| Brasov Clearing (Poiana Brasov)
This is one of the most select resorts of Romania. It was founded in 1895, and in 1906 it became a ski resort.
Located only 12 km away from the medieval town of Brasov, the resort spreads over a plateau at the feet of the Postavarul mountain. Due to the area it is located in and to the beauty of the landscape, the resort was also called “Sun’s Clearing”. It is surrounded by 4 large mountain massifs: Postavarul, Piatra Craiului, Bucegi and Piatra Mare. The ascension to the Postavarul Massif is facilitated by the new cable transport installations: 2 cable cars, 1 gondola and 6 sky-lifts.
The resort is like heaven for the winter sports lovers who have at their disposal 12 ski paths with various difficulty degrees. The low grade areas in the middle of the resort and the Postavarul plateau offer ideal ski paths for beginners. Some average difficulty ski paths are “Sulinar” and “Ruia”. “Subteleferic” and “Lupului” are two of the ski paths for experimented skiers, because they are characterized by a maximum difficulty degree. Those who want to sky at night can do it on the “Bradul” ski path.
In the Brasov Clearing you can also practice other sports: snowboard, bungee jumping, motor hang-glider, paraglider flight, skating, alpinism and sporting escalade and rappel (controlled sliding down a rope attached to a body harness along a cliff wall).
Mountain hiking lovers are offered several marked routes. One of them would be the one starting from the Skating Rink of the Brasov Clearing to the Wolf’s Abyss (Prapastia Lupului) - Priest’s Glade (Poiana Popii) - Golden Pit (Groapa de Aur) - Glade’s Valley (Valea Poienii) - Rasnoavei Gorge chalet (Cabana Cheia Rasnoavei). It’s a difficult route, lasting for approximately three hours and a half, which can also be made in winter, but only by those who have experience, as it is considered to be a difficult one.
Another route is from the Brasov Clearing - Wolf’s Ski Path (Partia Lupului) - Long Pit (Groapa Lunga) - Cheia chalet (Cabana Cheia). It’s a moderate route during summer and a difficult one during winter, which can be made in three hours up and almost four hours down.
A moderate route that can be made in two hours is from the Brasov Clearing - Wolf’s Abyss (Prapastia Lupului) - Cristianul Mare Glade (Poiana Cristianul Mare) - Postavarul chalet. Besides, this is one of the tourists’ favorite routes.
Somewhat longer, of three hours, but just as moderate in difficulty is the route from the Brasov Clearing - Black Goat chalet (Cabana Capra Neagra) - Gravel Brook (Izvorul din Pietris) - Cristianul Mare GladePoiana Cristianul Mare) - Postavaru chalet - Cristianul Mare chalet - Postavaru Peak (1799m) - Red Road (Drumul Rosu).
The Bran-Moeciu area is a true natural fortress, located between two important massifs: the Bucegi mountains and the Piatra Craiului mountains. The attraction of the area is the Bran Castle (link to the castle: on page), which is famous due to the legend of Dracula.
At the same time, Bran-Moeciu is an ideal place for hikers, as many routes to natural landscapes start from here, among which: Moeciului Gorges, Dambovicioarei Cave, Bat Cave (Pestera village), Sbarcioarei Hole Cave, Devil’s Mill, Gradistei Gorges, Iezer-Papusa Massif (Rucar), Zarnestilor Abysses
Also, the Bran-Moeciu area is ideal for those who want to practice agro-tourism, which is very much developed. Lately, the business tourism has also developed a lot in Bran-Moeciu.
For those who are desirous of skiing, on the Gata Valley (Valea Portii) in the Bran commune there are two ski paths, a low grade one and an average grade one, both endowed with cable transport installation.
Herculane Baths Spa (Baile Herculane)
The Herculane Baths spa is the oldest spa of Romania, dating back to the Romans’ time, when its name was “At the sacred waters of Hercules”. It was attested by documents as a resort in 153 A.D.
