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Significant natural tourist resources and tourism possibilities for all social and age groups

The West Region owes its remarkable natural tourist potential to its diverse geography, rich natural resources, and the presence of some unique natural elements, recognised and protected in many protected natural areas of national and even European importance.

Of the 131 protected natural areas, 5 are national parks (the National Retezat Park - county of Hunedoara, the National Domogled Park - the Cerna Valley - county of Caras-Severin, National Semenic Park - The Caras Gorges - county of Caras-Severin, the National Park of Cheile Nerei (Nera Gorges) - Beusnita - county of Caras-Severin, and the National Park of Defileul Jiului (Jiu Gullet) - the counties of Hunedoara and Gorj), 4 natural parks (the Natural Park Gradistea Muncelului - Cioclovina - county of Hunedoara, the Natural Park Portile de Fier (Iron Gates) - counties of Caras-Severin and Mehedinti, the Dinosaur Geopark - Tara Hategului - county of Hunedoara, the Natural Park Lunca Muresului (Mures Meadow) - counties of Arad and Timis), 3 monuments of nature, and 119 natural reserves.

The main natural protected areas in West Region Romania

This natural potential enables the successful carrying out of several forms and types of tourism appealing to all social and age groups; to mention but a few, we can think of: thermal and spa tourism, rest and recreation tourism, mountain tourism, ecotourism, speleological tourism, sports tourism, adventure tourism, rural tourism, agricultural tourism, and cruise tourism.

Tourist resorts in West Region Romania