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.
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.
More information at: Baile Felix Spa
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.
More information at: Bazna Spa
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.
More information at: Eforie Nord Spa
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.
More information at: Mangalia Spa
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.
More information at: Ocna Sibiului Spa
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.
More information at: Sovata Spa