Apafi Manor Malancrav
Via Transilvanica: Malancravfrom
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Via Transilvanica in Transylvania Highlands
Everybody might have heard of the famous Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route, followed anually by thousands of travelers.
Well, in Romania we can say we have a similar route – Via Transilvanica. It is a new route that unites the northern part of Romania (Putna area) with the sounthern part (Drobeta Turnu Severin) crossing Transilvania – about 1400 km (870 miles). It is a wonderful project dedicated to all those who love to travel by foot, by bike or even in a horse saddle and to those who enjoy nature.
The route goes through picturesque mountain and hilly areas, forests and colorful pastures, it passes by amazing lakes and goes along rivers. It passes thorugh various towns and villages, all of them with great natural and cultural patrimony.
In the county of Sibiu, Via Transilvanica covers an area of about 100 Km (62 miles).
We invite you on a great trekking day on Via Transilvanica, with spectacular views, charming Saxon villages, local community experiences and local gastronomy.
The Transylvania Highlands is an area located in the northern part of the county of Sibiu. It is a region that preserves so well the authentic medieval landscape in Europe.
It is the largest protected area in Transylvania, with thousands of bird species nests, lots of species of insects and different plants. Transylvania Highlands is a region with high nature value farms, with extremely varied biodiversity, where traditional agricultural practices are preserved. It amazes with its idyllic villages, meadows with unique flowers, lakes and secular trees.
The tour includes:
- a visit in Malancrav – a former Saxon village with well-preserved architecture, a medieval fortified church and a former noble manor;
- a trekking tour partly on Via Transilvanica route
- lunch at a local farm in Floresti
Patrimony and Rural Life
Malancrav is a former Saxon village built in the 14th century. For many centuries it was in the property of different Hungarian noble families.
Today, it still preserves a lot of its former architecture, with colorful households. On the top of the hill, above the village, we shall visit the fortified church (a basilica built in Romanic style with an impressive fresco). We can also climb up its bell tower to enjoy the view from above: breathtaking!
Next to the church, there’s the Apafi Manor where the Hungarian noble families used to live. Taken by the communists and almost destroyed, the manor was totaly restored and rehabilitated about 20 years ago. Ever since, its a cosy quaint guesthouse. We’ll also have a walk through the apple tree orchard near the church and the manor: it has suhc a long history! Today, the little factory in the orchard produces around 30.000 l of natural apple juice. A refreshing delight!
Trekking on the hills
Trekking & Secular Oaks
After our cultural stop, we suggest a relaxing walk up, on the hills above the village of Floresti. It’s such a charming area famous for its biodiversity, revitalizing forests and large colorful pastures. This area is part of a national environment protection project due to its amazing secular oaks!
We’ll be far from the nosy cities, in the middle of the nature where there is no phone or Internet connection. A part of our trail is included in the Via Transilvanica route.
Lunch at the farm
Life at a Local Farm
At noon, we’ll enjoy a local lunch cooked by our hosts at a sheepfold, on the hills. We’ll taste different dairies and meat products made at the farm. We’ll learn more about the local life and we’ll enjoy the company of our hosts. It will be a memorable lunch break!
This tur can be done from Sibiu, Sighisoara or any other village/ town in the area. From Sibiu it’s a drive of about 1.3h. The drive is quite a relaxing one as we’ll admire the countryside, the area of the Transylvania Highlands.
We’ll spot different former Saxon villages with fortified churches, hills and valleys with lots of sheepfolds but also wildlife. This area is famous for its rich biodiversity.
We can pick you up from your accommodation site and then bring you back.
This is a tailor-made tour. According to your wish and preferences, we can change it.
We’ll try to include all the important ingredients for a great day in the countryside: walking trails, cultural visits, local community interaction, delicious gastronomy.
Yes, we suggest comfortable hiking outfit or, at least, trekking shoes.
We also suggest you to have a sun hat, sun glasses, raincoat, sunscreen, may a little snack. We’ll also bring a bottle of water.
Yes, it is a tailor-made tour and we’re happy to customize it according to your wish. Please let us know in advance.