In the east of Transylvania, on the land of the Szekler Land, there is an area - unique - which has acquired its name from the underground treasure: "Salt Ocne Zone" or "Salt Land".
This toponymy was used for the first time in 1659 and includes the following localities: Sovata, Ilieşi, Praid, the two Ocne, Upper and Lower, Sărăţeni, Atia, Siclod, Solocma and Corund. This land, detached from a fairy tale, underlies the huge salt accumulation of Praid, one of the largest deposits in Europe.
The huge salt deposit, slightly elliptical in shape with diameters of 1.2 km x 1.4 km, has its roots at the amazing depth of 2.7 km.
An unforgettable journey awaits you in restored wagons on a distance of 14 kilometers between the Sovata resort and the locality of Câmpul Cetăţii, being one of the few routes on which the old locomotive is still traveling. The route is part of the old Târgu-Mureș - Praid route inaugurated in 1912, used until 1997 from which this railway segment was reopened in August 2011.
A road trip between Sovata and Câmpul Cetăţii is more than a train journey. Traveling 35 kilometers per hour, the speed that "consecrated" the mocănița, gives tourists the chance to see some of the most beautiful landscapes of the country.
The route passes through the thick forests of the Sovata area but also through the open fields with landscapes on the mountains in the area. We must also specify that a round trip takes about an hour and a half.
The Alunis ski slope is located 8 km from the Sovata resort, on the upper course of the Tarnava Mica river, in the Praid-Sovata Depression, at the south-western foot of the Gurghiu Mountains.
It consists of a large slope and a beginners’ trail.
Alunis Ski Slope:
It is certified by the Ministry of Tourism and has a medium degree of difficulty.
Alunis ski slope information:
Difficulty level: medium
Length: 1,100 m
Departure altitude: 1,200 m
Arrival altitude: 900 m
Level difference: 300 m
Average width: 40 m
Area: 2 ha
Cable transport: ski lifts, cableway and baby ski
Slope capacity: 800 - 900 people
Beginners' trail information:
Difficulty level: minimum
Length: 200 m
Departure altitude: 1,250 m
Arrival altitude: 1,210 m
Level difference: 40 m
Area: 1 ha
Cable transport: baby ski
Slope capacity: 360 - 400 people
The most popular route in Sovata is the one that surrounds the lakes in the resort. Following this route, you can reach the Salt Mountain shortly.
Other popular destinations are Cireșelu Peak or Saca Hill. However, there are longer routes for those who are keen on hiking. Below is the list of routes from Gurghiu Mountains that pass through the Sovata Station.
The Praid Salt Canyon presents the salt world at the surface, the different forms of erosion and processes specific to the appearance of salt to the surface. The canyon is the accessible part of the Salt Mountain Reservation. A hiker will be able to walk the visitation route of about 1.5 km long, stopping at the 9 informative points.
Access to the Praid Salt Canyon: on the road in front of the Praid salt mine we drive towards and beyond the swimming pool for about 900 meters, across the street from the wellness center is the entrance to the Canyon, signaled by banner and traffic signs.
The accumulation basin from Bezidul Nou (Lake Bezid) is located in the hilly area on the left side of the Tarnava Mica river, about 2 km from the locality Sangeorgiu de Padure and about 40 km from the municipality Targu-Mures, Mures county. It was created by building a dam in the Cusmed river valley.
The construction of the dam started in 1975, but in 1977 the works were stopped, then from 1984 the construction process started and until 1992 the level of the water from the accumulation lake reached the expected height.
The dam has a height of 28 m and a length of 625 m. The artificial lake was created by flooding the village of Bezid. The main role of this dam is to alleviate the waves of the flood on the Cusmed river and the supply of drinking and industrial water of the city of Tarnaveni.
If you are a diehard fisherman, you can find the peace of mind here, because the lake is also known for its variety of fish. The fish wealth of the lake consists of the following species: carp, catfish, bass, perch, rudd, broad snout, bream, etc.
Numeroși turiști trec pe lista lor de “minuni de la Sovata” și cozonacul secuiesc, cunoscut sub enumirea de Kurtos Kalacs. Colacul, pufos și aromat pe dinăuntru, crocant și caramelizat pe dinafară este una dintre micile plăceri ce fascinează turiștii.
Sovata însăși miroase a vanilie și scorțișoară, iar copiii se dau în vânt după acest deșert unic. În zona vei găși colacul preparat după tradiții vechi secuiești și după rețete numai de localnici știute. Mereu proaspăt și aromat, mereu cald și îmbietor, nu poți să pleci din Sovata fără să fi gustat măcar această delicatesă locală.
După o zi petrecută la spa sau înotând în apă sărată, ai nevoie să îți recapeți forțele, iar când e vorba de Sovata, ai toate motivele să nu refuzi o porție de gulaș (sau ‘gulyas’, dacă e să respectăm scrierea pe care o vei găsi în meniuri).
Bucătării din zona par într-o continuă competiție să ofere turiștilor un adevărat recital culinar, iar gulaș-ul este rege. Preparat după rețete tradiționale, gulaș-ul este cel mai căutat fel de mâncare din stațiune.
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