Fancy a mountainside retreat? Try these 5 activities in Slanic-Moldova, Romania

If you're tired of the blazing heat of the sun whilst on sand and of hearing those waves crash against the shore, then you might be in for a retreat by the mountainside. The breezy fresh air, the sound of the leaves rustling against each other, the chirping of the birds and the smell of fresh wood might be something that you'd like for a change.

This place is called Slanic-Moldova, in Romania. Don't get it confused with the country called Republic of Moldova. Though they are just neighbors, you are still in Romanian territory over here. Here are the top 5 things to do if by some chance you find yourself wandering in this place of Romania.

1. Drive off-road uphill to enlightenment

From author's own photos

From author’s own photos

You will literally have to drive up six kilometers on Mount Bolovanu in a small village called Cerdac, right smack in the middle of Slanic-Moldova. Once at the top, there's a monastery that welcomes you. There are souvenirs that can be bought and you can also stay outside to enjoy the view.
On the way to the top, you will pass by a hidden waterfall and a lot of goats.

Name:
Manastirea Sfantul Stefan cel Mare
Address:
605501 Slănic-Moldova, Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Surround yourself with lush greenery

From the author's photos

From the author’s photos

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Contrary to popular belief, parks aren't overrated. Especially if you're in one that has a spectacular view of the mountains. The park is in the center of the city proper of Slanic-Moldova, and it is surrounded by hotels, restaurants, and the main attraction in this area, the medicinal springs.

There's a playground for children, and the land area is big enough for biking or rollerblading. There are also stores that sell souvenirs and a couple of food items. They also blast local radio on their speakers, and there are architectural buildings that are great for photo ops everywhere.

Name:
Parcul Central
Address:
str. Nicolae Bălcescu (str. Vasile Alecsandri), Slănic-Moldova, Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. 300 De Scari

300 De Scari Traseul 5, Foursquare.com

When translated to English, this means 300 steps. But trust me, it ain't 300. Possibly more than. And it takes around two hours of trekking, especially if your stamina is that of a 50 year old. You will be going up the mountain of Dobru and exiting through a clearing that is still a part of Slanic-Moldova. It's a challenge worth doing.

Name:
300 De Scari Traseul 5
Address:
Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. Hangout underneath in a salt mine

Salina Târgu Ocna / Mina Trotuș, Foursquare.com

There's a huge joke about Romanians being vampires, and its really funny when you visit the Salt Mine because its literally a huge cave that can house those that are afraid of the sunshine.

There is a ten minute drive going down to enter the cave in order to reach the gate of the salt mine. And what do you have under? A chapel, free wifi, a lot of benches, playgrounds, restaurants, vending machine, basketball court, football, bumper cars, bikes - everything that you can possibly think of. And you only pay the entrance fee of around $5 and you can spend unlimited time inside.

Name:
Salina Târgu Ocna / Mina Trotuș
Address:
str. Vâlcelele, Târgu Ocna, Romania
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. Medicinal springs

One of the best things about visiting this place is the free water. There are more than ten springs around the spring park, and you can get it for free, anytime of the day. There is just a long queue at specific springs, but other than that, everything is great.

You just need a Romanian translator to tell you which springs can "cure" or alleviate certain illnesses, and you're good to go.

Name:
Izvoare
Address:
Romania
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Slanic-Moldova may not be a luxurious retreat and you shouldn't expect fancy 5 star hotels or posh restaurants, but this humble place has a lot of potential. And if you get tired from all the walking and trekking, all you have to do is lay down a picnic mat on any grassy clearing, surround yourself with booze and food, and enjoy the warm sunshine.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?