An alluring far-stretched waterbody, intriguing wilderness, over 300 species of birds, a heavy dose of adventure, tranquility and gorgeous sunsets, Danube Delta in Romania is one of the nature’s most amazing gifts to the mankind.
Exquisitely wild and fascinating, Danube Delta is the largest in Europe after Volga Delta. Although some parts of the Delta are shared with Ukraine, most of it falls in Romanian territory known as Tulcea County.
Located in the eastern corner of Romania, it is also the best-preserved delta in the continent. It is at this very point that River Danube empties itself into the Black Sea after a flowing through many countries.
Today’s Danube Delta has its origin dated back to 4000 BCE when it began to form in a bay of the Black Sea after the rise of the sea level.
There are three major distributaries of the Danube into the delta, namely Sulina, Sfântul Gheorghe and Chilia.
Untouched and simply unforgettable, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site, Danube Delta is a paradise for wildlife lovers. If exploring nature is your idea of an exciting trip, then discover the amazing Danube Delta in Romania: why we fell in love with the wild nature.
Here are some reasons why you must visit Danube Delta.
1. Picturesque Tulcea County:
Before you head to the wetland and the waterbody, spend some time exploring Tulcea City and its gems. Once a trading village in Romania and the Gateway to the Danube Delta, Tulcea is the place from where you can take ferries or book private tours to the Delta.
One-third of the entire space of the Tulcea county is part of the Delta. Razelm Lake and Sinoe Lake are two of the popular tourist attractions in the South-East of the county. The area towards the south between Razelm Lake and the Sfântu Gheorghe Channel is quite scenic with the myriad of beautiful small lakes and channels. The entire area is a part of UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site and Biosphere reserve.
There’s also the remains of the nearly 400-million-year old prehistoric mountain range with a height of 400 m at the centre of the Tulcea county. You can also visit Enisala Medieval Fortress, the Northern Dobrogea monasteries which include Celic Dere, Cocos, Saon Monastery in Tulcea County, Macin Mountains National Park and the traditional vineyards of Sarica Niculitel are also popular tourist attractions here.
2. Bird Watching Haven Like Nowhere Else
A heaven for wildlife lovers, Danube Delta is home to over 300 species of birds out of which around 176 are breeding species. Cormorant, Dalmatian pelican, pygmy cormorant, and white pelican are the most popular and important of them all.
You can also spot whited-tailed eagle here along with heron colonies of various species.
Rich in flora and fauna both, and famous for its ecosystems, Danube Delta also has an abundance of fishes with nearly 45 fresh water types of fishes here. Floating island is home to weasel and otters.
3. Boat Ride and Gorgeous Sunsets
One of the most popular and quintessential Danube Delta experience is the boat ride through its beautiful channels.
You can hire a boat and navigate deep into the canals to witness gorgeous sunsets. Regina Deltei, located at the heart of the Delta, not only organizes amazing boat rides but also offers great accommodation. Some of the boat ride itineraries include Lake Isac, Isacel, Lake Gorgovat and also to Lake Gorgova.
The Regina Deltei serves great meals, and has internet access too. Children can have a great time here as there’s plenty of green open space for them to play. You may go cycling, fishing, campfire, or choose to go for an adventurous expedition. Rooms in Regina Deltei are equipped with modern amenities and comfortable to make your trip to the Delta memorable.
4. Interesting ‘Never-Before’ Experince at Atemporal villages
Exploring and visiting atemporal villages in the Delta is one of the highlights of the trip. There are nearly 20,000 inhabitants on the Romanian side of the Delta out of which about 4600 reside in the Sulina port. There are around 27 villages scattered all over the Delta.
These villages are sparsely populated and only 3 of these have more than 500 inhabitants. An ideal way to relax while you are in a vacation here is to lie down in a hammock and lend an ear to innumerable stories about the delta narrated by the local villagers.
5. Delicious Traditional meal prepared by locals
Exploring Danube Delta without enjoying a local preparation of fish is only half the story. Home to a huge number of fish species, Danube Delta is also known for the local fish delicacies.
Don’t miss the famous fish soup and fish grill, and other traditional Romanian preparations.
6. Amazing Letea Forest
Spread across an area of 6,980 acres between the Sulina and Chilia distributaries of Danube in the Delta, Letea Forest is the oldest natural reservation in Romania. The forest was also the foundation of the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve— a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site. The amazing forest has a rich variety of fauna and it also houses nearly 1600 species of insects. Letea Forest is a must-visit if you are planning to explore Danube Delta.
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