|Chicken breasts at the market||$5.40|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.85|
|Pack of cigarettes||$4.16|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$246.79|
|Local cheese (1kg)||$7.56|
Baia Mare, literally translating to ‘big mine”, is the largest town of the Maramure? region; the city presents a fascinating amalgamation of the ancient and the new and offers a peek into the pastoral life of the residents of Maramures. While it is well-connected by road and rail, one of the best ways of visiting is by air; there are plenty of cheap flights to Baia Mare from all over.
Visitors to Baia Mare will find a lot of things to see and do; there is the region’s captivating heritage sites and museums to explore and a vibrant nightlife not to speak of the fine dining experiences that could be enjoyed here. To really enjoy the various attractions, it is advisable to book yourself in one of the many comfortable hotels in Baia Mare. Some of the town’s wonderful history has been preserved in and around Piata Libertatii., the town’s main square. Casa Elisabeta is the town’s oldest house dating back to the 1440's. Stephen’s Tower, a Gothic-style watchtower, stands 120 feet high. Piata Izvoarelor, another town square, is home to the town’s principal open-air market. Standing adjacent to the bustling market is Turnul Macelarilor (Butcher’s Tower), the only surviving relic of the town’s medieval fortifications erected in the 15th century.
Muzeul Judetean de Arta (Baia Mare Art Museum), housed in a 1784-built building, is a treasure house of Romanian art from the late 18th century to present times as well as contemporary European art. Baia Mare History & Archaeology Museum housed in a graceful 18th century Treasury building exhibits the regional mining history, especially gold mining. Baia Mare Etnographic Museum has a splendid collection of traditional wooden houses of the Maramures region. Baia Mare Mine Flowers Museum has a collection of beautiful regional rocks and crystals.
The surrounds of Baia Mare are extremely beautiful with mountains and lush valleys. The Rodnei Mountains National Park has some of the richest flora and fauna in a stunning setting. You can visit Baia Sprie to see ethnic pottery being made at the famous Dan Les' pottery studio. Cheap flights to Baia Mare can go a long way in making your holiday one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life.