Medical Spas

Romanian Spas - Eforie Nord

Started by Romans and unique in Europe. Today Romania's 70 natural spas provide relief for many medical disorders and illnesses including rheumatism, endocrine, kidney, liver, respiratory, heart, stomach and nervous diseases as well as nutrition, metabolism and gynecological disorders.

Romania is home to more than one third of Europe's mineral and thermal springs. Natural factors are complemented — under attentive medical care — by physiotherapy, acupuncture, electrotherapy and medicines produced from plants.

Romania's main spas include: Mangalia, Neptun, Eforie Nord, Covasna, Slanic Moldova, Vatra Dornei, Borsec, Herculane, Buzias, Sovata, Bazna, Ocna Sibiului, Baile Felix, Tusnad, Calimanesti and Govora.

For detailed information on Romania's spas please visit www.spas.ro

Romanian

BAILE FELIX

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Established in the 18th century, Baile Felix is currently Romania's largest health resort, open year-round. The thermal waters found here, very rich in oligominerals, are supplemented by sapropelic mud. This natural combination has proven helpful in easing the effects of rheumatism and some paralysis, as well as gynecological afflictions and nervous disorders.

Fast Facts

Location: Crisana - Northwestern Romania,
(Bihor county) - map
Nearby large town: Oradea (7 miles north)
Climate: Temperate-continental,
Annual average temperature: 50°F
Elevation: 448 ft.
Natural resources: Mineral thermal waters with temperatures
between 105 – 120°F

Therapeutic prescriptions

  • Arthritis and rheumatoid disorders
  • Endocrine system problems
  • Gynecological afflictions
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Post-injury and post-operative rehabilitation
  • Posttraumatic afflictions

Spa facilities

  • Fitness and rehabilitation center
  • Indoor thermal swimming pool
  • Sauna & Jacuzzi

Treatments

  • Aerosols
  • Aqua gym in thermal water
  • Aromatherapy
  • Beauty treatments with Gerovital and Aslavital anti-aging products
  • Electrotherapy
  • Galvanic baths
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Kinetotherapy
  • Paraffin packing
  • Warm mud baths and mud applications

Nearby attractions

The city of Oradea

Where: 7 miles north
Access: car, bus
More information about Oradea: www.romaniatourism.com/oradea.html

Oradea, eight miles east of the Hungarian border, is one of the most picturesque towns in western Romania, as well as an important cultural center with a state theater, puppet theater, philharmonic orchestra, libraries, and museums. At the turn of the last century, most of the town's old houses were rebuilt and customized in the then-trendy architectural style from Vienna called "Secession," featuring richly decorated facades of pale pink, blue, green and white.

There are around 100 religious sites of different denominations in Oradea, including three synagogues, the biggest Baptist church in Eastern Europe and Biserica cu Luna, a church with an astronomical clock depicting the phases of the moon. Other sites worth visiting are the Cris Ethnographic Museum, a museum housed in a large baroque palace with 365 windows, and Cetatea Oradea, a pentagonal fortress.

The city of Arad

Where: 70 miles south
Access: car, bus, train (from Oradea)
More information about Arad: www.romaniatourism.com/arad.html


Straddling the Mures River and occupying parts of both Crisana and Banat provinces, Arad traces its history back to the 12th century. Churches and cathedrals cover four centuries, several denominations, and architectural styles ranging from baroque to neoclassic. The exciting architecture of the buildings in the city's square reflects the influence of the one-time Austrian-Hungarian occupation; most notable are the City Hall and Cenad Palace. Other sites of note include a fortress originally built by the Turks in 1550 (and rebuilt twice in the 17th and 18th centuries), the Palace of Culture and State Philharmonic House.

Bear's Cave in the Bihor Mountains

(Pestera Ursilor)
Where: 57 miles southeast of Baile Felix
Access: car

The Bihor Mountains, descending from east to west, hold some of the best-hidden treasures of Romania. Explore their cave tunnels, underground waterfalls, lakes hidden from the daylight, silent forests, mysterious intermittent springs, canyons and glaciers. Caving or spelunking fans should check out the region's caves, including Chiscau — also known as "Bear's Cave" — west of the Bihor Mountains. Named after the fossil traces of the cave bear species (extinct 15,000 years ago) discovered here, it also has stalactites and stalagmites in unusual shapes, some resembling animals and castles. Guided tours of Bear's Cave are available.

Transportation

By air

Nearest airports located in:
Oradea(OMR) – 7 miles away (www.aeroportoradea.ro)
Cluj (CLJ) – 102 miles away (www.airportcluj.ro)

Airlines with service to the region:
Austrian Airlines (www.austrianairlines.com)
Tarom (www.tarom.ro)

By bus

Baile Felix Bus Station (Autogara)

Daily domestic bus service from/to: Oradea

By car

Bucharest to Baile Felix via A1 / E 81 - E79 / Route 76 – E 671:
Bucuresti – Pitesti – Ramnicu Valcea – Sibiu – Sebes – Orastie – Deva – Brad – Beius – Oradea – Baile Felix

Cluj Napoca to Baile Felix via E60 / Route 1 – E 671:
Cluj Napoca – Huedin – Oradea – Baile Felix

By train

Nearest train station: Oradea

Daily train connections from/to a number of Romanian cities, including Bucharest, Arad, Brasov, Cluj Napoca, Satu Mare, Sighisoara, Suceava.

