Landscape from Valea Oltului qualitative touristic organization is somehow restraint, but this segment is in a permanent development process, due to the high demand and of the results described as “miraculous”.
In the Carpathian Mountains, there is the most important resort in the country. In the North side of the Carpathian chain there are the resorts of Vatra Domei, Poiana Negri, Sangeorz Bai, Borsa and Durau.
This is the area where the treatment resorts first appeared. It is estimated that in this region, there are 1.500 mineral springs whose chemical composition varies; this, and the fact that they can be easily tapped (tapped springs or brought to the surface) explains the appearance and the early development of these treatment resorts. The therapeutical use of these mineral waters of the Oriental Carpathians began in the 16th century and, nowadays, there exist performing medical spas and hotel complexes correspondingly endowed offering specific touristic services.
In the area of Bilbor-Ciuc Pass, a region with a high natural and touristic potential, there are internationally-known resorts: Borsec, Baile Tusnad, Lacul Rosu and Covasna.
In the sub-Carpathian area of the Meridional Carpathian Chain, in the central and southern part of the country, there are nationally reference resorts: Calimanesti Caciulata, Baile Olaneti, Baile Govora or Baile Herculane, resort situated on the west side of the Mehedinti Mountains, famous by its thermal waters ever since the Antiquity.
The resorts from the Occidental Carpathians area have treatment complex spas and are endowed with therapeutical springs: Geoagiu-Bai, Stana de Vale and Moneasa.
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Furthermore, in the area of the sub-Carpathians, as well as within the downhill and plain regions, there is a range of famous thermal resort centers: Baile Felix and Baile 1 Mai (near Oradea), Lacul Sarat (near Braila), Amara resort (near Slobozia) or Ocna Sibiului (cnear Sibiu).
Among the genuinely surprising touristic sights, there are the salt mines, being considered as “wonders” of the Romanian tourism. These salt castles with salty aerosols and a stable microclimate, having a strong therapeutical effect on general health, represent ideal places for the setting up touristic routes. Within the salt mines, there are modem healthcare complexes which valorize the potential of the particular microclimate. The corresponding authorities have touristically developed five of the seven salt mines in Romania: Cacica salt mine, in the North of the country, near Suceava, Slanic salt mine, near Ploiesti, Prahova County, Ocna Dej salt mines, in the North of Transilvania, Praid salt mine in Harghita County, and Targu Ocna salt mine, in Moldavia, on the Trotus River Valley.