Babou Maramures (RO)
Campsite and hostel in Romania
„You’ve found one of the last places where rural European medieval life remains intact.” Lonely Planet on Maramureș
Small villages, rolling hills, wooden houses with wooden gates. Horse and carts, families working on the field. Centuries old wooden churches where people still go to in their traditional clothes. Central heating and paved roads are rare in the villages, where running water – if exists – comes straight from the mountain.
In Maramureș, people live in a simple but satisfying way, proud of their traditions and their way of life. Maramureș is also a place with lots of nature, where bears and wolves still roaming the forests. In Maramureș, you will feel like you took a step back in time. This is how old rural Europe must have looked like a long time ago.
This place is created and warmly hosted from the heart by Matthijs and Eveline, a Dutch couple who moved to Romania in March 2010. After working for a year in the city Cluj-Napoca in Transylvania, they settled in Maramureș, a dream came true. The love for Romania started with Matthijs, who first visited the country in winter 1992. From that moment he became more and more interested in Eastern Europe, visited Romania many more times and travelled through almost all the other countries in the region like Ukraine, Serbia, Moldova, Russia, Georgia and more. Matthijs ‘used’ Eastern Europe on a more professional base as well: he received a bachelor’s degree in History (specialized in the history of Eastern Europe) and a master’s degree in (Eastern) European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. To him, living in Romania is a great opportunity to be in an area where he’s so fascinated about.
The first time Eveline discovered Maramureș while travelling through Romania, she felt like stepping back in time. For her this was truly exciting because she has been attracted to daily life history since she was a little girl. To her, living in Breb opens a door to a more satisfying way of life. Eveline is also interested in all the craft works where Maramures is famous for. She has a bachelor’s degree of Fine Art in Education at the Amsterdam school of the Arts and in the future she’d like to cooperate with the craftsmen and women in the village to provide an opportunity for guests to take part in the craftwork.