From Oradea, continue by bus to Baile Felix.

To check the latest train schedules for domestic routes,
please visit the website of Romanian Railways: www.cfrcalatori.ro
The site has complete information about domestic train schedules
and fares.
Note: For departures from/to Bucharest, please select Bucuresti Nord.

Accommodations

Hotel International ****
Address: Baile Felix, Jud. Bihor
Telephone: (259) 318. 445; 318.446; 318.498
E-mail: rezervari@turismfelix.ro
www.hotel.international.baile-felix.descriere.ro/

Hotel President ****
Address: Baile Felix, Jud. Bihor
Telephone: (259) 318.084; 318.381
E-mail: president@mconet.ro
www.baile-felix.ro

Hotel Termal ***
Address: Baile Felix, Jud. Bihor
Telephone: (259) 318.214; 318.215; 318.298
E-mail: rezervari@turismfelix.ro
http://www.hotel.international.baile-felix.descriere.ro/

Hotel Nufarul ***
Address: Baile Felix, Jud. Bihor
Telephone: (259) 318.142; 318.397; 318.143
E-mail: rezervari@turismfelix.ro
http://www.hotel.international.baile-felix.descriere.ro/

Tourist Information

For additional information please visit: www.spas.ro/statiuni/Baile_Felix

Felix Maps

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Romanian

BAZNA

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The small village of Bazna (Baassen in German), located just outside the medieval town of Medias, was first settled in 1302.

The health spa resort, established in 1842, features a unique combination of therapeutic mud and mineral waters which produce excellent results in the treatment of rheumatic and nervous system afflictions.

Another curative element is the Bazna salt, rich in iodine and bromine.

Fast Facts

Location: Transylvania – Central Romania (Sibiu County) - map
Nearby large town: Medias (10 miles southeast)
Climate: Temperate Annual average temperature: 48°F
Elevation: 1024 ft.
Natural resources: Concentrated mineral waters Therapeutic mud

Therapeutic prescriptions

  • Ear, nose & throat afflictions
  • Endocrine system problems
  • Arthritis and rheumatoid disorders
  • Post trauma paresis and paralysis
  • Stress-related disorders

Spa facilities

  • Fitness and rehabilitation center
  • Indoor thermal swimming pool with Bazna salt water
  • Massage
  • Sauna

Treatments

  • Galvanic baths
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Kinetotherapy
  • Mineral water baths
  • Mud applications

Nearby attractions

Medieval town of Medias

Where: 10 miles southeast of Bazna
Access:  car, bus

More information about Medias: www.romaniatourism.com/medieval.html#medias

During the Middle Ages, Medias, like most other towns in Transylvania, was strongly fortified. Its 33 craft guilds built, maintained and defended the bastions of the walled city against invading forces. The fortified church of St. Margaret represented the core around which the citadel gradually developed. The center of the ancient settlement of Medias has maintained a medieval feel with narrow winding lanes, centuries-old houses and a large pedestrian square surrounded by colorful facades

The Fortified Church at Valea Viilor

Location: 15 miles south of Bazna
Access: car
More information:
www.romaniatourism.com/castles-fortresses.html#valeaviilor

Located in the Vineyards Valley, this fortified church was built in 1263 in gothic style and was enlarged and fortified in the 15th and 16th centuries by adding a range of 26-feet-tall and five-feet- wide walls. Inside, you can admire Saxon furniture dating from the 16th century.

Tarnave Vineyard & Jidvei Winery

Where: 15 miles west of Bazna
Address: Str. Unirii 9, Jidvei, Alba County
Telephone: (258) 881.881
Access: car
Web: www.jidvei.ro

The Tarnave vineyard in Transylvania is one of Romania's major white wine producers. With its cool climate and slopes that stretch from the Tarnava Mare (Large Tarnava) to the Tarnava Mica (Small Tarnava) rivers, the region is ideal for fruity white grapes with a very good acidity. The area has a long tradition of producing excellent dry and medium-dry wines such as Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Ottonel, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Traminer.

Although wooden tools have been replaced by modern winepresses and state of the art technology, grape picking, the control of fermentation, clarity, stability, the storage and maturation of wine are all carried out according to a special set of rules handed down from generation to generation. There are also traditions of wine making in some of the Saxon villages in this region, with small vineyards producing must (new wine) for the larger wineries.

Jidvei Winery

Wine and champagne tasting is offered at the 16th century Bethlen Castle in Cetatea de Balta, located between Tarnaveni and Blaj.