It is located to the south-west of Romania, in the Caras-Severin county, on the Cerna Valley (Valea Cernei), between the Mehedinti mountains and the Cernei mountains.
The spa is famous for the therapeutic effects of its thermal, sulfurous waters, containing sodium, calcium, magnesium, which are oligo-thermal, slightly radioactive, beneficial both for the internal cure and for the external cure. The climate has Mediterranean influences and the wind is strongly ionized.
It is recommended for the treatment of degenerative rheumatoid pains, of the inflammatory diseases and of the peripheral nervous system.
However, the area is prohibited to people suffering from TBC, liver or kidney diseases, uncompensated heart diseases, high blood pressure exceeding 180 mm HG, Parkinson, ulcer in the acute stage, neoplasm, psychic diseases and toxicomania.
From the Herculane Baths you can make many trips on marked routes.
The shortest route, of just one hour, is the one that binds the Cerna Valley (Valea Cernei) - Cerna village (Cerna Sat) - Corcoaiei Gorges (Cheile Corcoaiei) - Cerna Brook (Izvorul Cernei).
The route Ghizelei Cliff (Stinca Ghizelei) - Codiu Waterfall (Cascada Codiu) can be made in two hours.
The route Munk Brook (Izvorul Munk) - Red Pike (Piscul Rosu) - Steam Cavern (Grota cu aburi) (where the temperature reaches 56oC) - Adam’s Cave (Pestera lui Adam) (169 m long) - Outlaws’ Cavern (Grota haiducilor) (143 m long) can be made in approximately three hours.
It takes four hours to go on the route Pecinisca - Pecinisca’s Gorges (Cheile Peciniscai) - Feregari Valley (Valea Feregari) - Falcon’s Gorges (Cheile Soimului).
A very long route of approximately ten hours is the one that binds Domogled’s Gorges (Cheile Domogledului) - White Cross (Crucea Alba) - Domogled’s Peak (Varful Domogled) (1106 m high).
Cheia is a rest and treatment resort, located on the Teleajen river, in the Teleajen depression, at the feet of Ciucas mountains, at an altitude of 871 m. It is a beneficial place for people who suffer from neurasthenia, physical and intellectual overstressing, benign hyperthyroidism, rachitis, but also for those who want to recover after surgical interventions.
It’s a spa benefiting from a mild climate, located on the Slanic river, in the Prahova county. Slanic Prahova began to develop back in 1885, due to its mineral water sources. Also, in the area where the Baia Baciului, Baia Rosie, Baia Porcilor and Lacul Verde lakes are, with a large salt concentration, being used in treating certain rheumatoid diseases.
It’s also an ideal place for treating other diseases, such as those of the peripheral nervous system, gynecological diseases, respiratory diseases, dermatological diseases and vascular diseases.
In the old “Unirea” salt mine, whose exploitation began in 1943 and which became a tourist sight in 1970, a sanatorium was arranged, 210 m under the ground, where respiratory diseases are treated. In the mine there are monumental sculpture works on historic themes, as well as salt and amber collections originating from the Colti mine of Buzau county.
The descent to the Salt mine is made in an elevator that does not carry more than 10 people. A ticket costs 12 new Lei. Inside the Salt mine there are only 12oC, regardless of the season.
An attraction of the area is the Salt mountain, unique in the world, being declared a natural monument. Unfortunately, the Salt mine of Slanic started to melt many years ago because of the rains that dissolve it. In 2006, a part of the mountain fell into the Bride’s Cavern (Grota Miresii). Because of the floods, the Cavern itself, having a surface of 425 sq.m., began to collapse. The Bride’s Cavern and the lake were formed in 1914, after the collapse of a salt mine.
Tusnad Baths Spa
Located in the central-east area of Romania, in Harghita county, on the Olt river, the Tusnad Baths Spa is protected by the Harghita Mountains and by the Ciumatu Mare Massif. The resort is classified as a baths spa, being recommended for the treatment of the central nervous system, of the heart diseases or of the urinary system diseases. At a 3-hour distance of walk from Baile Tusnad there is the Saint Ana Lake, the only volcanic lake in Romania, at an altitude of 950 m.
