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ABOUT CRAIOVAcraiova

Population
Craiova is the 6th largest city in Romania, with a population of about 300,000.

Location
Craiova, one of the largest and most important cities in south-western Romania, is situated on the left bank of the Jiu river, in the centre of the Oltenia region, 227 km away from  Bucharest and 68 km from the Danube. As capital of the historical province of Oltenia,  Craiova is time-honoured, commercial and cultural centre. It is a longstanding political centre, and is located at fairly equal distances  from the Southern Carpathians (to the north) and the Danube (to the south). Craiova is the main commercial city west of Bucharest and the most important city of Oltenia.

Climate
Romania has a temperate climate, very similar to the rest of the countries situated in the continental zone.
Situated in the southern part of Romania, Craiova has a very pleasant, sub-Mediterranean climate. Winters are sometimes cold (-10 °C to +5 °C); in wintertime you can rent skates and enjoy the icerink in the city centre. In spring and autumn the warm and sunny weather is ideal for outdoor activities. Summers tend to be quite hot (25 °C to 35 °C), but you can have a good time as there are plenty of swimming pools and outdoor bars serving cold drinks and ice-cream.

Geography
The landscape of Craiova is represented by flat plains and the maximum altitude is somewhere around 116
metres. Hills are to bin the northern part and the Danube Valley in the southern area.

Sports and entertainment
Craiova allows for a wide range of leisure activities as you can discover during your stay here. Generally, the
inhabitants enjoy both their work time and their free time: the parks, the entertainment areas, the outdoor bars and restaurants and the old city centre are crowded with people of all ages making the city alive.

The most popular activities are:

  • fitness, aerobics, body building – in centres across the city, with state-of-the-art facilities;
  • sports grounds – you can play tennis, football, basketball outdoors and indoors alike – at night the sports grounds are illuminated;
  • jogging, roller-skating, biking or simply walking in the city parks or in the walking area in the centre of the town ;
  • swimming in different swimming pools across the city during summertime and skating on the skating rink in the city main square in wintertime ;

Statues, Architectural Monuments and Museums
The city of Craiova harmoniously combines the new and the ancient, history, culture, industry, economy and agriculture, and has become a representative landmark, especially in the last 20 years following the revolution of 1989, when the process of modernisation started bringing about changes in all domains of society.

City highlightsCraiova1
An important touristic attraction of our city is the Musical Fountain located in the centre of Craiova. Our city also takes pride in its rich historical heritage that includes a number of statues representing important personalities whose heroic deeds marked the history of Craiova and of the country: the statues of Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia, A.I. Cuza, King Carol I, Prince Barbu Ştirbei; architectural monuments such as: The Administrative Palace, The City Hall of Craiova, The County Library, “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre, The University, the County Justice Court, The Vorvoreanu Palace or museums: The Art Museum and Museum of Oltenia and
churches: The Madonna Dudu Church, St. Dumitru Cathedral etc.

Mihai Viteazul Square & The Musical Fountain
An entire ensemble of fountains, lined with garden beds and ornamental plants, the restored small park and the relocation of the statue of Mihai Viteazu to a monumental ensemble are just a few examples. The
musical fountain stands out though, being a unique piece of architecture in the country, attracting about 2,000 visitors from Craiova and neighbouring towns every night.

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