The Fortified Church at Biertan

Where: 22 miles south east of Bazna
Access: car
More information:
www.romaniatourism.com/castles-fortresses#biertan

In the nearby countryside, 13th century Biertan, a UNESCO World Heritage town, stands high on a hill, enclosed by walls more than 35 feet high. The most famous of the fortified churches, Biertan was the seat of the Lutheran bishops from 1527 to 1867.

Medieval town of Sighisoara (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Where: 30 miles east of Bazna
Access:  car, bus, train (from Medias)

More information: www.RomaniaTourism.com/Sighisoara.html

Transylvania is also home to the exquisite medieval town of Sighisoara (find out more about Sighisoara), a perfectly intact 15th century gem with nine towers, narrow passageways and cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, nicknamed Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes), ruler of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was Vlad who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation, Count Dracula. His house is just one of many attractions here. Others include: the Church on the Hill, with its 500-year-old frescoes; the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian Renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque painted pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ; and the Venetian House, built in the 13th century. In the nearby countryside, another UNESCO World Heritage town, 13th century Biertan (more information: castles.html#biertan), stands high on a hill as one of the largest and most impressive medieval strongholds in Transylvania.

The Fortified Church at Saschiz (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Where: 40 miles east of Bazna
Access: car
Web:
www.saschiz.ro/en/index.htm
More information: www.romaniatourism.com/castles.html#saschiz

Saschiz is renowned not only as home to one of Transylvania's finest fortified churches but also as a carpentry and wood-painting center. It was here that Saschiz blue pottery was born in 1702.

The Evangelical Church of Saschiz was built between 1493 and 1496 by Saxon colonists. The monument is very impressive due to its sheer size and the way the fortifying elements have been adapted to the shape of a church building. From the outside, the church appears to be a bulwark, but its defensive role is surpassed by the beauty of its gothic elements: huge arches, massive buttresses and decorative stone and brick aspects. Due to the significant distance between the center of the village and the hill on which a Saxon fortress was built in 1496, the fortified Evangelical church became the main refuge for the inhabitants of Saschiz during invading raids.

Medieval town of Sibiu

Where: 43 miles south of Bazna
Access: car, bus, train (from Medias)
More information:
www.RomaniaTourism.com/Sibiu.html

Designated European Capital of Culture in 2007, Sibiu (find out more about Sibiu) retains the grandeur of its earlier days when rich and powerful guilds dominated regional trade.  Explore the old city center with its upper town, home to most of Sibiu's historic sites, and lower town, lined with colorful houses on cobblestone streets and bounded by imposing city walls and defense towers overlooking the river Cibin.

Transportation

By air

Nearest airports located in:
Sibiu(SBZ) – 43 miles away (www.sibiuairport.ro)
Targu Mures (TGM) (www.targumuresairport.ro) – 58 miles away
Cluj (CLJ) – 75 miles away (www.airportcluj.ro)

Airlines with service to the region:
Austrian Airlines (www.austrianairlines.com)
Tarom (www.tarom.ro)
WizAir (www.wizzair.com)

By bus

Bazna Bai Bus Station (Autogara Bazna Bai)
Web: www.autogari.ro/Transport/Bazna_Bai-Medias/12804-522.aspx

Daily domestic bus service from/to: Medias

By car

Bucharest to Bazna via A1 – E81 – DN14:
Bucuresti – Pitesti – Ramnicu Valcea – Sibiu – Medias - Bazna

Cluj Napoca to Bazna via E81 – E60 – DN14:
Cluj Napoca – Turda – Iernut – Tarnaveni – Bazna

Sibiu to Bazna via DN14:
Sibiu – Copsa Mica – Medias – Bazna

Targu Mures to Bazna via E60 – DN14:
Targu Mures – Sighisoara – Medias – Bazna

By train

Nearest train station: Medias

From Medias, continue by bus to Bazna.
Medias Bus Station (Address: Str. Unirii 11)

Daily train connections from/to a number of Romanian cities, including Bucharest , Alba Iulia, Arad, Brasov, Cluj Napoca, Oradea, Sibiu, Sighisoara and Timisoara.

To check the latest train schedules for domestic routes, please visit the website of Romanian Railways: www.cfrcalatori.ro
The site has complete information about domestic train schedules and fares.
Note: For departures from/to Bucharest, please select Bucuresti Nord.

Accommodations

Hotel Expro ***
Address: Str. Avram Iancu
Telephone: (269) 831.512
Email: reservari@bazna.ro
Web: www.bazna.ro

Tourist Info

For additional information, please visit: www.spas.ro/statiuni/Bazna

Maps

- Regions Map - hist-reg-map.html
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Romanian

EFORIE NORD

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The waters of Lake Techirghiol are five times saltier than the sea.

Eforie Nord is located on the Romanian Black Sea coast, nearby Lake Techirghiol, whose waters have long been held as cure for arthritic, rheumatic, internal and nervous system disorders.

