Holiday Village Vârtop is located in Bihor Mountains on the Northern slope between the Vârtop clough and Găleșoaia Top, at an altitude of 1160 m, at 108 km. from Oradea, the residence of Bihor county and at 20 km. from the Nucet city, who also is the administrative unit, in Apuseni Natural Park. The area is the center of a circle arch comprising at his extremity the cities: Cluj-Napoca at 160 km., Oradea at 118 km., Arad at 170 km., Deva at 121 km., and Alba-Iulia at 132 km., thus constituting an attraction for tourists. The access to Vârtop is done on the national road DN 75, Turda Lunca- with asphalt covering.

Through its location on DN 75 in the central area of Bihor Mountains in an area with great tourism potential, Vârtop resort has great prospects of tourism development. The tourism resources by their variety and complexity, have a high value which gives the area a high degree of interest in terms of tourism, both in summer and especially in the white season (the snow layer persists about 4-5 months per year, on the Northern slopes, with a thickness of 60-70 cm.

The Great importance of the area is represented by: Ruginoasa Dell, Scărișoara Glacier, Vârciorog Falls, Pothole in Hoanca Urzicarului, Izbucul Tauzului, Pothole with two entrances and Mouth Water Caves, Gârdișoara Keys, Coiba Mică, Coiba Mare, Huda Orbului and Hodobana Caves of the Sighiștel valley and the Bulzului valley, Bears’ Cave from Chișcău, all these objectives being placed in Apuseni Natural Park and can be easily visited from Vârtop resort.

In areas bordering the Vârtop holiday village, one can visit other objectives of Pietroasa commune, such as: Ponor Fortresses, Galbenei Valley, Padiș karst Plateau, Lost World karst Plateau, and in the Gârda de Sus commune: Ocoale-Scărișoara Plateau karst complex, all these holding numerous nature reserves with easy access from the marked tourist trails.

From the geographic point of view, Vârtop resort is located in Bihor Mountains, mountains that constitute the unit with the highest altitudes in Apuseni (Cucurbata Mare Peak 1849 m), between the Bătrâna and Biharia massives, two mountain units.



Nucet is a city located in the South-East area of the Bihor county, Crișana region, in Beiuș Depression, on the Ștei–Câmpeni road, at about 100 km. from Oradea municipality. The name of the city is closely linked to the fact that this locality is bordered by a nut plantation.

It has in its administration the Băița and Băița-Plai villages, as well as, Vârtop, the holiday village. The total area of the Nucet City is of ​​41.11 km. 2 (4111 hectares), which represents 0.54% of the Bihor county surface.
Nucet town has a recent history, the first documentary certification took place on February
2-nd., 1956. Even if the city is relatively new, Băița Valley history is much older. Since 1270 year, on these regions, the main occupation was mining. The appearance on the map of the country is due to the existence of riches ore (uranium, molybdenum, iron, silver, copper, gold) of the Băița locality, a village that has a mining tradition for several centuries and which now is part of the Nucet.




Padiș tourist area is located in the Northern branch of the Bihor Mountains, a chain in Apuseni Mountains. From the administrative point of view, Padiș area is located in the South-East part of the Bihor county, attached to the Pietroasa commune, up to the border with Cluj and Alba counties. Padiș tourist area, includes the following:

  • Padiș Closed Basin – Ponorului Fortresses
  • Warm Someș Keys – Vărășoaia Glade
  • Cuciulata Glade
  • Galbenei Keys – Flowers Glade
  • Boga Valley Ascendence.


