Remarkable Romania

Remarkable Romania is a network of towns and villages investing in culture and heritage as local sustainable development.

Inspired by the model of Sites et cités remarquables de France, the network supports its member settlements to give new added value to their culture and heritage, for the sustainability of the community and the region.

At the moment, the network gathers 11 small settlements, all in Transylvania, and offers them access to training, networking and partnerships, hands-on local heritage-led development planning, and participation in national and international programmes and fairs.

Remarkable Romania is developed in partnership with Sites et cités remarquables de France and the Cluj County Council, under the patronages of the Romanian and French Ministries of Culture.

Project news

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November 2017 The first Remarkable Romania conference gathers 50 representatives of rural settlements in Transylvania.
October 2018 First pilot activities take place in Sâncraiu, bringing together heritage, culture, technology and tourism.
June 2019 First settlements join the network: Beliș, Bonțida, Bârsana, Bucium, Fundata, Plopiș, Moldovenești, Poieni, Ciurila, Vad and Valea Viilor.
September 2019 An interdisciplinary team visits all the network villages and documents their historic, cultural and social contexts. The Remarkable Romania catalogue is published.
November 2019 The network is promoted in the framework of the International Heritage Fair in Paris and the National Tourism Fair in Bucharest.

Next in 2020

July 25

We run A day in Remarkable Romania, a programme of events and activities inviting inhabitants of Cluj-Napoca to spend a day in the network villages.

September 7

We pilot Castles on the Someș Valley, a first route of the castles along the Someș river, to encourage sustainable local tourism.

September 20

The annual assembly of the network members is hosted in Bonțida, in the framework of an Open Day programme of the village.

November 25

We announce an open call for up to seven new settlements to join the network.

December 10

The annual Remarkable Romania catalogue is launched.

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