5 reasons for a health holiday in accessible Covasna

Like we mentioned in a similar article, nature was generous with Romania, awarding it with a third of the European balneary resources. There are 1,300 mineral water resources, 30 balneary and climatic resorts and over 30 resorts located in areas with climate factors beneficial for health and wellbeing on the Romanian territory. Among these, at least 10 resorts have well-known names in the health and wellness tourism, famous in Europe and outside Europe.

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Today, we will talk about one of these resorts, Covasna, and we will suggest 5 reasons for which we recommend planning here a health and recreation holiday. 

Covasna in a few words

The resort is located in Covasna County and it is a permanent balneo-climatic resort. Tourists are welcomed here year-round, regardless of the season. Covasna is part of the SzĂ©kely Land (in Hungarian SzĂ©kelyföld, in German Szeklerland, in Latin Terra Siculorum), which is, in the historian-ethnographic sense, the region from the South-Eastern part of Transylvania, inhabited mainly by SzĂ©kelys, representing a Hungarian ethnic subgroup. The resort is 35 km away from SfĂąntu Gheorghe city, 60 km away from the well-known Brașov, one of the most visited cities of Transylvania and 250 km away from Bucharest.

Due to the specific geographical conditions, in Covasna there are a lot of springs with carbonated mineral water, bicarbonated water or water which contains various compounds of iron, iodine, bromine and chlorine. Covasna is also called the “the resort of the 1,000 health springs” due to the abundance, diversity and outstanding value of natural treatment factors, one of them being the climate rich in negative ions.

The resort has carbonated warm water bathing facilities, springs for internal mofetta treatment, electrotherapy, physical therapy and hydrotherapy, aerosols and inhalation installations, gymnastics.

Below, you will find 5 powerful enough reasons for which we recommend to take into account Covasna as a recreation and balneary treatment resort:

  1. Very good reputation for treating cardiovascular diseases. Covasna is called “the station of the heart” and it has a “healing gas” called mofetta, a unique phenomena in the world. Although mofetta can also be found in places like Italy, France, Java Island, the Romanian mofetta is unique due to its dry gas emanations, very rich in carbon dioxide, an extremely efficient therapeutic factor. Romanian mofetta contains rare gas elements such as helium and radon, which complete the curative effect of the mofetta.

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2. The existence of a hotel that is very friendly with disabled persons, built right on the territory where the mofetta is found, thus making the treatments performed here extremely efficient. The Hotel (Căprioara) is a famous one, located right in the centre of the station and it was recently completely restored, so that currently, there are comfort and quality standards for people with special needs.

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3. Inclined plane, unique installation in Europe and the Comandau “mocănița” – The story of the mocănița from Covasna-Comandau and of the Inclined plane has over a century. It starts somewhere in the last decade of the 19th century and ends to the end of the 20th century. The train, which in the old times, descended the logs from Covasna forests, carries today the tourists eager for a more special ride and curious to go back a little on the tracks of history. In 1888, two lumber factories were built in the area, and one year later, in order to facilitate the log supply and the transport of lumber, a railway with narrow track gauge was built. The installation, completely environmental-friendly, but also unique in Europe, was used for over a century, transporting daily about 30 wagons of woody material. Currently, it is impracticable, but it is one of the most attractive tourist objectives in the region.

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  1. Health-tourism mix – Covasna is not just an area dedicated to health, but it is also a well-known touristic area. It is called the Realm of Mansions, because, over time, most of the nobility mansions from the SzĂ©kely Land were built, including in total 3 counties (Harghita and, partially, Mureș). In the past, here were over 200 mansions, currently some of them were turned into headquarters for public institutions or they are used as spaces for social-cultural activities, others became accommodation facilities. Prince Charles himself, drawn by the beauty of the area, has a mansion here, in the Zalan Valley, a place out of the modern world and surrounded by the beauty of the Carpathians. Also, in the villages from Covasna county there are families within which handicrafts were transmitted intact from generation to generation, so there are still tubers, blacksmiths, carpenters and sculptors practicing their skill with pride and welcoming the tourists with open doors. Moreover, there is also a Brotherhood Museum, which was founded especially due to the interests of inhabitants in preserving brotherhoods and the handicraft customs from the past. One of the old customs, celebrated in our days as well is the Nedeia Mocaneasca, which takes place every year, on 20th July, on Saint Elijah. The celebration reminds of the times when the shepherds descended from the mountain to choose their wives and today, within it, matrimony customs specific to the area are presented: asking the hand of the bride, the shaving of the groom, tearing the bread, unshoeing the groomsman and the bridesmaid, wrestle of the hefties and lifting the ill.

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  1. Multiculturalism – As we were saying in the short presentation at the beginning, as a part of the SzĂ©kely Land, Covasna is inhabited both by Romanians and Hungarians, often forming mixed families, thus preserving the customs of both parts. Diversity, under all its shapes, is another attraction of the area.


Health benefits – here you can treat – medical terms:

  • Arterial diseases: obstructive peripheral arterial disease stages I and II or conditions after surgeries for this disease in all stages, Buerger thromboangiitis
  • Chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy: angina of effort or stable angina, pain-free chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy, but with ischemic type changes, trauma after the myocardial infarction at minimum 3 months since the acute episode.
  • Essential hypertension stages I and II
  • Valvular heart diseases: valvular heart diseases without clinic hemodynamic disorders; valvular heart diseases operated without significant clinic and hemodynamic disorders, within 3 months after surgery (the referrals shall be drafted by the cardiologist who establishes the post-operatory moment indicated for balneary treatment)
  • Trauma after stroke in patients who can serve themselves and walk
  • Chronic venous diseases: hydrostatic varicose veins of lower limbs, trauma after thrombophlebitis.
  1. DERMATHOLOGY DISEASES: psoriasis, chronic eczema, allergic skin conditions, neurodermythis
  2. DISEASES OF THE ALIMENTARY DUCT AND ITS RELATED GLANDS (internal treatment): chronic hypoacid gastritis, chronic hyperacid gastritis, ulcer disease, trauma after gastric resections, recurring blunt gastric ulcers, functional disorders and chronic intestinal inflammatory diseases,chronic enteritis and enterocolitis, dyspepsia, trauma after epidemic hepatitis, post-operatory trauma of bile duct, dyskinesia of the bile duct, biliary lithiasis.
  1. ENDOCRINE DISEASES: Basedow disease, hyperthyroidism, parathyroid failure, hypofunction of endocrine glands
  2. DISEASES OF THE LOCOMOTOR SYSTEM: chronic degenerative rheumatism, abarticular rheumatism, focal rheumatism, inflammatory rheumatic diseases (rheumatoid polyarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis – except for inflammatory bursts), intervertebral disk diseases.
  3. KIDNEY AND URINARY TRACT DISORDERS: chronic glomerulonephritis, chronic pyelonephritis of infectious origin, nephrolithiasis (phosphoric urine, oxalyc), chronic inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract.
  4. NERVOUS SYSTEM DISEASES: disorders of the peripheral nervous system (radiculitis, polyradiculoneuritis, post-traumatic sequelae of the peripheral nervous system), post-stroke sequelae, asthenia or neurotic reactions
  5. OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES: chronic occupational diseases by physical agents – occupational dermatoses, allergic skin reactions of various etiologies, occupational skin diseases by physical agents.

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