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:
In order to reach to Padiș you have at least 3 variants:
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:
The ramifications of the forest road allow the access by car to the main touristic objectives of the area: