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Since Roman times, Romanian spas have been known for their miraculous healing powers. Transylvania holds numerous well-equipped spa towns, such as Baile Felix, Baile Herculane, Sovata and Covasna, some of which have facilities offering acupressure, acupuncture and slimming cures. It is here that the myth of Dracula, immortalised in Bram Stoker’s famous novel, started off. The original Dracula was a medieval King known as ‘Vlad the Impaler’, owing to his horrible habits. One of Vlad’s original abodes is Bran Castle; set in a commanding position, with its thick walls and peaked tower, it offers a spectacular view and a chilling atmosphere (tours are available to Bran Castle from the mountain resort of Poiana Brasov, where it is possible to ski in winter and undertake mountain climbing and walking in summer). From here it's possible to travel to Sibiu which has a great market. Transylvania is also known for its numerous Saxon fortified churches, including the Biertan Church, which stands on top of a hill overlooking the village of Biertan and is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.