For many people a holiday in a spa is an agreeable relaxing
luxury. To others, mineral water, mofettes (natural sources of carbon
dioxide), and mudbaths are the compounds of a thourough treatment for
aches and pains.
To both kinds of visitors Romania can be quite a miracle.
Prices are very reasonable and no less than 3,000 mineral and thermal
water springs are located here.
The country has 70 health resorts, some founded by the
ancient Romans. Today patients come from all over Europe to receive
therapeutic care from specialists in well-equipped clinics of the
leading spas, while enjoying their magnificent holiday locations.
They are no miracles, but Romanian cures often seem
The main spas offer relief for rheumatic and
cardio-vascular diseases, respiratory ailments, various disorders of
the digestive and nervous system, and dermathological and
Modern equipment and personalised service
All treatments are conducted under strict supervision by
the official Institute of Physical Medicine, Balneology and Medical
The normal length of a stay at a spa is of two to three
weeks, at the end of which you are given a full medical bulletin,
including diagnosis, the results of tests and recommendation.
If you feel miraculously better afterwards, it's because
treatment is methodical and performed skilfully.
A Quick Look at Romania's Top Spas
The most renowned health resort is Baile Herculane,
established by the Romans in the wooded Cerna Valley in the southern
Carpathians, an idyllic site.
The curative water from one of Romania's 70 spas
Open all year round, its fifteen mineral and thermal
springs treat rheumatic, nervous and nutritional problems.
The facilities include massage rooms and indoor and outdoor
thermal swiming pools. The hotels are modern and comfortable.
This "Spa of Happiness", Romania's largest, is close to
the city of Oradea in the north-west and enjoys a mild local
"micro-climate" even in winter.
Sapropelic mud for the treatment of rheumatic and
The thermal waters, very rich in oligominerals, are
supplemented by sapropelic mud in treating rheumatic arthritis, lumbago
as well as gynaecological and nervous disorders.
Respiratory ailments are among the many disorders treated
The international clientele gives a sparkle to the life of
the modern three-star hotels.
Sovata - a favourite spa for women
At 490 m (1,600 ft) above the sea level in the stunning
forested countryside of Transylvania, Sovata has a most extraordinary
heliothermal lake, called Ursu.
Instead of becoming colder, the water is warmer and more
salty deeper down than it is at the surface!
This chlorosodic water and the sapropelic mud of the lake
are especially effective for gynaecological disorders, for rheumatism
and peripheral nervous disorders.
Up-to-date installations and hotels, plus a stimulating dry
subalpine climate make a stay in Sovata extremely agreeable!
Other Spas in the Carpathians
There are numerous health resorts in the mountains.
Sinaia, near Brasov, is a sought after holiday centre. Tusnad, north of
Brasov, by a calm and picturesque lake, is important for bicarbonated
and gaseous mineral waters and mofettes for treating cardio-vascular
The French Emperor Napoleon III received water from the Olt
Valley in the southern Carpathians; today its twin resorts of
Calimanesti and Caciulata heal disorders of the digestive tract and
kidneys in the elegance of Belle Epoque balneary pavilions, combined
with totally up-to-date treatment centres.
Nearby, the small spa of Baile Olanesti provides cures for
digestive and kidney disorders, gout, obesity and diabetes, again amid
fine mountain scenery.
Down on the long sandy beaches of the Black Sea, and
endowed with all the holiday attractions there, are the spas of Eforie
Nord, Eforie Sud, Neptun and Mangalia. Eforie Nord is the most
All utilise the fine, smooth, sapropelic mud from Lake
Techirghiol to tackle skin problems and rheumatic, post-traumatic, and
gynaecological problems. Thalassotherapy is also available. Thanks to
heated treatment centres, these spas stay open all year round.
The Aslan Therapy and how to find out more
No account of Romania cures would be complete without
mention of the therapy pioneered by Dr Ana Aslan. This utilises the
biotrophic properties of two products, Gerovital H3 and Aslavital, to
Beauty care gives finishing touch!
In particular the therapy counters memory loss, improves
blood circulation in the brain and helps revitelise the internal
It is available as an additional treatment at most Romanian
Spas, as well at the specialised Otopeni Clinic outside Bucharest and
the Flora Hotel in the capital itself.
Finally, for more information about the many curative
programmes in Romania, write to ONT "Carpati" S.A, 7 Gen. Magheru,
Bucharest, phone: 021-6145160, fax: 021-3123907. "Litoral" SA, Mamaia,
Bucharest Hotel, phone: 0241-831152, fax: 0241-831276. "Felix" SA,
Baile Felix, phone: 0259-261338. Or to Romanian Tourist Information Offices