|• Mayor||Mihai Mateescu (Socialist Alliance Party)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|Website||Primăria Băile Govora|
|Source: Census data|
Băile Govora (or just Govora) is a Romanian spa town in Vâlcea County, about 20 km (12.43 mi) south-west of Râmnicu Vâlcea and west of the Olt river. Notable features of the town (beside its mineral springs, recommended for a variety of ailments) include the Govora abbey (built in the 15th century and consolidated by Matei Basarab and later by Constantin Brâncoveanu) and the nearby "Dintr-un lemn" Monastery (16th or 17th century; the legend of its origin was recorded by Paul of Aleppo).
The town administers three villages: Curăturile, Gătejești and Prajila.
The resort is found at an altitude of 360–380 meters and the whole area is surrounded by forests. The name of the city "Govora" comes from Thracian-Dacian dialect and means dent, a valley with many springs.
In 1876 a local discovered salty water and mud good for rheumatic treatments. About 10 years later was built the first base with warm baths. After 1950, Govora becomes a city and also resort along with creating bases for treatment, hotels and hostels were build. But the official opening of the resort took place in 1910 once with the first hotel.
Resort is recommended for those seeking peace, relaxation but especially those with respiratory and rheumatic diseases. In the late '80s a hotel complex was built with all the perfect conditions for treatment and accommodation. Today the resort can receive annually,over 1400 tourists. Beside treatment tourists can visit a lot of historical monuments and arts from Dacian and Roman artifacts.
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- Baile Govora spa direct link: Băile Govora spa site
- Romanian tourism site: Băile Govora and Dintr-un lemn Monastery
- (Romanian) Vâlcea County tourist spots: Băile Govora
- (Romanian) Information about Govora Resort