Oct 29, 2019 - Oct 30, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Baia Mare is the largest city in the historic Maramures region of Romania. It sits at the foot of the Gutai Mountains and boasts lively cafes, friendly people, and an interesting medieval past, evident in its main town square, Piata Libertatii. Stephen's Tower is a 120-foot-tall Gothic-style watchtower that sits above the square. Other highlights of Baia Mare include an open-air food market in Piata Izvoarelor, four museums featuring art, minerals, archaeology, and Baia Mare's traditional wooden houses.
Search Skyscanner to find cheap hotels in Baia Mare at the best rates in the areas you want to explore. Some nearby attractions include the Gutai-Ignis natural reserve, the unique wooden churches in Surdesti, and Rodnei Mountains National Park, a nature reserve that has been given biosphere status by UNESCO. You may want to rent a car in Baia Mare to get around on your own and experience the beautiful countryside or continue on to Bucharest (330 miles away) or Budapest in Hungary (235 miles away).
While traveling abroad, some tourists enjoy the comforts they've become familiar with at certain hotel chains. There are a couple of Baia Mare hotels that are affiliated with a brand name. The Hotel Ambassador is centrally located on one of Baia Mare's main streets in the heart of the city. Their on-site restaurant offers both local and continental cuisine. Enjoy a sauna, massage, and fitness center at this hotel. Prices begin at $39 a night, with breakfast included.
For fans of Best Western hotels, look no further than the Eurohotel in Baia Mare. There's an indoor pool, restaurant, free buffet breakfast, and free WiFi and parking. A standard room here costs about $48 per night. Baby-sitting and an on-call physician are desirable perks at this hotel if you're traveling with the family.
There are, of course, local hotel rooms available in Baia Mare in lovely locations and at an excellent value. Find a listing on Skyscanner such as Pension Cremona, where you can book a double room for just $31 a night and be situated in a central yet peaceful part of the city, just 1/3 of a mile from its center. This hotel offers a swimming pool, pretty garden, parking, and table tennis for guests. The beautiful Hotel Carpati is a short walk away from Stephen's Tower and is an especially perfect spot for a couple's stay. With a restaurant, free parking and WiFi, terrace, gardens, and fitness center, this small hotel's rates begin at $57.
Stay near the airport and still be within three miles of the city's monuments, museums, and parks at Hostel Hora, where you can book a room with a private bath, room service, bathrobes, and an on-site restaurant at rates staring at $23 per night. You have access to barbecue grills, and can book a massage at this smoke-free hostel that has just 14 rooms.
The city's development on the middle course of Săsar River, in the middle of a plateau with a warm Mediterranean-like climate, has facilitated living conditions since the Palaeolithic. During the Bronze Age the region was inhabited by Thracian tribes. Later, it was included in the Dacian Kingdom formed by the King Burebista when the mining exploration began, as the area is rich in gold and silver. Baia Mare is first mentioned in written documents released by Charles I of Hungary in 1328 under the name of Rivulus Dominarum (English: Ladies' River). Later, in 1347 the town is presented in documents by Louis I of Hungary as an important medieval town with a prosperous mining industry. Its rules of organisation were characteristic of the free towns of that time. In 1411 the town and its surrounding areas, including the mines, were transferred into the property of the Hunyadi family by Sigismund, King of Hungary (later also Holy Roman Emperor), who recognised Janos Hunyadi's contribution to stop the Turkish invasion of Europe. The town entered in a period of prosperity, when St. Stephen Cathedral was built. Today the cathedral tower is one of the best-known of the town's historic landmarks (see Stephen's Tower). The first school, named Schola Rivulina, was opened in Baia Mare in 1547 by the Reformed Church following the Protestant Reformation. The city is situated about 600 kilometres from Bucharest, the capital of Romania, 70 kilometres from the border with Hungary and 50 kilometres from the border with Ukraine.