Eforie Nord was established in 1894, when a clinic first opened here.
Later, under the patronage of King Carol I (1839 – 1914), a health resort sprang up. Besides the sea air and sun, another curative factor is the rich, black, sapropelic mud – knows locally as namol – from Techirghiol Lake.
Today, Eforie Nord treatments include mud baths as well as world-famous Gerovital and Aslavital original rejuvenation treatments.

Fast Facts

Location: Dobrogea - Southeastern Romania
(Constanta County) - map
Nearby large town: Constanta (7 miles north)
Climate: Continental climate with hot summers
Annual average temperature: 50°F20
Elevation: 65 ft.
Natural resources: Concentrated salty water from Techirghiol Lake, Sapropelic mud from Techirghiol Lake, Saline aerosols and heliotherapy.

Therapeutic prescriptions

  • Arthritis and rheumatoid disorders
  • Breathing and cardiovascular afflictions
  • Endocrine system problems (hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism)
  • Gynecological afflictions
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Peripheral nerve diseases
  • Skin problems

Spa facilities

  • Beauty spa
  • Fitness and rehabilitation centre
  • Indoor and outdoor pools with water brought from Lake Techirghiol or seawater
  • Jacuzzi & sauna
  • Massage

Treatments

  • Aerosols
  • Electrotherapy
  • Gerovital and Aslavital treatments
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Kinotherapy
  • Thalassotherapy
  • Warm baths with concentrated salty water from Techirghiol Lake
  • Warm mud baths and mud applications

Nearby attractions

The city of Constanta

Where: 7 miles north of Eforie Nord
Access: car bus, train
www.RomaniaTourism.com/Constanta.html

The city of Mangalia

Where: 20 miles south of Eforie Nord
Access: car, bus, train

Built on the site where the city of Callatis stood 2,400 years ago and where ancient stone tombs, statues of gods and other artifacts have been found, Mangalia provides treatments for afflictions related to the kidneys, digestive and nervous systems, skin and liver. Its name comes from the Byzantine word Pangalia, meaning "the most beautiful," and it developed as a spa resort after the Second World War.

While in Mangalia, you can visit the Callatis Archeological Museum, the ruins of the Callatis Fortress (7th century BC), the Syrian Basilica and the 16th century Esmahan Sultan Mosque, the oldest mosque in Romania.

Murfatlar Vineyards

Where: 23 miles northwest of Eforie Nord
Access: car
Web: www.murfatlar.com

More than 300 days of sunshine a year, long and warm autumns and cool winds from the Black Sea make this region ideal for the production of sweet dessert wines such as late harvest Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. At the Murfatlar Vineyard, you can enjoy traditional dishes from the Dobrogea region and sample some of the finest wines, such as the award-winning Lacrima lui Ovidiu, 3 Hectare Limited Edition, Sec de Murfatlar and Rai de Murfatlar, while taking in the picturesque landscape from the wine cellar's terrace. Complete the tour with a visit to the Vine and Wine Museum, located near the wine cellar. On display, you will find ancient Greek and Roman amphorae and an impressive collection of wine presses, proof of Dobrogea's noble wine-making tradition.

Tulcea & the Danube Delta

(UNESCO Heritage Site)
Where: 85miles north of Eforie Nord
Access: car, bus, train (with transfer in Medgidia)
www.RomaniaTourism.com/Tulcea.html

Visit Tulcea, one of the oldest cities in Romania, and continue with an exploration of the Danube Delta, one of Europe's leading wildlife sanctuaries. The Delta is a 2,200-square-mile wildlife reserve designated by UNESCO as a 'Reservation of the Biosphere'. Its tree-fringed lakes, reed islands, marshes and oak forests are home to more than 3,400 animal species, along with over a thousand varieties of plant life. The Delta's waters teem with some 160 species of fresh- and salt-water fish. Bird-watchers will be especially enthralled here, with opportunities to spot more than 300 species of migratory and permanent birds including eagles, egrets, vultures, geese, cranes, ibises, cormorants, swans and pelicans.

Transportation

By air

Nearest airport located in:
Constanta – Mihail Kolgalniceanu International Airport (CND) 23 miles away
www.mk-airport.ro

By car

Bucharest to Eforie Nord via Sun Highway (Autostrada Soarelui) DN A2/DN A3 - E 87:
Bucharest - Fundulea – Lehliu - Drajna – Fetesti - Cernavoda – Constanta – Eforie Nord

By train

Eforie Nord Train Station
There is daily INTERCITY (Express) service between Bucharest and Constanta. In the summertime, there are several daily trains with service every half-hour between Constanta and Eforie Nord.

