The Romans initiated the Romanian tradition of health cures

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 miraculous

The main spas offer relief for rheumatic and cardio-vascular diseases, respiratory ailments, various disorders of the digestive and nervous system, and dermathological and gynaecological problems.

Modern equipment and personalised service

All treatments are conducted under strict supervision by the official Institute of Physical Medicine, Balneology and Medical Rehabilitation.

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

Baile Herculane

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.

Baile Felix

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 dermatological ailments

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 diseases.

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 important.

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 postpone ageing.

Beauty care gives finishing touch!

In particular the therapy counters memory loss, improves blood circulation in the brain and helps revitelise the internal organs.

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 abroad.


Treatment centres in picturesque, vivifying surroundings


Thermal springs add their therapeutic properties to the cure