Tourist Route "Weekend in Gagauzia"
Tourist route “Weekend in Gagauzia” includes tourist sites of 6 settlements, namely Comrat municipality, Avdarma village, Tomai village, Joltai village, Gaidar village and Ceadir-Lunga municipality .
The route is presented in 3 languages (in Russian, English and Turkish) and is accompanied by a QR code, with which you can go to the electronic version of the route with a description of tourist sites and the necessary contacts, as well as the ability to create a route from any location using google maps.
Alley of Glory
In the center of Comrat, there is the Alley of Glory of the Gagauz people, where busts of prominent Turkic figures, scientists, Gagauz scholars are installed.
The Alley of Glory was created in honor of the representatives of the Gagauz people and people who made a significant contribution to the cultural and social life of the Gagauz people.
On the left side there are busts of prominent politicians, on the right – cultural figures. Among these personalities are Turkish President Suleyman Demirel, poet and film director Dmitry Karachoban, archpriest Mikhail Chakir, ethnographer and historian Maria Marunevich, poets Alexander Pushkin and Mihai Eminescu.
Craft school "Zanaat Evi"
Craft school “Zanaat Evi” is a unique place where children and adults can learn the basics of different types of crafts that our ancestors owned and spend time usefully.
Taking part in master classes here you can master the skills of pottery: modeling clay products, working on a potter’s wheel, modeling plaster products, as well as mastering wood carving skills.
Vinuri de Comrat
“Vinuri de Comrat” is the oldest winery located in the south of Moldova.
During the tour, you can walk around the landscaped territory of the winery, touch the history of the plant in the old cellars of the late 19th century, see the shady alleys named after the varieties of wine that have earned great and sincere love not only from the inhabitants of our country, but also from foreign guests.
You will be able to taste some of the best wines in which winemakers have invested national traditions and the best technologies; wines filled with a unique taste and aroma, saturated with the energy of the generous Moldavian sun.
Avdarma Village History Museum
Avdarma Village History Museum was opened in 2011 and is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Avdarma colony.
The museum has three exhibition halls. Exhibits, documents and elements of material culture were collected exclusively from the villagers.
The museum displays original awards, documents and photographs reflecting the life of the villagers in different historical periods.
Nogai spring "Tatar çöşmesi"
“Tatar çöşmesi” is a historical landmark of Avdarma village. A spring with drinking, life-giving water is located on the outskirts of the settlement and symbolizes the rich history of the Gagauz village. In 1563, the Nogai-Tatars of the Budzhak horde formed a settlement near this spring, where they lived for about 250 years.
The spring was tremblingly guarded, and information about the purity of its water was passed down from generation to generation. In 2013, the Nogai spring solemnly became a restored historical monument.
Restaurant Shashlychnaya №1
The concept of the restaurant was conceived as the idea of creating the atmosphere of a hearth – a cozy and comfortable meeting place for lunches, dinners, business conversations.
Restaurant Shashlychnaya No. 1 tries to make the place appeal to all generations and become a meeting place for people of all ages.
The restaurant pleases guests not only with a variety of traditional meat dishes cooked on coals, but also with dishes from the Gagauz and European cuisine, which are prepared by professional chefs, taking into account all modern trends. Delicious dishes, cozy rooms with elements of Gagauz decor, ecological utensils made in ethnic style and friendly staff are waiting for you.
Ethno-estate of Petr Petkovich, Joltai
In the Gagauz ethno-estate of Petr Petkovic, who is recognized as the Honored Artist of the Republic of Moldova and Honored Worker of Culture of Gagauzia, you can get acquainted with the life and traditions of the people, look at the ancient methods of weaving, try on folk costumes, see traditional patterns, and, of course, taste national dishes.
Also Petr Petkovich created a museum of musical Gagauz instruments in the estate, where his collections are stored, as well as donated by guests. In addition, visitors can take part in an unusual master class from a wind instrument maker.
Museum of carpet weaving, Gaidar village
Handmade carpets have always been the pride of the Gaidar village. In 2013 in the rural house of culture a museum of carpet weaving was opened.
Since this year, workshops have been held to teach children carpet weaving and the regional carpet festival “Gagauz Kilimneri” is held annually, where you can see ancient and modern carpets, learn the history of carpet weaving, and also buy a woven carpet.
The museum of carpet weaving in the village of Gaidar is included in the top ten most unusual museums in the Republic of Moldova.Here you can see how weavers work and try your hand at this art. In addition to the history of this craft, in the museum you can get lessons on how to make first a thread from sheep’s wool, and then from these threads - real carpets, exactly the same as those woven by ancestors 150 years ago.
The museum is located in the building of the House of Culture in the village of Gaidar.
The windmill of Gaidar village
The windmill of Gaidar village, built at the end of the 19th century, is a symbol of the hard-working nature of the Gagauz people.
It is made entirely of wood, including the mechanisms that process flour. The whole structure can rotate around its axis by 360 degrees. The uniqueness of the mill lies in the fact that one person can manage all the processes.
The Gaidar mill, which has a history of more than 100 years, is one of the two that have survived in the region. This is a real monument of history, which was once vital for people and helped them survive.
Ethno-yard “PARK HAKIKAT”
The ethno-yard “Park Hakikat” is a tourist facility located on the territory of a private house in Chadir-Lunga, embodying the lifestyle of the Gagauz people a century ago and including an open-air museum, a vineyard, an old wine cellar, an oven made in the national style and much more.
The landscape design of the ethno-courtyard is thought out to the smallest detail, where there are many unique and interesting exhibits, including large household items made of solid stone, a handmade wooden entrance door from 1938, an authentic cellar found in excellent condition in an abandoned house in Kiriet-Lunga village and transferred on the territory of the ethno-yard. Here, the owner conducts a tasting of his own wine under the Hakikat brand and delicious dishes of the national Gagauz cuisine.
Horse farm "At Prolin"
The horse farm “At Prolin” in Ceadir – Lunga is the only horse breeding farm in Moldova.
The horse farm has existed since 1984 and is one of the memorable sights of the autonomy. From the very moment of the formation of the horse farm, the leading direction has been the breeding of horses of the Oryol trotting breed.
Also, the Horse farm annually becomes the center of the National Spring Festival “Hederlez”, where, in addition to the celebration, equestrian competitions are held.