In order to reach to Padiș you have at least 3 variants:

  • from Oradea- Deva E79 communication, in Sudrigiu turn to Pietroasa. In Pietroasa go straight on the main road to the Boga holiday village (there is no locality banner). When entering Boga turn right (there is a placard of 1m / 1m with the Ponorului Fortresses’Chalet) and go up 10 km. to the Scărița Chalet. After this, turn to the right (there is a placard of 1m / 1m with the Ponorului Fortresses’Chalet ), in order to get to the Glăvoi campsite (To Grajduri) and then at Ponorului Fortresses’Chalet, continue your driving, also on the asphalt road, another 6 km., until you almost reach the Scărița Chalet, where you turn left and continue driving 2 or 5 km.
  • from Oradea- Cluj E60 communication, in Huedin, turn to Răchițele. Go on Răchițele route, Ic Ponor, Padiș Plateau. In order to arrive at the Glăvoi camp (To Grajduri) and then at Ponorului Fortresses’Chalet, continue driving on the asphalt road to reach the Padiș plateau, Scărița forest Canton. After this turn left (there is a placard of 1m / 1m with the Ponorului Fortresses’Chalet) and you will continue driving 5 km., passing near a campsite, turn once more to the right and after 300 m. you will reach Padiș;
  • for those who come from Cluj and do not want to cross the road between Răchițele and Padiș Plateau, which is difficult to access with a car, we recommend the following option: Move toward Oradea until Borod, where you turn left to Bratca-Roșia-Beiuș. In Beiuș, downtown, turn left to Deva and drive on Oradea- Deva communication E79, until Sudrigiu where you must turn to Pietroasa. In Pietroasa go straight on the main road to the Boga holiday village (no banner in the locality). When entering Boga turn right (there is a placard of 3m / 2m with the Ponorului Fortresses’Chalet) and go up 10 km to the Scărița Chalet. After this, at100 m, turn to the right (there is a placard of 1m / 1m with the Ponorului Fortresses’Chalet) in order to get to Glăvoi campsite (To Grajduri) and then at Ponorului Fortresses’Chalet, or you will continue driving on the asphalt road, to reach the Padiș plateau.
  • for those coming by public transportation, the best option is to ride the bus until Vârtop-Arieșeni and from here, on the tourist marking red lane to Padiș.

Drumul forestier:

Padiș tourist area is crossed by the Răchițele road – Ic Ponor – Padiș – Boga –Pietroasa, with a total length of 53 km., of which:

Răchițele – Ic Ponor 21 km. – road prepaired for asphalting
Ic Ponor – Padiș 10 km. – forest road without reparations for a couple of decades
Padiș – Boga 6 km. – asphalted
Boga – Pietroasa 16 km.- asphalted

The forest road can be driven by a car, but has a few short stretches where you have to drive carefully, because of the holes. If the car is not very loaded and you drive carefully, you do not have to worry too much. In season, on Padiș plateau, you meet dozens of cars, of all makes, which drove up either from Pietroasa or from Răchițele or Horea Glade (by Ic Ponor).

The forest road is accessible from:

  • Huedin (Huedin – Padiș 58km): Huedin-Călata-Buteni-Scrind Frăsinet-Răchițele 27km., county partially modernized road;
  • Cluj (Cluj – Padiș 95 km):Cluj-Gilău- Warm Someș-Mărișel-Horea Glade-IcPonor(Barna Forest Canton) of which:Cluj-Horea Glade 70km modernized road (asphalt), Horea Glade- Călineasa-Ic Ponor (Barna Forest Canton) 20km., not-modernized road, recommended to jeeps, however it can be crossed by motor vehicles, carefully;
  • Oradea (Oradea-Padiș 100km) through Beiuș, Sudrigiu (Sudrigiu – Pietroasa 12 km, asphalt) or from Ștei (for tourists who come from Alba-Iulia, Deva, Arad) also through Sudrigiu and Pietroasa, asphalted road.

The ramifications of the forest road allow the access by car to the main touristic objectives of the area:

  • Warm Someș Keys 9 km;
  • Vărășoaia Glade and Rădesei Fortress 4 km;
  • Padiș Road Canton 1 km;
  • Ponor Road Canton and Ponorului Fortresses’ Chalet, Valley of Fortresses, Seacă Valley and Izbucul Ursului 5 km;
  • Galbenei Keys and Flowers Glade 10 km;
  • Boga Valley and Resort 3 km.