Relaxing in the Wilderness of the Danube Delta

Romania is one of the most beautiful countries in Eastern Europe, being famous for its imposing mountains, fascinating valleys and rivers, but also for hosting the largest and best-preserved delta in Europe.

If you plan to visit the astonishing natural beauty and wilderness of the Danube Delta, you will have the chance to completely relax and forget all about your daily worries, while admiring the unforgettable sunsets of this new Romanian land.

The calmness of the Delta. Photo credit @David Vincent Photography

What You Should Know About the Danube Delta

When I visited this fascinating land, I was lucky enough to have a very informed companion. Being a travel guide for many years, my travel mate knew a lot and taught me many interesting things about the place we were visiting.

The Danube empties into the Black Sea, creating this fascinating Delta, after passing through 10 countries and 4 capital cities. There are less than 20,000 people living in this region, together with 3,500 species of animals and 1,700 plant species. There is no wonder why The Danube Delta is included on Unesco’s World Heritage list.

Now, even though there aren’t too many inhabitants, and the area is really far from being rich, there are a few hotels as well guesthouses that are waiting for travelers with delicious traditional food, friendliness and happiness. However, we wanted an authentic experience and we stayed in a fisherman’s house, ate food cooked by his wife and went on boat trips with his son. It was incredible but, if you prefer something more comfortable you can always book a hotel room. All have floating pontoons and boats so you can have a similar adventure.

Now, you won’t find clubs (though we caught a glimpse at the village disco), parties and too many activities, because a trip to Danube Delta is for people who want to relax and get in touch with nature. However, I promise you that you won’t even think about civilization while you are in the middle of this beautiful, quiet and still somehow lively place.

Water lilies
Photo credit @David Vincent Photography

Enjoy a Few Unwinding Hours of Bird Watching

Besides savoring the peace and serenity, while you are exploring the wilderness of the lakes you can also enjoy bird watching. There are hundreds of species here like swans, pelicans, and watching them in the wilderness is definitely a delight.

Pelican
Photo credit @David Vincent Photography

A Boat Ride on the Charming Danube Canals

Whether you choose to rent a boat or enjoy a ride with the hotel owners or employees, a day on the beautiful canals will make you fall in love with the region. We went in the morning and also during the day, but the most memorable time was at the sunset. The feeling of being in the middle of the wild delta, surrounded by the most incredible colors I have ever seen, was one of the best I’ve ever had.

– by Ana Maria Ionita

 

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