Torockó: a place where the sun rises twice
Torockó is a small picturesque village in Transylvania where the sun rises twice. (I knooow, right?!) How is that possible?
See that overwhelming rock above the village? Early in the morning the sun appears in the left side of the Szekelykő Peak (1171m), only to hide after a few minutes behind it. It takes a while for the sun to appear brightly again on the sky, making Torockó a unique place with two sunrises.
In the village you will be greeted by whitewashed houses with wide open green blinds, and with pots of red flowers in the windows. Every house seems like a welcoming home, and you can almost smell the freshly baked breads (which are the best thing in the world). Torockó is one of the most beautiful and tranquil Hungarian villages in Transylvania.
The one thing I absolutely love about Torockó is its remoteness- usually I don’t even have phone signal there. Ok, to be honest there’s an oak tree in the village center where sometimes I get some weak signal 😀 But trust me, once you’re there, you don’t really want to hang on your phone 🙂
Things to do in Torockó
There are many events in the village during the year, and you’ll find something to attend to in almost any month: traditional celebrations, festivals, climbing contests, conferences, camps, village-days, concerts, organized hikings.
Summer is probably the busiest time of the year as many people escape the summer heat in this chilly area. Torockó is a hot spot for the festival-goers, campers and adventure seekers also.
Hiking to the Székelykő
You didn’t think that mountain (Székelykő) was just for the sunrise, didn’t’ you? The village is also a popular place to go hiking. Get your hiking boots out (the route is steep full of small rocks), grab some water and head to mountain for a view you’ll never forget. Ask a local for directions before your journey.
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One of the most famous events in the village is the “farsangtemetés”- the burial of winter. A lot of tourists visit Torockó during this weekend for the authenticity of this tradition.
Farsangtemetés- The burial of the winter
It is the most well-known event of the year, attracting hundreds of tourist from the area and from abroad as well. The farsangtemetés is a traditional carnival held on the last weekend of February every year. During the carnival, the inhabitants of the village dress up in various customs: traditional Hungarian dresses, bridesmaids and grooms, devils, clowns or priests. During the carnival these dressed-up youngsters hold a funeral of the winter. To make it entertaining and carnival-like, the boys usually dress in the girl’s outfits and vice versa. Of course, the whole carnival ends with a party in the evening.
If you’d like to know more about this tradition, head to City of the Week: The burial of farsang in Transylvania!
Where to hang out in Torockó
Another iconic place in the village is famous bar, Gondűző. The name translates to “worry-banisher”- if you know what I mean 🙂 You will probably stumble upon this place easily, most of the youth hang out there.
My favorite coffee house is definitely László’s coffee shop 🙂
Where to stay in Torockó
Although you can find some pensions and hotels near the village, I would advise you to stay in those wonderful traditional guest houses and taste a real Transylvanian breakfast before hiking that big mountain. Almost every guest house offers traditional breakfast or lunch too. I wouldn’t miss that, if I were you 😀
To help the local community, I advise you to book your guest house with Travelminit.hu. They are a Transylvanian based company, and they operate similarly to big booking websites.
Events and festivals in Torockó
“In 2015, between the 1st and 3rd of May, Trascau Active Tourism Association (TAT) organizes the Spiritfest festival for the first time, thus keeping the tradition. The organisers give colour to the event with various competitions, sporting activities and workshops that promote healthy living and local traditions. The main objective of Spiritfest is to provide a natural, active and entertaining environment, which offers opportunities of relaxation for all ages.”
How to get to Torockó
Keep in mind that Torockó is the Hungarian name of the village, the Romanian name (which will appear on road signs) is Rimetea.
From Cluj-Napoca: towards Floresti on E60 road, entrance to DJ107M road in direction of Buru.
From Aiud: on DN1 road, entrance to the DJ107M in direction of Buru.
From Turda: on E81 road, entrance DJ103G in direction of Buru, then DJ107M in direction of Rimetea.
Closest train station is Aiud or Teius, from there use local transportation orhitchhiking. Check for buses on: www.autogari.ro
The nearest international airports are at: Cluj-Napoca CLJ (65km) and Targu Mures TGM(88km).
Nearby attractions: Turda Salt Mine- and underground amusement park.
Read more about destinations in Romania:
- Photos that will make you fall in love with Transylvania
- Practical guide to Transylvania
- Visiting the sculptures of Brâncuși in Târgu Jiu, Romania
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