Visiting the bath resorts of Olanesti – mineral water, springs and baths

Mineral springs in Olanesti spa resort, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Mineral springs in Olanesti spa resort, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

The bath resorts of Olanesti are located in the mountains of Carpatii Meridionali, in Olt Valley, only 20 kilometers from the city of Ramnicu Valcea at an altitude of 450 meters. This beautiful location is permeated by a picturesque valley conjured by rich unpolluted woodland areas. The baths of Olanesti are visited by many people throughout a year.

It is evermore a busy place with plenty of activities ranking among the best bathing resorts in the country of Romania. It is among the best because of the number and debit of springs, the variety of their composition and the concentrate of the local mineral water.

General information

There are more than 35 hydro-mineral sources and natural springs to be found at Olanesti which can be classified into three categories of mineral waters. The climate conditions are optimal for bathing activities throughout the whole year. The annual average temperature is about 9°C. The coldest month of the year is February when the average temperature is -2.6°C while the hottest is July when average temperature is +19.7°C. As a result of this the winters are not extremely cold and the summer seasons are not too hot.

Olăneşti, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Olăneşti, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Springs and thermal water

The springs are used for internal treatments in treating renal calculus and urinal tracts, digestive problems and other metabolic and nutrition complaints. There are external treatments for rheumatism and treating peripheral problems of the nervous system. On an international scale the waters of Olanesti compete with the springs of Vichy, Ems and Bourboule. The Olanesti bath resorts have a unique treatment which is injecting isotonic sulphuric mineral water into patients in order to sear the allergic organism.

Mineral springs in Olanesti spa resort, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Mineral springs in Olanesti spa resort, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Sights around Olanesti

There are several sights to see around Olanesti. If you are interested in Romanian culture and history we recommend you to visit the memorial house of Anton Pann, Frasinei monastery and the Church of Horea. For those who prefer nature over culture we suggest the National Park of Buila Vanturarita, the Cave of Sfantului Grigore Decapolitul and the reserve of Radita – Manzu in the Capatanii Mountains.

Autumn in the woods near Olanesti, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

Autumn in the woods near Olanesti, ©cod_gabriel/Flickr

How to get to Olanesti

If you would like to reach Olanesti you can travel by car or train. Hop on the train at Ramnicu Valcea train station and take the Piatra Olt line. If you prefer to travel by car from Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, you must take road E7 towards Ramnicu Valcea then switch to DN64A towards the baths of Olanesti or set out from Sibiu and follow the same route.

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