To check the latest train schedules for domestic routes
please visit the website of the Romanian Railways: www.cfrcalatori.ro
The site has complete information about
domestic train schedules and fares.
Note: For departures from /to Bucharest please select Bucuresti Nord

Accommodations

Hotel Europa – Ana Aslan Health Spa Centre ****
Address: Str. Republicii 13
Tel: (241) 741.710
Email: reservation@hotel-europa.ro
Web: www.anahotels.ro

Hotel Astoria ***
Address: Bvd. Tudor Vladimirescu 9
Tel: (241) 743.490
Email: office@astoria-eforie.ro
Web: www.anahotels.ro

Hotel Britannia (Delfinul) ***
Address: Blvd. Tudor Vladimirescu 42
Tel: (241) 704.105
Email: turism@steauademare-britannia.ro
Web: www.steauademare-britannia.ro

For a complete list of available accommodations in Eforie Nord
please check our Accommodations guide.

Tourist Info

Constanta Tourist Information Centre (Centrul de Informare Turistica)
Tel: (241) 488.600 or 488.601
Email: constanta_cit@yahoo.com

Black Sea Coast Tourist Information Centre (Info Litoral)
Tel: (241) 555.000
Email:
info@infolitoral.ro
Web: www.infolitoral.ro

For additional information please visit: www.spas.ro/statiuni/Eforie_Nord

Maps

- Regions Map - hist-reg-map.html
- Romania - Detail Map - romania-detail-map.html
- Eforie Nord Spa - Area Map - www.romaniatourism.com/.../op101112.html

Romanian

MANGALIA SPA

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Built on the site where the city of Callatis stood 2,400 years ago and where ancient stone tombs, statues of gods and other artifacts have been found, Mangalia provides treatments for afflictions related to the kidneys, digestive and nervous systems, skin and liver. Its name comes from the Byzantine word Pangalia, meaning "the most beautiful," and it developed as a spa resort in the 1940s.

The southernmost Romanian town on the Black Sea Coast, situated at the same latitude as the French city Nisa, benefits by many natural resources: sapropelic mud from Techirghiol Lake, sea water, sulphurous waters, and a marine bioclimate, rich in saline aerosols and solar radiation, which stimulate the human organism.

While in Mangalia, you can visit the Callatis Archeological Museum, the ruins of the Callatis Fortress (7th century BC), the Syrian Basilica and the 16th century Esmahan Sultan Mosque, the oldest mosque in Romania.

Fast Facts

Location: Dobrogea - Southeastern Romania
(Constanta County) - map
Nearby large town: Constanta (27 miles north)
Climate: Continental climate with hot summers
Annual average temperature: 50°F
Elevation: 32 ft.
Natural resources: Saline aerosols, Sapropelic mud, Seawater, Sulphurous - hypotonic thermal springs

Therapeutic prescriptions

  • Arthritis and rheumatoid disorders
  • Endocrine system problems (hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism)
  • Gynecological afflictions
  • Kidney and urinary diseases
  • Peripheral nerve diseases
  • Post-injury and post-operative rehabilitation
  • Respiratory afflictions
  • Skin problems

Spa facilities

  • Indoor thermal swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Fitness and rehabilitation centre

Treatments

  • Acupuncture
  • Aero heliotherapy and wave therapy
  • Aerosols
  • Aqua gym in thermal water
  • Electrotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Kinotherapy
  • Medical gymnastics in sea water or sulphurous water pool
  • Ozonised thermal bath with underwater massage
  • Pellamar and Gerovital anti-aging treatments
  • Warm mud baths and mud applications

Nearby attractions

The city of Constanta

Where: 27 miles north of Mangalia
Access: car bus, train
www.RomaniaTourism.com/Constanta.html

Murfatlar Vineyards

Where: 43 miles northwest of Mangalia
Access: car

Web: www.murfatlar.com

More than 300 days of sunshine a year, long and warm autumns and cool winds from the Black Sea make this region ideal for the production of sweet dessert wines such as late harvest Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. At the Murfatlar Vineyard, you can enjoy traditional dishes from the Dobrogea region and sample some of the finest wines, such as the award-winning Lacrima lui Ovidiu, 3 Hectare Limited Edition, Sec de Murfatlar and Rai de Murfatlar, while taking in the picturesque landscape from the wine cellar's terrace. Complete the tour with a visit to the Vine and Wine Museum, located near the wine cellar. On display, you will find ancient Greek and Roman amphorae and an impressive collection of wine presses, proof of Dobrogea's noble wine-making tradition.

Tulcea & the Danube Delta

(UNESCO Heritage Site)
Where: 105 miles north of Eforie Nord

Access: car, bus, train (with transfer in Constanta and then Medgidia)
www.RomaniaTourism.com/Tulcea.html

Visit Tulcea, one of the oldest cities in Romania, and continue with an exploration of the Danube Delta, one of Europe's leading wildlife sanctuaries. The Delta is a 2,200-square-mile wildlife reserve designated by UNESCO as a 'Reservation of the Biosphere'. Its tree-fringed lakes, reed islands, marshes and oak forests are home to more than 3,400 animal species, along with over a thousand varieties of plant life. The Delta's waters teem with some 160 species of fresh- and salt-water fish. Bird-watchers will be especially enthralled here, with opportunities to spot more than 300 species of migratory and permanent birds including eagles, egrets, vultures, geese, cranes, ibises, cormorants, swans and pelicans.