Red Lake (Lacul Rosu)
Located in the east of Transylvania, the resort is famous for its picturesque landscape around it, and particularly for the natural barrier lake formed here, the Red Lake, located near the Bicaz Gorges. The resort is at the altitude of 983 m and it is the core of mountain routes.
From here, hiking lovers can go on trips to the Bicaz Gorges, on the Suhardu Mic Peak, on the Suhardu Mare Peal and on the Ucigasu Peak.
Also called the “Pearl of Moldavia”, Slanic Moldova is a permanent season resort, located in the east of Romania, in Bacau county, at the feet of the Nemira Mountains. It is famous for the water sources that were discovered here in 1801. In 1852, the first chemical tests were performed, and in 1877 appeared the first balneal installations. The resort is known for its efficient treatments administered by using natural water sources for a large number of diseases.
Close by there is the Targu Ocna Salt Mine, in the Trotus Valley. In the salt mine, a sanatorium is arranged, 130m under the ground, treating asmatiform diseases, diseases caused by pollution, the overstressing syndrome, neuroses. Also, the sanatorium is famous for treating rheumatoid diseases under special conditions. The sanatorium also has spaces destined to sporting activities, such as table tennis, check or bowling.
Inside the salt mine there is also the St. Varvara Church, built by those who work in the mine. The church was dug in salt at the depth of 240m.
A spa that is famous for the treatment of digestive diseases, Calimanesti Caciulata is in the central-south area of Romania, in the Valcea county, on the right bank of the Olt river, in the sub-Carpathian depression Jiblea-Calimanesti.
The spa is open all year long and benefits from sulphureous, chlorinated, bromated, mineral water sources, with sodium, calcium, magnesium, discovered in 1827.
In the area, there are various tourist attractions, such as the Ostrov Church, founded by Neagoe Basarab and built during the period of 1518-1522, and the cloister of Turnu. Also, at 5 km from the town, there is the Cozia Monastery, built by the ruler Mircea the Old between 1387-1388 and who was buried here. On the walls of the monastery, paintings were kept dating back to 1391.
Another spa located in the Valcea county is Govora. Surrounded by hills covered with beech, oak and pine forests, the resort is famous for its therapeutic sources, rich in chlorine, sodium, iodine, bromine, sulphur (for external cures) and in magnesium and calcium (for internal cures). The water sources were discovered and used for treating diseases back in 1866. The resort is mainly recommended for the treatment of respiratory diseases. Here there is a sanatorium for rheumatoid and respiratory diseases for children.
Located in the central-south area of Romania, surrounded by the Lotru Mountains, the Voineasa resort is recommended for the treatment of neurasthenia, of weak bodies or in case of physical and intellectual overstressing.
It’s an extremely quiet resort, ideal for rest.
Located in the central-north area of Romania, in the Mures county, in the Praid-Sovata depression, Sovata is surrounded by the Gurghiu Mountains. It was first mentioned as a “healing place” in a document dating back to 1597, but it was only in 1850 that it became a spa.
Sovata’s renown is due to the Ursu, Alunis, Verde, Negru, Rosu, Mierlei and Serpilor lakes. These are lakes with chlorinated and sodium waters, involving solar power phenomena, their temperature varying depending on the accumulation of the solar heat in salt water. Virtually, in summer, the temperature of the Ursu Lake, which is the largest solar power lake of Romania, being 18.4 m deep, varies between 10-20°C at the surface, 30-40°C at the depth of 1 m, and 40-60°C at the depth of 1.5 m.
The resort is recommended mainly for the treatment of gynecological diseases, but also for rheumatoid diseases, the area being very well medically equipped.
