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Tara Beiusului
Travelling to the center of the county, at less than an hour drive from Oradea, we arrive in Beius, a town naming the surrounding picturesque depression. This area, together with the southern part of the county (around Vascau town) is well-known for its traditions and architecture specific to the Rivers Department.
In this area you will meet more than anywhere in the country the real specific features of Bihor, and the people keep their history and tradition alive. Whether you decide to visit the surrounding villages or the ones close to the mountains, they will greet you with the same hospitality, always welcoming guests.

Touristic attractions:

Vascau - Calugari karstic plateau;
Vascau, Stei, Beius towns;
Remetea - Meziad - Rosia karstic area;
Finisului Valley;
Dobresti - Vida karstic area;
Crisul Negru Gorges (Soimi - Borz Gorges);
Dumbravita de Codru karstic plateau;
Wooden churches and popular craftsmanship in Tara Beiusului.

   Vascau - Calugari karstic plateau
, comprises a huge and unitary limestone surface with numerous karstic phenomena:
       •  Calugari Spring – unique due to its water flow intermittence;
       •  Vascau Campeneasca Cave, with an impressive waterfall at the entrance, the fields of dolines and other karstic phenomena make this area very beautiful.

   Vascau - Stei - Beius towns;
       •  Alexandru Andritoiu Memorial Museum;
       •  Vascau trout farm;
       •  Beius Municipal Museum with a wide ethnographic and historical collection;
       •  The Monastery not far from Carpinet;
       •  The building of the second Romanian high school in Transylvania, at the present moment “Samuil Vulcan” National College, founded in 1828;
       •  Beius Fair – each Thursday farmers and artisans from the area of Beius and Vascau meet here to sell or trade their products;
       •  “Sf. Maria Mica” – 1780, in Baita.

   Remetea - Meziad - Rosia karstic area:
       •  Meziad Cave (4750 m), being declared a protected natural area, rich in speleo-themes and cave fauna, with numerous paleontological discoveries;
       •  The Reformed Church in Remetea, 13th century;
       •  Albioarei Gorges, placed in the middle sector of the valley bearing the same name, disposed as an arc of a circle, for about 2 km. with slopes sometimes higher than 100 m. The Caves: Ciur-Izbuc Cave distinguishes itself due to the existence of some footsteps of the prehistoric man, well preserved in the cave’s clay floor.
       •  Cutilor Gorges, Lazurilor Gorges, Stranturii Valley Gorges increase this area’s charm, beauty and wilderness.

   The Finisului Valley is very picturesque and attractive for entertainment, strolls and fishing. Here there are the ruins of the Finis Fortress, built in the 13th century, out of which the stronghold and a few walls are still standing.

      Dobresti - Vida karstic area:
       •  It constitutes a special area in the ensemble of the karstic areas in Bihor, due to its great number of springs revealing and intensive karstic activity. Videi Gorges are to be noticed, the longest gorges in Apuseni Mountains – over 10 km, and on this valley’s slopes there are many caves: Cubles Cave (very solidified) and the Giloasa Ravine. Vida Lake completes the the Giloasa Ravine. Vida Lake completes the landscape and it is very popular for strolls, fishing and aquatic sports.

   Crisul Negru Strait (Soimi – Borz Strait):
       •  Dumbravita de Codru karstic plateau, constitutes a special sector located on the middle flow of Crisul Negru between Soimi and Borz villages. It is a strait with a complex morphology, covered with small slopes and limestone peaks joining a peaceful landscape offered by the afforested hills and the presence of some picturesque villages.
       •  Dumbravita de Codru is a small karstic plateau (19 km2), full of all the surface and depth karstic forms (dolines, lapies, caves, ravines) of which we remember the spring in Morilor Valley and the Valea Luncii Cave with a total length of around 311m. Also here, there is the Pacau Hill (451m.), protected natural area where the Wild Peony grows.
       •  The historical vestiges here increase the charm of the region: Soimi Fortress’ ruins (built during the 13th century) and the Roman Tower in Sînnicolaul de Beius (13th century), revealing the medieval history of these places. 

   Wooden churches, popular arts and customs in Tara Beiusului:
       •  Water mills in the following villages: Tarcaita, Rosia, Cabesti, Calugari, Ceisoara, Gurani, Lazuri de Beius, Valea Morilor in Borz;
       •  The workshop of the bugle-violin artisan in Lazuri de Rosia;
       •  The Easter egg painting can be admired in Dragoteni;
       •  Dowry chests’ workshops in Budureasa, a village with an old tradition in wood processing
       •  A few workshops of basketworks in Totoreni;
       •  Argicris shop in Beius (Devei street), where you can find the famous ceramics of Leheceni and icons on glass;
       •  Wooden churches in Rieni, Copaceni, Sebis, Petreasa, Colesti (Vascau), Budureasa, Bradet, Dumbraveni, Stancesti, Capalna, Saldabagiul Mic, Fanate, Ceisoara, Dusesti Luncasprie, Huta (Finis), Soimus, Tarcaita, Totoreni;
       •  The “Flutur” Ethnographic Museum in Chiscau, where you can admire the lifetime collection of Mr. Aurel Flutur (free access);
       •  The workshop of the youngest potter in the area – Raul Bocse from Leheceni;
       •  The fabric workshops in Dobresti, Dragoteni, Rosia;
       •  The museum in Susti-Lunca;
       •  The egg painting contest on Easter in Dragoteni.

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