Transportation

By air

Nearest airport located in:
Constanta – Mihail Kolgalniceanu International Airport (CND) 42 miles away
www.mk-airport.ro

By car

Bucharest to Mangalia viaDN A2/DN A3 and E 87:
Bucharest - Fundulea – Lehliu - Drajna – Fetesti - Cernavoda – Constanta – Mangalia

By train

Mangalia Train Station
There is daily INTERCITY (Express) service between Bucharest and Constanta. From Constanta there are several daily trains with service every half-hour between Constanta and Mangalia.

To check the latest train schedules for domestic routes
please visit the website of the Romanian Railways: www.cfrcalatori.ro
The site has complete information about
domestic train schedules and fares.
Note: For departures from /to Bucharest please select Bucuresti Nord

Accommodations

Hotel Paradiso ***
Address: Str. Matei Basarab 3, Mangalia
Tel: (241) 752.052
Email: mangalia@hotelparadiso.ro
Web: www.hotelparadiso.ro

Hotel President ****
Address: Str. Teilor 6, Mangalia
Tel: (241) 755.861
Email: office@hpresident.com
Web: www.hpresident.com

For a complete list of available accommodations in Mangalia
please check our Accommodations guide.

Tourist Info

Constanta Tourist Information Centre (Centrul de Informare Turistica)
Tel: (241) 488.600 or 488.601
Email: constanta_cit@yahoo.com

Black Sea Coast Tourist Information Centre (Info Litoral)
Tel: (241) 555.000
Email:
info@infolitoral.ro
Web: www.infolitoral.ro

For additional information please visit: www.spas.ro/statiuni/Mangalia

Maps

- Regions Map - hist-reg-map.html
- Romania - Detail Map - romania-detail-map.html
- Mangalia Spa - Area Map - www.romaniatourism.com/.../op101112.html

Romanian

OCNA SIBIULUI SPA

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Mud packing, aerosols treatments and salt water baths in lakes created after several old salt mines had been inundated, have been used here successfully in the treatment of rheumatic, dermatological, endocrine and gynecological afflictions, as well as asthma.

Fast Facts

Location: Transylvania – Central Romania (Sibiu County) - map
Nearby large town: Sibiu (9 miles south)
Climate: Temperate Annual average temperature: 48°F
Elevation: 1280 ft.
Natural resources: Salt lake, Mineral waters, Sapropelic mud

Therapeutic prescriptions

  • Arthritis and rheumatoid disorders
  • Post trauma paresis and paralysis rehabilitation

Spa facilities

  • Fitness and rehabilitation centre
  • Indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • Sauna & Jacuzzi

Treatments

  • Electrotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Kinotherapy
  • Massage
  • Thermotherapy

Nearby attractions

Medieval town of Sibiu

Where: 9 miles south of Ocna Sibiului
Access: car, bus, train
www.RomaniaTourism.com/Sibiu.html

Marginimea Sibiului

Access: Local trains from Sibiu to Sebes stop at Sibiel (25 minutes),
Saliste (35 minutes) and Miercurea Sibiului (1 ¼ hours).

One scene among the Saliste church's frescoes remains covered at all times. It depicts the devil surrounded by naked human bodies, a subject the villagers consider too obscene to be displayed. Tourists, however, can take a look upon request.C

Located at the foothills of the Cindrel Mountains, a half-hour drive from Sibiu, this region is considered one of Transylvania's best-preserved ethnographic areas. Marginimea Sibiului, meaning Borders of Sibiu, encompasses a string of 18 villages*, rich in architecture, history and heritage. Age-old traditions, customs and celebrations, as well as the traditional occupation of sheepherding, have been carefully passed down from generation to generation in the villages of this area.

* The 18 villages are: Boita, Sadu, Raul Sadului, Talmaciu, Talmacel. Rasinari, Poplaca, Gura Raului, Orlat, Fantanele, Sibiel, Vale, Saliste, Gales, Tilisca, Rod, Poiana Sibiului and Jina.

Rasinari, dating to 1204, is the oldest, followed by Talmaciu (1318), Orlat (1322) and Saliste(1354). Saliste claims the oldest church, housing beautiful interior frescoes (1674), while Poiana Sibiului's wooden church was built in 1771.

