As one of the oldest villages in Transylvania it is no wonder that the journey to Crit past bronze rolling hills along a winding dirt track feels like drifting back in time to an ancient world forgotten by time.
Colonised by the Saxons nearly a thousand years ago, the village of Crit exudes charm, antiquity and tranquility. Think sunflowers peeping out over long grasses, cows grazing in sun-speckled fields, rainbow-coloured washing hanging on the line and children collecting water from the village well. The rows of pastel coloured houses are adorned with neat tiled roofs, tall wooden gates and gorgeous wooden shutters with chickens and geese roaming free around the village. The odd horse and cart trundles down the mud track and the beekeepers return from the hives leaden with pots of sweet honey.
Those staying in Crit will be well looked after by their hosts at Casa cu Zorele and will be treated to wonderful home-cooked meals typical of the region such as chicken broth with carrots, fresh parsley and polenta topped with mountains of mashed potatoes, thick sausages and white cabbage salad while dessert might feature slices of sponge baked with sweet cheese or traditional doughnuts. Watch the cows come home in the evening as the sun goes down with their bells jingling around their necks as the shepherd brings up the rear with a group of horses and some cheeky goats.
Village activities include truffle hunting in October and enjoying the fruits of your labour for dinner, shepherding where you travel to the herd on a horse and cart with a local shepherd, watching the cows being milked and tasting the fresh cheese produced in the region; rural cookery classes; mountain biking and hikes from one village to another; visits to Viscri and its fortified church; pumpkin carving in autumn and cooking with the tender flesh.
Life in Crit is so simple and wholesome you can’t fail to surrender to its charms.
What: Traditional rural village
Where: Transylvania, Romania
When: Beautiful all year round particularly during the spring when flowers are blooming, autumn and summer when blue skies prevail
Why: To step back in time, get involved with village activities and enjoy a slower pace of life
Who: The Couple, The History Buff, The Culture Vulture, The Busy Bee, The Family, The Free Spirit, The Time Traveller
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