS
Whether driving from the larger cities with airports at Baia Mare (20 km away) or Cluj-Napoca (170 km) or Timisoara (370 km ), you’ll enjoy well-traveled scenic roads. Located 9 km south of National Road #18.

SERVICE & ORDER
The check-in is informal. This is one place where English is not spoken fluently but foreign visitors seem to manage very well.

COMFORT
Clean with private bathrooms but austere in style with double rooms - double or single beds. A nice balconied terrace.

CULINARY QUALITIES
Good traditional home-cooking Romanian style by request.

Pensiunea Amethyst: website

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