Copşa Mare & Via Transilvanica
Updated: Jan 25
Slow travellers following the Via Transilvanica will no doubt hope to find locally-owned, reasonably priced places to sleep & eat along the way. Copşa Mare has such places at last!
CopşaMare.Life is delighted that the 1000km Via Transilvanica trail passes through the village. The initiative is welcome for many reasons, not least because it encourages travellers to leave their cars at home, and to explore Transylvania on foot or by bike, and in this way help to conserve an unspoilt landscape and to supplement local livelihoods from farming through genuinely slow tourism.
The popularity of the different parts of the 1000km trail will depend in part upon the proximity of locally-owned, reasonably priced food and accommodation. Fortunately, these are now available in Copşa Mare.
SILE & SIMONA: For slow travellers along the Via Transilvanica wishing to have a hot shower and a hot meal after a long day's hike or ride, there is Copşa Mare 122, owned and run by local couple Sile and Simona. 122 is affordable, comfortable and very welcoming, an ideal place for visitors with children who would like to be looked after by a family in a relaxed and peaceful setting, and to eat typical Transylvanian food.
Simona is well-known to visitors to the village, having spent more than 10 years as the resident cook at the Italian-owned guesthouses here. She and Sile offer home-cooked meals using local ingredients including beef and pork from animals they have raised themselves, as well as their own vegetables, milk and eggs. And soon they will even have their own traditional bread oven.
Downstairs there is a magnificent open plan space perfect for entertaining. The place is heated by a stunning Kachelofen built from handmade tiles manufactured in nearby Mediaş.
To book a stay in the village's first and so far only locally owned guesthouse, write to Sile at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Simona on +40 728 371 762
ANT CAMP: For those Via Transilvanica travellers who would prefer to camp in the hills, there is ANT, a converted bee wagon that sits above the trail in a shady spot with a wonderful view. ANT sleeps four in two rooms, each with two single beds. There is one price for those travelling with all their gear, and another for those travelling light.
RUCKSACK HEAVY: Many of you will be carrying your own sleeping bag and other essentials, and would like a safe, dry place to sleep. ANT is ideal for you, with plentiful drinking water, dry firewood, a compost lavatory, a bed with a mattress, a table and chairs, solar lights, and a big enamel washbowl. The prices for renting ANT for one night is €35 for 2 travellers (or lei equivalent); €45 for 3 travellers; and €55 for 4 travellers.
RUCKSACK LIGHT: Some of you will prefer to carry as little as possible on the trail, for example if you are walking or biking with your children. For you, we offer all of the above plus feather pillow, cotton sheets, fresh bread, fresh buffalo milk, black tea and ground coffee, cutlery, plates, a saucepan to boil water, a small gas stove, an espresso pot and most important of all, a tea pot! The price for 2 people travelling light is €65 per night, for 3 travellers €90, and for 4 travellers €110. We offer a special family price of €80.
NO FOOTPRINT: We charge a €10 'No footprint' deposit which is returned to you when you leave with no rubbish left behind (bins in the village).
If you would like to reserve ANT, please call James on +40 768 994 224. Or visit https://www.facebook.com/copsamare.life