Trekking in the countryside: sheepfoldsfrom
Are you curious to see how shepherds live up in the mountains? Do you like hiking? Let’s combine them!
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Not far from Sibiu, at the bottom of the Cindrel and Lotru mountain ranges (Carpathians) there lays a picturesque area called Mărginimea Sibiului. 18 traditional Romanian villages form this idyllic area.
The people in this area lived hard and difficult times, but they were wise and hardworking. Breeding animals has always been their main occupation. Transhumanţa is a practice still preserved in Cindrel mountains. They were also good craftsmen but, today, because of depopulation and new technologies just a few have remained – many of them senior people who love their traditions and try to pass them on – leather men, blacksmiths, carpenters, weavers or icon glass painters, dairy producers, local farmers.
A trip in Mărginimea Sibiului is a trip in time, in times for long forgotten, when the carriages pulled by horses were the main means of transport, a trip in a place “far from the madding crowd”, far from the noisy cars and far the polluted cities! In the villages from Mărginimea Sibiului, in the summer you are woken up early in the morning by the hens cackling and the cows’ bells as they idly walk along the little streets heading towards the pastures around the village. But wakening up like this is much more pleasant than the morning alarm…
For us, a day at work seems to pass so slowly… a day in Sibiu countryside seems like flying away, like a beautiful dream… Apart from the enchanting landscape, there are so many other things that make this area so special…
The inhabitants, for example. The statement « the man is the one who blesses a place » is perfect in this case. We suggest you a walk through the most beautiful villages; our trekking will be above one of these villages – we’ll go up in the pasture areas where you can see the shepherds cabins and the sheepfolds, listen to the sheep happily grazing and the dogs barking suspiciously at every strange noise.
On our way back we can stop in an orchard just above the village and enjoy a delicious meal at the shepherd’s cabin. We can taste different types of chees prapred by him, his berry brandy and wine.
It will be quite a day!
The tour includes:
- Trekking tour in the sheepfold area, close to Sibiu
- A delicious local snack
This tour needs no description as it is pretty hard to find the right words to describe the experience, the nature, the view… the taste of the food.
Sometimes, pictures are easier instruments… They can speak more than a thousand words!
We’ll start the trekking tour from a village close to Sibiu and we’ll come back in the same village. The tour might last 4-5 hours – it also depends on you, we don’t need to hurry, we can take time enough to enjoy the tour and have picture breaks. At the end of the tour we’ll stop at the shepherds’t cabin, right above the village to have our tasty lunch.
Yes, even though this is a moderate tour, not very challenging you need trekking shoes, possibly poles, sun hat, sunglasses, raincoat. Bring some water and snacks, we can have breaks to enjoy the view.
If you have food restrictions or if you’re vegetarians, please let us know in advance .