The "Huda lui Papară" cave is one of the most beautiful places you must visit in the Apuseni Mountains. There you will be able to see the highest gallery, the largest waterfall, with the largest bat colony in Europe, with the longest and most numerous eccentricites (crooked stalactites) and with the largest deposit of chiropterite (bat droppings) from our country. The name of the cave has an interesting story: Huda is a regionalism, meaning narrow way, pit, hole in the ground, cave or shelter. Papara comes from the Latin "papa" which translates as religious leader. Therefore, Huda lui Papară could mean the shelter, the house of the religious leader. Local stories say that, in the time of the Dacians, the cave function as place of worship, as well as residence for people. The legends relate also the cave with Zalmoxes, the supreme Dacian god, who seems to retire here.
Next to the cave we visit the nearby church. According to the locals, this protects them from the evil forces deep inside the cave. Over time, the small place of worship was burned by the Tatars, but it was rebuilt each time. After the fall of communism, a nunnery dedicated to St. Paraschiva was built next to the church.
Accommodation at local B&B, traditional homestay.