If you take the road to Ştei when you leave Alba Iulia, and you go up the Arieşul Mare Mountain on DN 75, you reach Albac. Being a typical mountain settlement, Albac is made up of houses spread on the surrounding hills and grouped in 16 small villages.
Easy to find, as it is just off the road, the guest house lies at the foot of the hill, near the clear water of the Arieş River and the fir tree forest. Steaua Arieşului has a restaurant and 25 bedrooms:
17 rooms with double beds and a double sofa bed
8 rooms with 2 single beds
each room has its own bathroom
We also welcome you to the two-star Perla Arieşului Guest House, which can accommodate 50 people in 25 bedrooms, and whose restaurant can sit 100 people.
The choice is all yours!
Our staff will warmly welcome you and will do their best to make your stay an enjoyable experience.
You can taste our traditional dishes:
* Balmoş (cheese and polenta boiled in sheep’s milk)
* Plăcinte pe lespede (stone-baked pies)
* Laşcă (noodles)
* Clătite cu brânză (cheese crêpes)
* Papricaş cu mămăligă (meat stew with polenta)
* Sarmale (stuffed cabbage leaves)
* Tocăniţă de viţel (veal stew)
Besides our traditional recipes, you can choose from a wide variety of soups, pork/ beef/ chicken/ fish dishes, mushrooms, garden vegetables, dairy products, fruits and homemade sweets, as well as from a range of alcoholic beverages suitable to the food of your choice.
HISTORY AND TRADITIONS
An important name in Romanian history, Albac is a settlement located in the heart of a region called Ţara Moţilor (the land of the people living in the Apuseni Mountains), where fir trees whisper stories in the wind, and the Arieş River breaks through the cliffs of Zugăi to flow steadily in the Mureş River. It is a place of healing, peace and tranquility.
The name Albac is historically connected to the name of Horea, our national hero who led the great peasant revolt of 1784-1785, together with Cloşca and Crişan. A stay here means, therefore, remembering the past and enjoying the present. While the charming nature all around speaks about history, the large number of new homes and guest houses testify to the present development.
If you, dear traveller, spend a few days at Steaua Arieşului Guest House, if you stop by Cheile Albacului (the Albac gorge), or sit by a fire on the banks of Arieş, you will recover your energy and find peace of mind.
If you pass through Albac, do stop for a while to see the church in the village, where the bells were tolled to tell people about the revolt of the peasants led by Horea, and “Sf. Ilie” monastery, where you can feel you heart soar and hear angels fluttering their wings.
If you are fit, do climb up to După Pleşa and say a prayer at the nuns’ hermitage. When you come down, you can stop to see the ditches made by our Dacian forefathers, who had dug deep in the mountains, and get a bird’s eye view of the village from the top of the cliffs.
If you let your gaze roam over the mountains surrounding Albac, over the grassy and flowery hills, and over the sky that rests on the treetops, you will most certainly feel closer to God.
In the middle of the village, there is the Ethnographic Museum, which displays evidence of this village’s historical past as well as various objects that testify to the life and occupations of its inhabitants.
The people of Albac are easygoing, lively and have a good sense of humour. When we love, sing, or dance, we do it passionately. We are also keen on customs and traditions.
At Easter, we still have the custom of “tocaşi”, who chase away the evil spirits shooting the gun and sounding the semantron for three days and three nights. On Easter Monday, the “tocaşi” people organize a traditional ring dance and invite all the villagers.
The best customs are, however, those of Christmas time. Caroling groups walk round the village singing carols both on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. The village streets are flooded with “piţărăi” (small children), kings, and carolers singing nativity songs and dancing the traditional Goat dance.
Santa Claus never fails to show up at Steaua Arieşului Guest House. He always comes by sleigh and brings joy and gifts to everybody present.
On Christmas night, Căminul Cultural (the local community centre) hosts a traditional ring dance, where tourists can observe various local customs and traditions.
We organize New Year’s Eve parties in all our guest houses. The staff of both Steaua Arieşului and Perla Arieşului will make sure that your time here will be unforgettable. Special dishes, homemade beverages, and a New Year’s caroling group are just a few of the things we delight in sharing with our guests.
During the day you can go coasting or ride in the horse-drawn sleigh. You can also attend the religious service in the local church or at the monastery.