Colibitza – a Paradise in Bistritza’s Valley
Once upon a time, there was a village in a wild area of the Calimani Mountains. Its name was Colibitza and people used to live peacefully there, engaged in farming and agriculture.
But the year 1977 came to pass and the villagers found that their lives were about to change forever and that their quiet village would disappear. A huge reservoir was about to take its place. They moved their houses, their church and their cemetery and they gave way to the dam which was built on the Bistritza Ardeleana river. To this day, in recognition of their sacrifice, the dam bears the village’s name.
The artificial reservoir lake at Colibitza, located at an altitude of 900 meters occupies an area of 270 hectares, is 13 kilometers long and hosts a volume of water estimated to 65 million cubic meters. The building is located in the Bistritza Bargaului village. The area can be accessed by the DN 17 national road, through the DJ 173A county road. Work on the dam had power purposes. It began in the year 1977 and was completed 14 years later.
Colibitza is said to display a wild beauty. And so it is, since the scenery here is truly spectacular. Surrounded by fir and spruce forests and rocks, Colibitza is a tourist destination that is vowed to development year after year.
The reservoir lake, the Stancile Tătarului (the Tatar’s Rocks) and the Cheile Bistriţei Ardelene (the Bistrita Ardeleana Gorges) nature reserves, the Cascada Diavolului (the Devil’s Cascade) nature reserves as well as the Taul Zanelor (Lake of the Fairies) are places that attract tourists every year. At the beginning, people from County Bistritza
would climb from the valleys and camp near the lake. Then, gradually, summer cottages and hostels were built. Now, four-star resorts welcome tourists from across the country and from abroad.
As you go from Bistritza towards Vatra Dornei, vis-a-vis from the church in the Prundu Bargaului locality, the road turns right and leads to a fairy oasis. It is a place where you can escape into the calm and beauty of nature and disconnect from the day-to-day life and, for one fleeting moment, you can experience paradise. Colibitza – this is the name of the village which first turned into a lake and then into a large resort, is visited by thousands of tourists.
Colibitza is located on Bistriţei Valley and is part of the Bistritza Bargaului locality. To get there you must first go through Prundul Bargaului, then through the commune bearing the same name. On leaving Bistritza Bargaului, the road to Colibitza climbs towards an enchanting place, winding up, following the terrain, leading to an increasingly wild landscape.
The small village is located at a distance of 50 kilometers from the town of Bistritza and 7 kilometers from the center of the Bistritza Bargaului commune.
Upon leaving Bistritza Bargaului, the road starts climbing and winding and the scenery becomes increasingly wilder. About 7 kilometers away from Bistritza Bargaului, you can notice the dam and the Colibitza reservoir lake. Looking from the dam, you can see but a portion of the lake, which is quite vast. A small “detour” of the lake by car lasts about 2 hours, a chance for you to admire the beauties of the surrounding nature. At a distance you can discover the mountains guarding the lake: the Strunioru and Bistricioru mountains.
Located in a picturesque area, Colibitza enjoys a lovely view surrounded by the ridges of the Calimani, Bargaului and Rodnei mountains, which greatly contribute to the magnificence of the area. The landscape takes your breath away and the crisp mountain air wakes you up to a fairytale reality.
A few years ago, Colibitza was simply a village in the foothills of mountains, where the only people who enjoyed the nature’s landscapes were the villagers. But 20 years later, the small village turned into a real holiday resort, whose threshold is overrun by thousands of tourists, since it is a suitable destination for relaxation and “battery charging”.
At Colibitza passionate mountain lovers can practice hiking, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, and fishing. In the summer and also in winter time Colibitza turns into a relaxing oasis which is home to a variety of beautiful outdoor activities.
The sun is always mild here and its rays are reflected in the lake waters. Landscapes are truly spectacular and the small village warmly welcomes anyone who wishes to discover its calm and peaceful lifestyle.
Here, the villagers earn their living from agriculture, livestock and woodworking. But they have an advantage: they breathe fresh mountain air and peace is at home here.
From Colibitza, tourists are offered several hiking destinations: Taul Zanelor (The Fairy’s Lake), the Borcut mineral spring, a 3.5 hour hike to the Bistricioru Peak, a hike to visit the Dracula Castle, located in Pasul Tihuţa (the Tihuţa Pass) – at 1100 meters altitude.
It is said that the name Colibitza comes from a shepherd’s hut, who was among the first to set foot in this area and who settled here in his search for good grazing areas for his sheep. Like this shepherd, many people who were attracted by the beauty and tranquility of the place came and settled here thus forming a true community.
You can choose Colibitza as your holiday destination and you won’t regret it! The spectacular scenery, the high standard accommodation opportunities, this beautiful area that reflects the beauty of Romania are worth experiencing!