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A unique experience at the tourist sheepfolds in Neamț

27 July 2021 No Comment

Farcașa Commune is the area where you can find most of the tourist sheepfolds in Neamț County

A weekend spent at a tourist sheepfold in Neamț will take you right in the middle of nature, where the wonderful landscapes and traditional dishes continuously delight you, where you can breathe the fresh air and have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and freedom of the country life, in places where customs are well kept alive.

Situated at the foot of Bistriţa Mountains, in a meadow in Stejaru village, in the valley of the creek with the same name, Lunci-Stejaru tourist sheepfold is located in an accessible area, about 3 km away from the center of Farcaşa commune. The landscape is charming and tourists can enjoy a chalet with all the proper facilities, 8 beds accommodation facilities, two ponds full of trout nearby, and also a camping. The area is also suitable for hiking, fishing, hunting or campfires.

As for the culinary specialties, tourists will surely be delighted by the one of a kind flavor of the dishes that can’t be found anywhere else: roast or sautéed lamb, lamb sour soup, sweet sheep cheese, trout smoked in fir branches, grilled or smoked trout, mincemeat in cabbage leaves with ricotta, “poale-n brâu” pies.

For bookings at Lunci-Stejaru tourist sheepfold, call +40744. 182. 093.

Crucea Arsă tourist sheepfold is the most famous one in Farcașa commune due to the scenery that delights the eyes of tourists, being located at an altitude of 1,000 meters on the top of Fundoaia Peak in Stănişoara Mountains and about 4 km away from the commune’s center. The sheepfold is signaled by a huge cross, instead of the fir tree that was struck down by lightning.

Click on the link below to watch a video from Crucea Arsă tourist sheepfold:

Piciorul Mare tourist sheepfold, located in Stănişoara Mountains (1300m high), 8 km far from the commune’s center, is one of the largest in Farcașa. Here you can get either by riding a horse, with a cart or with SUV cars that are provided free of charge. This picturesque area impresses with its peacefulness. Visitors can enjoy mountain hikes to the peaks of Ţifla, Razem, Cioatele, Hălăuca and Bivolul, which are known to the public thanks to Calistrat Hogaş’s novel – “On mountain roads”, and also off-road rides, festive meals with traditional products, the long way of the milk till it reaches the plate. Hiking, picking berries and campfires can be organized here.

For sheepfold bookings, call the following no. +40742.529.613.

At an altitude of 700 m, on the Văcărie Peak, in Bistriţa Mountains, about 4 km away from the commune’s center, there is Văcărie Tourist Sheepfold. You can get there by SUV cars on a winding off-road of about 2 km long. The off road transportation is free of charge.

Only inside the sheepfold, tourists will have copious meals, they will enjoy cheeses and products that have a very special taste: grilled lamb or pork steak, lamb or mutton, lamb soups and borsch. Tourists can camp for free and go hiking or picking berries and enjoy a memorable campfire.

The Bird’s-eye-views of Farcașa commune and Bistrița Valley are incredible!

Bookings can be made by calling +40741.796.702 or +40722.343.193.

Sheepfolds visiting season begins on the 1st of June and ends around October.

Among the activities that take place throughout the year, the rounding of the sheep or herding the sheep to the mountain remained a complex pastoral celebration that takes place in early May, with the formation of sheepfolds or the movement of herds in the area during ​​summer grazing. It is a custom with multiple connotations -economic, social, aesthetic, leisure- in which the whole community of the village participates.

Regarded as one of the most important moments in the folk’s calendar, the rounding of the sheep has acquired, in time, a special significance, giving way to an authentic  pastoral celebration.

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