The Sarata-Monteoru resort was founded in 1895, by the greek merchant Grigore Stavri, who was to become the boyar Grigore Constantinescu Monteoru over the years. He had the merit of raising the resort to the rank of resort. Advised by Dr. Guyenot, a consultant physician in Aix des Bains, France, Grigore Constantinescu Monteoru started in 1890 setting up a spa resort with all the beauty, helped by the German architect Eduard Honzik.
On July 1, 1895, the official inauguration of the spa resort was marked with numerous hotels, treatment establishments, casino and pool, to which the owner wanted a future of Karlovy Vary. It is located in the central-western area of Buzau county, about 14 kilometers away from the city of Buzau, in a hilly, quiet area, surrounded by forests and rich vegetation.
Here you can reach both from Pietroasele, on the Wine Road, but also from DN 1B Buzau-Ploiesti, on DJ 203G Merei- Sarata Monteoru.
Compared with Karlovy Vary, Sarata Monteoru is for several decades an aging resort, visited mainly by pensioners who need treatment. A relaunch strategy, applied in these years by authorities and private investors, is trying to bring the resort to the forefront of Romanian tourism. An important step was to obtain the status of a spa resort.
The resort was opened in 1895 and had hotels, treatment centers, a pool and a casino. In communism it was visited by thousands of tourists from the area but also from other counties, for the salt water pool. It seemed abandoned, in the first decade of the Revolution, but in recent years, Sarata Monteoru has managed to make little progress in the hierarchy of Romanian resorts.
”Monteoru village became a spa resort. This is an important step, because as of 2017 several European funds can be accessed and it is a small step before it becomes a resort of national interest. We hope that at the beginning of 2018, this will become a resort of national interest ”, declared Petre Emanoil Neagu, president of Buzau County Council.
Sarata Monteoru resort is the best known in Buzau county. It is famous for springs with salt, iodine, bromide, magnesium, sulfur, calcium and mineral sludge from natural sulfur springs. These are indicated for treating locomotor system disorders, gynecological, gastrointestinal, hepato-biliary disorders.
In 2008, the Sarata Monteoru Inter-Community Development Association was set up, whose main purpose is the rebirth of the Sarata Monteoru resort, its transformation into a tourist objective of national interest and represents a partnership between the Buzau City Hall, the County Council and the City Hall of Merei. Monteroru resort is rounded off.
In 2015, an investment of over 1 million euros from European funds propelled the Sarata Monteoru resort into the top of luxury destinations. This is an ultra-modern SPA center, with 60 accommodation places. In 2016, the resort was enriched with a gymnasium and an adventure park. The adventure park was set up at the end of Sarata Monteoru resort, right in the middle of the forest. The place of recreation received the name of "Escapada". The adventure park is an ecological way of conserving the forest for the benefit of the people.
The main attraction of the resort is the salt water pools. Paradise Beach, the oldest and largest surface, the Ceres hotel pool, praised by tourists for very clean water, the swimming pool at the Hotel Casino or the Caprice pension pool are some of the resort's attractions during the summer season.
Monteoru village has a rich offer for agro-tourist pensions, which compete with each other in traditional menus, group trips and special holiday offers. And extreme sports enthusiasts have a place to quench their appetite for adventure, because at Sarata Monteoru there is the largest flying fox in the country, 200 meters long and another 40 meters for children, a climbing wall, as well as a mountain bike rental center. Here you can visit the Church "The Assumption of the Virgin Mary", built by Grigore Monteoru in 1876 and the Dendrological Park over two hectares, designed in "English style", which includes trees from native species and exotic species from North America, China or Japan. .
Attractions include Villa Monteoru, built in 1888, the chapel of the Monteoru family, erected in 1902-1903 by the architect Eduard Honzik and painted by Costin Petrescu, the painter of the Royal House of Romania, the unique oil mine in Europe and the archaeological site on the Cetăţuia hill.
The town is also known for the Monteoru culture, an archeological culture dating from the Bronze Age, represented by a large settlement near the eastern edge of the village today, on Cetatuia hill.