Govora Bath

Govora Bath (Romanian: Băile Govora) is a small town in Southern central Romania (Vâlcea county), situated in the Govora Sub-Carpathians depression, elevation 360-380 m, 20 km SW of the municipality of Râmnicu-Vâlcea (seat of Vâlcea county). The town is surrounded by hills covered with beech, oak and fir woods, and have moderate continental hillside climate with slight Mediterranean influence: cool summers (July average temperature 19°C) and mild winters (January average -3°C). Moderate precipitation (800 mm annually) and infrequent winds.

Govora Bath is an all-season resort of national importance renowned for the variety and therapeutic properties of the chlorided-sodic, iodinated, brominated, sulfurous waters (used for external cures) and of the magnesian, calcic, slightly sulphurous, hypotonic waters (for internal cures) known and used since 1866. In treatments is used also mineral mud extracted in the locality and fossil sapropelic mud brought over from Ocnele Mari. The mineral waters have been discovered and therapeutically used at Dr. Zorileanu's prescription, in 1879. In 1887, people started to dig and capture the springs from Govora and they built an establishment for therapeutic baths (29 cabins and 2 pools). Palace Hotel, the Central Warn for baths and the Casino have been built between 1911 and 1914. in the beginning of the twentieth century, Govora was famous for its luxurious hotels, medical treatments and huge potential of entertaining tourists.

The resort is recommended for the treatment of respiratory diseases (bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis, lung emphysema, microbial or viral pneumopathies, rhinitis, sinusitis, pharyngitis, etc.), degenerative (spondylosis, arthrosis, polyarthrosis) and abarticular rheumatic diseases (tendonitis, tendomyositis, scapulohumeral periarthritis), as well as for the treatment of peripheral and central neurological disorders (light pareses, sequels after poliomyelitis, etc.), of certain post-traumatic disorders and certain associated diseases (gynecological, endocrinological, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, etc.). The modern balneological establishments are endowed with facilities for baths of warm iodinated and sulphurous mineral water, applications of warm mud, pneumotherapy, electrotherapy, kinetotherapy, treatments with apiary products, etc. In Govora you can also find a children sanatorium for rheumatic and respiratory diseases.

In the resort, one can visit the "Gheorghe Petre" Archaeology and Art Collection (archaeology, feudal art, numismatics) ot the Govora Monastery (early 15th century), or can taste the specific Oltenian cuisine.