Slatina Travel Guide, Romania
Slatina, Travel Guide – Location
Slatina, Travel Guide – Topography and Climate
The general landscape within the city is dominated by the Olt River and its valley and the northern hills. Slatina is located on the western banks of the river its banks having the aspect of an amphitheatre, altitudes varying from 110m to 175m. In the northern part of the city the presence of the Oltetului Hills, Cotmeana Platform and Boian Plain create captivating sceneries and are great places for hiking trips.
The climate in this area is temperate continental with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and dry sometimes even with draught periods, while winters are very cold and snowy. Precipitations are the richest in autumn and spring increasing the water level of the local rivers and sometimes generating floods.
The city is crossed by four permanent water flows besides Olt River respectively Streharet, Sopot, Clocociov and Milcov River.
Slatina, Travel Guide – Flora and Fauna
Flora and fauna found in Slatina is characteristic for the valley and hilly regions. The wetlands along the rivers are rich in poplars, willows and alders while the higher grounds are housing small areas of oaks, hornbeam and maple trees.
Fauna is also very diverse and well represented with many species of fish in the local waters, terrestrial animals like foxes, hares, deer, rodents and diverse singing birds which create a unique atmosphere in summer. Another attraction on the list of Slatina travel guide should be the local zoo where they can admire numerous exotic species besides the local ones.
Slatina, Travel Guide – Population
The city has a population of about 78.000 inhabitants and decreasing. The population increased until 1992, when it reached its highest point, 85.168 people and started to decrease steadily until today. Most of the inhabitants work in industry, agriculture, commerce and tourism, industry being the main activity in the city.
Slatina, Travel Guide – Culture and Arts
The city’s cultural life is full of events most of them taking place in the Olt County Museum, “Eugen Ionescu”Cultural Centre, Culture House Olt and other similar venues. “Eugen Ionescu” Cultural Centre houses the “Eugen Ionescu” Theater which, due to the fact that does not have a building of its own, it has to organize its activity in other locations.
The city also has a county fanfare and a chorus, the “Millennium” Chorus, both of them housed by the above mentioned cultural centre. The Olt County Museum welcomes tourists with its three main collections, the archeology-history, the modern and contemporary art and ethnography, all housed by a beautiful building, a historical monument built in 1887.
Slatina, Travel Guide –Transport
Slatina is accessible by almost all means of transport, so tourists can easily reach the city by car, train or bus. Within the city tourists can use the public buses or take a taxi for an easier transfer from one side of the city to another. Still, if you plan you vacation in summer it is very pleasant to visit the main tourist attractions of the city while having a walk in the old city centre or along the Olt River.
Slatina, Travel Guide – Accommodation
Since Slatina is a city with a high tourist potential and is located at the crossroads of some important national roads, it welcomes numerous tourists every year. Business travelers looking for accommodation here could choose Hotel Park which offers a nice restaurant besides its great location, safe parking, conference room with all necessary facilities, elevator and many more.
For families Vila Vienna would be a good choice taking into account the fact that they offer besides the good accommodation, numerous possibilities for outdoor activities, children’s playground and a nice location near the tourist attractions of the city.
Slatina, Travel Guide – Festivals
Every year Slatina becomes the place of interest for many Romanians, and not only, who appreciate good music, traditions, folklore, theatre and more. The music festival Slatina My Love gathers every year young singers from Romania and abroad and there are different events every night like craft exhibitions, theatre nights, humor nights, caricature nights and so on, ensuring a good time for everyone.
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