Mărginimea Sibiului

Very welcoming hosts, nice and comfortable accommodation, beautiful mountain landscape and above all delicious traditional Romanian food! When here, try the “telemea” fresh cheese made of local sheep milk, famous all over the country. Marginimea Sibiului is definitely a “must” location when travelling in Transylvania/Romania!

Marginimea Sibiului has always been known in Romania as the land of sheep, chees and meat delicacies. The traditional products reflect the richness of these lands and also the cultural diversity. In the alpine pastures the local shepherds continue to use ancestral recipes to produce various sheep cheese products such as “telemea”, “burduf” chees, “urda” and “cas”.

All year long one can take part in various festivals and activities to taste local delicious products made by local farmers, the most famous festival being: The Cheese and Brandy Festival from Rășinari, in the last weekend of August, The Mountain Peony Festival in Gura Râului, in the first weekend of July, and  High Up on Jina Mountain Festival  in Jina, on the last Sunday of July. Local markets and fairs provide the opportunity to taste and buy local products directly from the small producers. Moreover delicious local products can be tasted in the guesthouses from the 18 villages of the destination.

The Sheep Cheese Route is a great way of discovering the pastoral world of Marginimea Sibiului with its picturesque settlements and calm lifestyle. The route connects the 18 villages that succeeded to keep their local identity due to shepherding and transhumance and to the historic context of their permanent relations with the town of Sibiu. The visitors have the opportunity to discover traditional art, lifestyle and customs, to taste cheese and other specific dishes. Local people can be seen on holidays wearing their elegant traditional costumes of white shirts embroidered with black thread. Some of the highlights of the area are: The Ethnographic Museum of Rasinari where one can discover traditional tools used by shepherds for making cheese; The Icon Glass Museum in Sibiel; the ruins of a Dacian fortress in Tilisca; a wooden church in Poiana Sibiului; The Museum of Local Culture in Saliste; Morariu Jina Collection of Pastoral Objects and many more.