Located in the north of Romania, in Suceava county, the Vatra Dornei resort is at the junction of the Dorna and Bistrita rivers, in Tara Dornelor, one of the most picturesque depressions of the Oriental Carpathians. Vatra Dornei is surrounded by: Giumalau mountains, Bistrita mountains, Calimani mountains, Rodna mountains, Suhard mountains and Obcina Mestecanis mountains.
It’s a spa that is accessible all year long due to its therapeutic features. In the area, there are many carbonated, ferruginous, slightly bi-carbonated, sodium, calcium, magnesium and hypotonic mineral water sources.
The spa is particularly beneficial for the treatment of heart diseases, but also for treating those who suffer from degenerative and diarthritic rheumatoid diseases, those who suffer from diseases of the peripheral and central nervous system, of gynecological, respiratory diseases, or from nervous disorders. Treatments are performed in the two bases of the spa, located in the "Caliman" Hotel and the "Dorna" Balneal Complex.
Moreover, the area is attractive also for those who want to make mountain trips, as here there are many tourist attractions, one of the favorite routes being the one that includes visiting the monasteries of the North Moldavia (Voronet, Humor, Moldovita and Sucevita). In the center of the spa there is a park that is famous for the large number of squirrels it shelters. Also, a chair-lift binds Vatra Dornei to the Black Hill (Dealul Negru).
Sangeorz Baths (Sangeorz Bai)
The Sangeorz Baths Spa, located in the north of Romania, in the Bistrita-Nasaud county, in the south part of the Rodna Mountains, is known as a balneal resort since the 18th century. The spa is renowned for its many bi-carbonated, chlorinated, sodium, calcium and magnesium mineral water sources, as beneficial as those of Vichy (France) and Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic). It’s a place known for the efficiency of the treatment of digestive tube disorders, of hepatic and biliary diseases, and of the metabolic and nutritional ones.
The attraction of the area is the choke damp on the Prihodiste-Marcus Hill, where gas passes through water, causing a boiling noise, which is distinguishable from a distance. Also, trips to the Lechinta wine cellars are organized in the area.
Borsa is a less known resort, located in the extreme north of Romania, in Maramures county, on the Viseu Valley, close to the Prislop Pass. At the feet of the Rodna Massif a tourist complex developed, offering conditions for practicing alpinism and winter sports. From here, with the aerial ropeway, you can get to the tourist complex at the Stiol Glade and even further, by ski-lift, to the Stiol Peak, 1,611 m high.
Like all the resorts in this area, Borsa benefits from carbonated mineral water sources, or that contain iron, calcium and magnesium. It is a place recommended for treating those who suffer from chronic diseases of the digestive tube, renal diseases, neurasthenia and respiratory disorders.
A rest and treatment resort, open all year long, Durau is located in the north-east of Romania, in Neamt county, at the feet of the Ceahlau Mountains. It is part of the chain of balneal spas of the northern part of the country, with a clean air, without dust and allergenic particles, benefiting from natural water sources used in treating neurasthenia and anemia.
Those who wish to make trips can go to the Ocolasu Mare Peak, 1907 m high, and to the Toaca Peak, 1904 m high, both of them being part of the Ceahlau Mountains. Also, you can go to the Duruitoarea Waterfall.
In the area, there is also a sky path and an artificial skating rink.
Known since 1804, the Borsec town is in the north-east part of Romania, in Harghita county. The spa, which is open all year long, is surrounded by the Bistrita Mountains, Calimani Mountains, Giurgeu Mountains and Ceahlau Mountains. Borsec is located at an altitude of 900 m and it has a cold sub-alpine climate, quite cold during the entire year.
The therapeutic effect of the carbonated mineral water sources or those containing calcium and magnesium are internationally appreciated. Many diseases can be treated in this area. The mineral waters of the Borsec area received the medal of the International Fair of Vienna (1873), the silver medal and the honor diploma of the exhibitions organized in 1876 in Berlin and Trieste, respectively, the honor diploma of the Exhibition in Paris (1878).