Transportation

By air

Nearest airports located in:
Sibiu(SBZ) – 9 miles away (www.sibiuairport.ro)
Targu Mures (TGM) - 75 miles away - www.targumuresairport.ro
Cluj (CLJ) – 110 miles away (www.airportcluj.ro)

Airlines with service to the region:
Austrian Airlines - www.austrianairlines.com
Tarom - www.tarom.ro
WizAir - www.wizzair.com

By bus

Ocna Sibiului Bus Station (Autogara)
http://www.autogari.ro/Transport/Ocna_Sibiului-Sibiu/533-520.aspx?lang=UK

Daily domestic bus service from/to: Sibiu

By car

Bucharest to Ocna Sibiului via A1 – E81:
Bucuresti – Pitesti – Ramnicu Valcea – Sibiu – Ocna Sibiului

Cluj Napoca to Ocna Sibiului via E81 / Route 1
Cluj Napoca – Turda – Aiud – Alba Iulia – Sebes – Cristian - Ocna Sibiului

Targu Mures to Ocna Sibiului via E60 – DN14:
Targu Mures – Sighisoara – Medias – Tapu – Ocna Sibiului

By train

Ocna Sibiului Train Station
Daily train connections from/to Copsa Mica, Medias, Sibiu. For service to/from other cities please change trains in Sibiu.

To check the latest train schedules for domestic routes,
please visit the website of Romanian Railways: www.cfrcalatori.ro
The site has complete information about domestic
train schedules and fares.
Note: For departures from/to Bucharest, please select Bucuresti Nord.

Accommodations

Hotel Helios ****
Address:  Str. Bailor 22 – 24, Ocna Sibiului
Telephone: (269) 577 387
Email: rezervari@ocnasibiului.ro
Web: www.ocnasibiului.ro

Hotel Salinas ***
Address: Str. Bailor 22 – 24, Ocna Sibiului
Telephone: (269) 577 387
Email: rezervari@ocnasibiului.ro
Web: www.ocnasibiului.ro

Tourist Info

Sibiu Tourist Information Centre (Centrul de Informare Turistica)
Address: Piata Mare 7
Telephone: (269) 208.913
Email: turism@sibiu.ro
Web: www.sibiu.ro

For additional information please visit: www.spas.ro/statiuni/Ocna_Sibiului

Maps

- Regions Map - hist-reg-map.html
- Romania - Detail Map - romania-detail-map.html
- Ocna Sibiului Spa - Area Map - www.romaniatourism.com/.../fgh789.html

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SOVATA SPA

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First mentioned in a 1597 document but recorded as a resort in 1850, Sovata is located at 1,600 ft. above the sea level, in the stunning forested region of Transylvania, Sovata features the heliothermal Ursu (Bear) lake – unique in Europe. The mineral waters here are highly prescribed in gynecological and sterility afflictions.

The nearby salt mine from Praid offers a suitable environment for the treatment of afflictions of the respiratory system, such as asthma.

Fast Facts

Location: Transylvania - Central Romania
(Mures County) - map
Nearby large town: Targu Mures (35 miles west)
Climate: Temperate-continental
Annual average temperature: 45 F
Elevation: 1,520 – 1,696 ft.
Natural resources: Mineral waters, Sapropelic mud

Therapeutic prescriptions

  • Gynecological afflictions (ovarian insufficiency, secondary sterility)
  • Arthritis and rheumatoid disorders
  • Posttraumatic afflictions
  • Peripheral nerve diseases
  • Endocrine system problems (hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism)
  • Cardiovascular afflictions

Spa facilities

  • Aqua gym
  • Fitness and rehabilitation centre
  • Indoor thermal swimming pool
  • Natural thermal lakes
  • Sauna

Treatments

  • Electrotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Massage
  • Mud applications & mud packing
  • Warm baths

Nearby attractions

Medieval town of Sighisoara (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Where: 35 miles southwest of Sovata
Access:  car, bus (from Targu Mures)
www.RomaniaTourism.com/Sighisoara.html

Transylvania is also home to the exquisite medieval town of Sighisoara, a perfectly intact 15th century gem with nine towers, narrow passageways and cobbled streets, burgher houses and ornate churches. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sighisoara is also the birthplace of Vlad Dracula, nicknamed Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes), ruler of Walachia from 1456 to 1462. It was Vlad who inspired Bram Stoker's fictional creation, Count Dracula. His house is just one of many attractions here. Others include: the Church on the Hill, with its 500-year-old frescoes; the Church of the Dominican Monastery, known for its Transylvanian Renaissance carved altarpiece, baroque painted pulpit, Oriental carpets and 17th century organ; and the Venetian House, built in the 13th century. In the nearby countryside, another UNESCO World Heritage town, 13th century Biertan, stands high on a hill as one of the largest and most impressive medieval strongholds in Transylvania.

The Fortified Church at Saschiz (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Where: 42 miles south of Sovata
Access: car

Saschiz is renowned not only as home to one of Transylvania's finest fortified churches but also as a carpentry and wood-painting center. It was here that Saschiz blue pottery was born in 1702.

