Novaci, Romania

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Novaci
Town
Novaci is located in Romania
Novaci
Novaci
Location of Novaci, Romania
Coordinates: 45°10′48″N 23°40′12″E / 45.18000°N 23.67000°E / 45.18000; 23.67000Coordinates: 45°10′48″N 23°40′12″E / 45.18000°N 23.67000°E / 45.18000; 23.67000
Country  Romania
County Gorj County
Status Town
Government
 • Mayor Dumitru Leuștean (National Liberal Party)
Area
 • Total 240 km2 (90 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 5,431
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Website http://primarianovaci.ro
Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1977 6,464 —    
1992 6,427 −0.6%
2002 6,151 −4.3%
2011 5,431 −11.7%
Source: Census data

Novaci is a town in Gorj County, Oltenia, Romania, situated at the foothills of the Parâng Mountains, on the river Gilort. It administers four villages: Bercești, Hirișești, Pociovaliștea and Sitești.

The river traditionally divided the Oltenian settlement of Novacii Români from Novacii Străini, populated mainly by shepherds coming from over the mountains, from Sibiu County in Transylvania. The differences in between the two segments of the town are obvious in the traditional vernacular architecture: the low fences of Oltenia are replaced by tall gates and hidden-away courtyards in the Novacii Străini.

The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1990s, mainly because of the migration of the young, educated inhabitants to bigger cities.

Only 12 kilometers from Novaci passing the Transalpina (DN67C) road is Rânca (1600m altitude), the newly developed Romanian resort surrounded by mountain peaks and tremendous beauty. From this place is a view of the Parângu Mare peak and when the weather is good you can see the Peleaga peak of Retezat Mountains. During winter there are two ski slopes with low and medium difficulty.