Visiting Baile Govora – sports, baths, hikes and sights

Govora Monastery, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Govora Monastery, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

The touristic destination of Baile Govora is located in Valcea County in the subcarpatic zone of the north-eastern part of Oltenia. This beautiful region has hills, valleys, forests dotted with beech, oak and pine trees. Baile Govora is considered as a bathing resort where all kinds of commercial spaces are available.

There are conference rooms, permanent medical assistance, urgent medical means of transport, pharmaceutical points, touristic information center, sport tracks and courts, playgrounds for children and many others. Visit Baile Govora, choose from the many activities and have the time of your life!

Baile Govora – Bathing and health resort

Govora is very rich in iodic and bromic water being among the best in Europe. The climate of this region is moderate continental with Mediterranean influences. The bathing resort of Govora is recommended for treating all respiratory illnesses such as asthma or inflammatory diseases, allergies, rheumatism and many others.

Baile Govora, Eniko Seres/private photo

Baile Govora, Eniko Seres/private photo

Sights to see

Around the Baile Govora there are several historical and artistic monuments which are must see sights. Learn more about the history of Dacian and Roman history. Visit the museums in Ramnicu Valcea and Govora or the museum complex at Maldaresti. Only 6 kilometers from the resort you will find the monastery of Govora, founded by Vlad Dracul (also known as Count Dracula) during the 15th century.

Horezu Monastery, ©KLMircea/Flickr

Horezu Monastery, ©KLMircea/Flickr

The most beautiful and refined architectural Romanian construction is the Horezu Monastery built in 1693 which was stated as world heritages by UNESCO in 1995. Another magnificent building is the One-Piece-Wood Monastery from the 17th century. Bistrita Monastery, Cotmeana, Arnota, Cozia and several others can be found in the surrounding region and are well worth visiting.

Hikes and trips

There are several hiking and excursion opportunities in Govora. You can visit the surrounding resorts close by, the larger towns and their important monuments and sights. Visit the County Museum at Ramnicu Valcea, the Memorial House of Anton Pann, the monument of Heroes and the Zavoi Park. You can also visit the bathing resorts of Calimanest, Cozia and Caciulata, Lotru Valley and Voineasa resort.

Voineasa postcard, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Voineasa postcard, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

On the way you must not forget to stop by at Cozia Monastery. Reaching Valcea and the resort of Olanesti you can go forward and take a hike to the 23 springs and many other touristic sites.

Important touristic sites at Baile Govora

As it was already noted among the most important sites of Govora we can mention Govora Monastery, one of the oldest churches in Romania with unique and special medieval architectural features. The church can be found in the town of Mihaiesti, about 6 kilometers from Govora.

Govora Monastery, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Govora Monastery, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

From the monastery there is a footpath across the woods and over the hill which leads to the Surpatele Monastery and the One-Piece-Wood Monastery. Heading towards the village of Pietrari you can visit Bistrita Monastery. Take the forest path across the pass of Bistrita, climb up along the springs in Capatanii Mountains and reach the peak of Zmeuratului in a height of 1938 meters. Take the road towards Horezu and visit Romani village. The local monastery resembles a fortress with thick walls made of bricks and stones.

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