The Jiu Valley, Romania’s former largest coal mining area, is nowadays defined by wonderful landscapes, an exceptional river basin, and a very ancient history and culture. With a population of around 135.000 inhabitants, composed by 6 towns and several villages, Jiu Valley lies in Central-West Romania, close to the Western border. It is fully surrounded by mountains and offers its inhabitants and visitors clean fresh air, a variety of local traditions, and a wide diversity of amenities.
In terms of accessibility, the Jiu Valley is framed by four major Romanian cities (Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara, Craiova, and Brașov), two hours away from the closest airport, and one hour away from the A1 Highway connecting Bucharest to the West.
Its privileged position, the great tourism potential, and the sites for investments left behind by the closure of the mines offer great investment potential in areas such as tourism and hospitality, industry, urban regeneration, and not only. The Jiu Valley is in a full reinvention process, and the companies that will invest in the area will define its future post-mining identity.
A privileged location
The area is close to the Western border and close to the A1 Highway connecting Bucharest to the West. Also, the area is in the middle of an accessibility triangle, between three major Romania cities: Cluj-Napoca, Timișoara and Craiova.
Sites for investment
The closure of the mines in the area has left behind large parcels of land, most often under single ownership, with connection to transport infrastructure and utilities.
The area is home to or close to a number of dynamic ski resorts and other tourist attractions.