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What you should know about Dobrogea

Dobrogea is the most ethnically diverse region in Romania. Here you can find a fascinating mix of cultures in addition to the majority Romanian population, such as Ukrainians, Tartars, Turks, and the distinctive and rare ethnic community of the Lipovans, who arrived in Romania in the 18th century, fleeing from religious persecution in Russia.
Dobrogea is home to the Danube Delta, one of the most spellbinding wildlife reserves in the world, the largest and best preserved of Europe’s deltas, designated by UNESCO as a “Reservation of the Biosphere”.
All the villages in the Danube Delta show a strong Turkish influence, and you can spot Greek, Roman and Byzantine vestiges everywhere. The roads are some of the best in Romania, with scenic landscapes rolling before your eyes every step of the way.
The people here are straightforward and welcoming, as in other parts of the country. Since living conditions during winter are quite harsh, the Delta population is scattered among the port of Sulina, the city of Tulcea, and the 27 villages, with an average density of about 2 inhabitants per square kilometer.
  1. The Danube Delta is a wildlife enthusiast’s heaven, as there are some 350 species of birds, 45 of freshwater fish, and 1,700 of plants. Birdwatching and bird photography are very common here, as this is perfect breeding ground for all kinds of exotic birds, some of which come all the way from Asia and Africa. Besides birds, there’s also a rich ecosystem of wild animals: foxes, deer, and a few wild boar are a common sight in the Delta, although we’ve even heard stories about wildcats and wolves.
  2. Rent a boat and explore the watery labyrinth of lagoons, rivers, canals and lakes.
  3. Explore traditional fishing villages. Each place has its own magic and its own particular attractions. From Chilia Veche in the North, right next to the Ukrainian border, to the Sulina channel in the middle of the region, and then to the remote Sfantu Gheorghe in the South, there are a handful of traditional guesthouses or small resorts where you can rest and reinvigorate yourself after a day of boating, horse-riding, cycling, wildlife watching and wine tasting.
  4. Enjoy the solitude on some amazing deserted beaches on the Black Sea, like Vadu, Corbu or Sfântu Gheorghe.
  5. Visit the ruins of the Greek fortress of Histria, and the Ottoman one in Enisala, the most important of the over 20 still-standing fortresses.
  6. Climb the tower of the Carol I Mosque in Constanta to get an overview of the Old Centre. This part of the city is called “the peninsula”, and it houses many valuable historical monuments, from the local naval tradition.
  7. Constanta is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Tomis, so make sure to visit its underground galleries, the Roman amphitheatre, the basilica, crypt and aqueducts.
  8. Try the savory local cuisine, especially if you like fish. The most popular dishes in the Delta are the Fisherman’s Soup and the Saramura.
  9. Wine tastings. There are several wineries in the Delta that organise wine tastings for travellers. Here you can witness the production process, listen to fascinating stories, and even get the chance to go into the vineyards and pick the indigenous grapes yourself. The best-known winery in Romania is Murfatlar, which produces medium-dry and sweet wines, both white and red.