The Evangelical Church of Saschiz was built between 1493 and 1496 by Saxon colonists. The monument is very impressive due to its sheer size and the way the fortifying elements have been adapted to the shape of a church building. From the outside, the church appears to be a bulwark, but its defensive role is surpassed by the beauty of its gothic elements: huge arches, massive buttresses and decorative stone and brick aspects. Due to the significant distance between the center of the village and the hill on which a Saxon fortress was built in 1496, the fortified Evangelical church became the main refuge for the inhabitants of Saschiz during invading raids.

The Fortified Church at Biertan

Where: 60 miles southwest of Sovata
Access: car

In the nearby countryside, 13th century Biertan, a UNESCO World Heritage town, stands high on a hill, enclosed by walls more than 35 feet high. The most famous of the fortified churches, Biertan was the seat of the Lutheran bishops from 1527 to 1867.

Hasmas - Bicaz Gorges National Park & Ceahlau National Park

(Cheile Bicazului & Masivul Ceahlau)
Where: 65 miles northeast of Sovata

Access: car

How to get here: Daily bus and train service from Iasi and Piatra Neamt
The road that slices through the Bicaz Gorges (Cheile Bicazului) is among Romania's most staggering and spectacular. The gorge twists and turns steeply uphill for three miles, cutting through sheer 1,000-foot limestone cliffs on its journey through the mountains.

For hikers, kayakers and fly-fishing enthusiasts, the Hasmas - Bicaz National Park's main attraction is the Red Lake (Lacul Rosu), created in 1837 after a major natural landslide. Short and long walks provide access to the lake's spectacular scenery and many fishing spots. The Bicaz Gorges offer a unique view of the Ceahlau Massif.

Surrounded by watercourses and lakes, Ceahlau Mountain, the Olympus of Romania (it was considered to be the sacred mountain of Zalmoxis, the god of the Dacians), displays an incredible concentration of rare species and wildlife. Over 2,000 flower species, fossil limestone, the rock formations Dochia and Cusma Dorobantului, and the Duruitoarea Falls are some of the highlights of the park.

Transportation

By air

Nearest airports located in:
Targu Mures (TGM) - 35 miles away (www.targumuresairport.ro)
Sibiu(SBZ) – 90 miles away (www.sibiuairport.ro)
Cluj (CLJ) – 100 miles away (www.airportcluj.ro)

Airlines with service to the region:
Austrian Airlines - www.austrianairlines.com
Tarom - www.tarom.ro
WizAir - www.wizzair.com

By bus

Sovata Bai Bus Station (Autogara)

Daily domestic bus service from/to: Targu Mures, Praid

By car

Bucharest to Sovata via E 60 / Route 1 - E 60 / Route 13 – DN13 A:
Bucuresti – Sinaia – Brasov – Rupea – Sighisoara - Sangeorgiu de Padure– Sovata

Cluj Napoca to Sovata via E60 / Route 15 - E60 / Route 13 – DN 13A:
Cluj Napoca – Turda – Targu Mures - Sangeorgiu de Padure– Sovata

Sibiu to Sovata via DN14 – E 60 / Route 13 – DN13 A:
Sibiu – Cospa Mica – Medias – Sighisoara - Sangeorgiu de Padure– Sovata

Targu Mures to Sovata via E60 / Route 13 - DN 13A:
Targu Mures – Sangeorgiu de Padure – Sovata

By train

Nearest train station: Targu Mures

From Targu Mures Bus Station (Str. Unirii 11) there is daily bus service to Sovata.

Daily train connections from/to a number of Romanian cities, including Bucharest , Arad, Brasov, Sibiu.
For Sibiu, Cluj Napoca and Sighisoara you must change trains at Razboieni.

To check the latest train schedules for domestic routes,
please visit the website of Romanian Railways: www.cfrcalatori.ro
The site has complete information about domestic train 
schedules and fares.
Note: For departures from/to Bucharest, please select Bucuresti Nord.
For departures from/to Targu Mures, please select Tirgu Mures.

Accommodations

Danubius Health Spa Resort Sovata ****
Address: Str. Trandafirilor 82, Sovata
Telephone: (265) 570.151
Email: sovatahotel@szovata.ro
Web: www.sovatahotel.ro

Hotel Edelweiss ***
Address: Str. Stana de Vale 9, Sovata
Telephone: (265) 577.728 or 577.748
Email: edelweiss@digicom.ro
Web: www.hoteledelweiss.ro

Hotel Tivoli ***
Address: Str. Tivoli 1, Sovata
Telephone: (265) 570 493 or 744 660.494
Email: tivoli_hotel@yahoo.com
Web: www.hotel-tivoli.ro

Tourist Info

Targu Mures Tourist Information Centre
(Centrul de Informare Turistica)

Address: Str. Enescu 2
Telephone: (365) 404.934
Email: turism@cjmures.ro
Web: www.cjmures.ro

For additional information please visit: spas.ro/statiuni/Sovata/

Maps

- Regions Map - hist-reg-map.html
- Romania - Detail Map - romania-detail-map.html
- Sovata Spa - Area Map - www.romaniatourism.com/.../fgh456.html

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