Lake Sfanta Ana is the only lake from Romania located in a volcanic crater.

The lake is situated in Ciomatu Mare mountains, at SE from Harghita mountains, near Tusnad in the Natural Park of Mohoș. Is found at 950m altitude.

Sfanta Ana Lake - Ciomatu Mare mountains
Sfanta Ana Lake – Ciomatu Mare mountains

Access: we start the trip from Bixad town in the direction Balvanyios area.

> after about 10 kmwe reach an intersection where we take left.

> another 5 km and we reach a big parking place where we have to leave the car and to continue by foot. 

Parking costs: for the parking place we have pay around 1,5 Euro.

In winter time you can descend to the lake by foot or renting some kind of mixture between a sledge and a pair of skis. You also have the option to be pulled back with a car, on the strange sledge.

 The only lake from Romania located in a volcanic crater
The only lake from Romania located in a volcanic crater

It’s important not to forget to ask the parking employers is the ice is safe to walk on it.

The volcano, where the lake has formed erupted the last time 32.000 year ago. The lake appeared about 9800 – 8800 years old.

Sfanta Ana Lake - Harghita mountains
Sfanta Ana Lake – Harghita mountains

In summer time you can also camp near Sfanta Ana lake.

Accommodation: near the lake there is no place to sleep (a hotel, or boarding-house ).

You have to go with the car to Bixad, Tusdan or Balvanyos. At Balvanyos there is a very modern hotel with spa and pool, and near by, there is a very nice adventure park.

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General data: the lake has an oval form and 220,000 m². According to the measurements made in 2005, the maximum depth of the lake is 6.4 m and the sediment thickness is about 4 m.

The lake is supplied with water exclusively from precipitations, therefore the degree of mineralization of the water is very low. The water purity is close to that distilled water. Also, there is no animal that can survive in the oxygen-filled water of Lake Saint Anne.

Sfanta Ana Lake - travelling to Romania
Sfanta Ana Lake – travelling to Romania

Near the lake you can visit the Roman Catholic chapel dedicated to Saint Anne.

When you return pay attention at the sign that leads you to a belvedere point.

Sfanta Ana chapel
Sfanta Ana chapel

At the parking place there is a map with the surroundings.

We recommend you to visit also some caves around, more precisely the ~smelling caves~. Here, the emanation of the sulfur shows the volcanic activity that is still active in the area.

Many tourists come here, at the smeling caves for medical purposes.

Map of Ciomatu mountains - Harghita
Map of Ciomatu mountains – Harghita
Grota Sulfuroasa cave - Ciomatu mountains
Grota Sulfuroasa cave – Ciomatu mountains

One of the smelling caves is Grota Sulfuroasa. The entry look’ s like a mine. You can see the walls that have yellowish deposits from the sulfur, at the hight of 1,2m.

You can also feel the heat of this gas and the strong smell, when you are already on the forest path.

Groata Sulfuroasa cave - Smelling caves of Harghita
Groata Sulfuroasa cave – Smelling caves of Harghita

 Another tourist attraction is Tihonul Mohoș which is also a volcano crater. It was subsequently exploited by a small stream. Better to come here in spring or summer to visit it.

Smelling caves in Ciomatu Mountains - Romania
Smelling caves in Ciomatu Mountains – Romania

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