Băile Felix, 5km southeast of Oradea, is a summer oasis, with huge open-air kid-friendly swimming pools, with the water warmed by thermal springs. It’s close enough to Oradea for an easy day trip, and the pools provide welcome relief if you get caught in a midsummer heatwave.
Arieşeni & Gârda de Sus
Arieşeni and Gârda de Sus (often noted on signs as Gîrda de Sus) are wonderfully picturesque alpine villages that straddle both the Arieş River and scenic national Hwy 75 along a narrow valley in the Apuseni Mountains. Both are filled with guesthouses and make for an ideal stopover to relax and hike in the adjacent Apuseni Nature Reserve.