Nufărul (Hungarian: Tavirózsa) is a large "satellite" quarter (cartier in Romanian) on the eastern outskirts of Oradea, Bihor, Romania. Like all other "quarters" of Oradea, Nufărul does not have an official boundary, nor does it have a local government (being governed by the Municipality of Oradea).
The name Nufărul means water lily in Romanian. The name for the quarter came from the fact, that, in this area, there are many water lilies, the area extending up until Băile Felix, the thermal resort, where there are beautiful lakes with water lilies.
Infrastructure and services
Nufărul is termed a "satellite" quarter because it is located at the edge of the Oradea municipality and contains a range of infrastructure similar to Oradea city centre, including a transport hub, supermarkets and other commercial infrastructure, and high-density apartment blocks.
After the Oradea city centre (Centru) and Rogerius quarter, it is the third-largest district for business in Oradea. It is also one of the fastest growing areas in Bihor county in terms of development and foreign investment, due to its location on the E60 Budapest-Bucharest highway, the quarter being the first point of contact with Oradea when arriving from Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca and other major Romanian cities.
A piece of trivia used as a sign of Nufărul's rise as an important centre for foreign investment is that the quarter was the location of the second McDonalds (McDrive) restaurant in the Municipality of Oradea.
However, despite having a wide range of infrastructure, Nufărul was, like Rogerius, built-up mainly during Romania's Communist period, which ended in 1989. For that reason, the quarter is said by many to lack the historical charm of central Oradea, instead being filled by planned and mostly unaesthetic Communist-era apartment blocks and buildings.
Nufărul is an important transport hub for the Oradea Transport Local network. The quarter is accessible by tram and bus from the city centre, and is a terminus for one of the city's three tram lines, as well as various bus lines. It is also the gateway to Baile Felix, a well-known spa resort outside Oradea, with several shuttle bus connections to the resort.
Districts of Oradea
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