You will find Colibita in a wild area in Calimani Mountains, and about 50 km from the capital of Bistrita-Nasaud, Bistrita – Romania. Some compare the untamed beauty of the Colibita village (first documented about 746 years ago) to Switzerland. This amazing area is highly appreciated by foreign tourists and extreme sports enthusiasts.
Lake Colibita is an artificial reservoir, created through the construction of the Colibita dam on the river Bistrita. It is situated at an altitude of 900 meters and occupies a surface area of 270 hectares, with a length of 13 kilometers and an estimated volume of 65 million cubic meters of water.
The dam was built between 1977 and 1991 with the purpose of obtaining hydro energetic power, supplying the towns and factories downstream with water, irrigation, as well as the regularization of the Bistrita river’s water flow.
The region has the purest air in Romania
It is said of Colibita that it has a wild kind of beauty, that the air here is as rich in ozone as the air in Switzerland. Because this area has high concentrations of ozone and iodine ions, vacations here are recommended for the treatment of lung and heart diseases.
What can one do in Colibita?
Surrounded by fir and spruce forests and steep rocks, this area is a tourist destination that promises to grow each year.
The area offers countless possibilities of adventures and relaxation for mountain lovers, regardless of the season: one can swim, take boat trips, go climbing, windsurfing, mountain biking, kayaking, nature and wildlife observation and photo tours, sunbathe (one of the hotels in the area has even arranged on the lakeside a sandy beach with red umbrellas).
Furthermore, you can hike on established paths hikes (Borcut mineral waters springs, Taul Zânelor, mountain paths – 3.5 hr marked path to Vf. Bistricioru, Dracula Castle near Tihuta Pass – altitude of 1100 m) and enjoy the nature and the fresh air.
How to get to Colibita Mountain Lake?
Access to this breathtaking location may be done on the road from Bistrita to Vatra Dornei. The nearest airport is Cluj-Napoca Airport, which is located 110 kilometers (68 miles) from Bistriţa.