Panorama in Cozia Mountains
Defileul Oltului în apropiere de Mănăstirea Turnu
Panoramă de la Cabana Cozia
Parcul Național Cozia
Year of establishment: 1966
Area: 171 km²
Attractions in Parcul Național Cozia
On the right side of the Olt Valley, looking northwards, stand the impressive jagged cliffs of Mount Cozia. Experienced hikers know that their route climbing up to Cozia Hut will pass by these formations. The forest paths at the base of the mountain (from Păușa via Valea Mărului) are popular for cross-country routes.
The rarely-explored forests of the Lotru and Latorița Mountains open on the left side of the Olt Valley, on both sides of the town of Brezoi. Several hiking routes can be found here, some even reaching Băile Olănești. Also, two tourist attractions are easily accessible from the main road - Lotrișor Waterfall and Lotrișor Gorges. Rock climbing is possible on the walls of the gorges.
The wildness of the landscape favors remarkable biodiversity in the Cozia Nature Park. With the many species of flowers found here, Mount Cozia is also called "Mountain of Flowers". In addition to large mammals, in Cozia we also find the horned viper and the small scorpion - rare species that love a Mediterranean climate.
Religious tourism flourishes all year round along the Olt Valley thanks to the numerous monasteries (Cozia, Turnu, Stânișoara, Cornetu, etc.). Some of the tourists also stop in the popular thermal town Călimănești - Căciulata. Actually, this is one of the main spots in Romania for thermal baths.