The Ier Valley and Barcăul Valley
Romanians and Hungarians have been always living together in the Ierului and Barcăului Valleys. The two cultures have intertwined, thus creating a special way of living. For hundreds of years the inhabitants of these valleys, which back in the days resembled deltas, have practiced fishing, made wine and kept sacred the recipes which were inherited from one generation to the other. This kind of lifestyle, although deeply troubled during the time of communism, is reviving now. Those who are missing the peace and quiet of the villages, the clean and delicious wine or traditional cuisine of their grandparent can get a glimpse and taste of all those things again, by visiting the villages from the northwestern plain of Bihor.
The Ierului Valley which is more to the North and the Barcăului Valley a little to the East were once like the arms of a river. Inside them a natural and cultural heritage has been born and thrived, even though it was little known. Here the cultural traditions are still well-preserved, while people try to find ways of living in harmony with nature. The traditional dishes, especially the Hungarian ones are accompanied by the great wines from the Diosig and Mihai’s Valley vineyards. The two or three hundred years old vine cellars that are set up along the streets and hills at Săcuieni, Sălacea, Sâniob and Sântimreu keep the rich and strong aroma of these liquors. In the same time they also create a unique landscape that is rare in Romania. For instance, in Sălacea there are more cellars than households, which is why the place is also called “the village of a thousand cellars”.