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S‚ncraiu ( KalotaszentkirŠly)

About our village

Sâncraiu ( Kalotaszentkirály in Hungarian), one of the most beautiful villages in the Kalotaszeg area, is situated on the banks of the small river Călata, at a distance of about 6 km from Huedin, being the northern gate of entry in the Apuseni Mountains.

The locality was first mentioned in official documents in 1288, the reformed church was built in the 13th century. The village is also famous because of its very skilled craftsmen: carpenters, blacksmiths, furriers and bricklayers.

This is a place where traditions were not forgotten: Chistmas Nativity and chanting, the New Year’s greeting, the Easter watering as well as the Festival of Grapes.

The International Folk Dance Camp has already reached its 21th edition: this festival gathers young people all around the world, who are eager to learn the music and the dances from Kalotaszeg. Its also 1991, when the rural tourism activity began, now 40 rural pensions and guesthouses, with a total capacity of 250, are expecting tourists.

Today, Sâncraiu has a population of 1000, of which about 90% are Hungarians and 10% are Romanian.