Warm climate, miles of sand beaches, ancient monuments, vineyards and modern resorts invite travelers to seriously consider Romania’s Black Sea Coast as their summer vacation destination. Beaches, stretching from Mangalia to Mamaia, are dotted with fine resorts and hotels, and countless sports and entertainment facilities. Remnants of ancient Greek culture as far back as the 7th Century, BC, when seafarers established trading colonies along the coast, are still being discovered. Romania’s main sea resorts are centred on 45 miles of fine sand beaches and include Mamaia, Eforie, Neptun, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Mangalia.
Black Sea – Mamaia, Beach ImageThe Black Sea coast has long been known for cures of arthritic, rheumatic, internal and nervous disorders.
Eforie Nord and Mangalia Spas specialize in mud baths (the mud is taken from the area’s salty lake waters) as well as in world famous “Gerovital” and “Aslavital” original rejuvenation treatments.
Vacationers at Romania’s Black Sea Coast can also join organized trips from the seaside to a number of locations in the country, including the Danube Delta, the painted monasteries of Bucovina, to the nation’s capital city, Bucharest.
Mamaia Beach is unique by its fine sand, 100-200m wide, assuring a very smooth entry in the sea mainly because of its over 8 km length. The favorable period for heliotherapy is longer than 12 hours a day. Low salinity, 15.5 grams per liter, sandy bottom, no stones at all, with a very light bent, with no floodings at all.
Mamaia Beach is designed accordingly and can welcome tourists starting with mid-May until late September, when the average temperature is usually over 25 degrees Celsius, the water being warm until the end of autumn.
The beach, smoothly descending in the sea water, is thus extremely safe for children or for people who cannot swim.
Due to its excellent location, the breezes coming from both the sea and the lake chill the hot summer weather. Along this beach, there are elegant and chic hotels which can simultaneously accommodate 20 000 tourists during the summer season.
It is a must to visit the Fun Park and the Water Park during your stay in Mamaia. Its offer all sorts of fun games and appliances for both children and adults.
Nightlife in Mamaia
When the sun sets, Mamaia starts vibrating. The night parties, clubs and discos are just a few of the things which make the resort one of the most visited on the shore of the Black Sea. The clubs in Mamaia are varied and can satisfy any requirements with their rhythms, large dance rings, pools, live concerts and very good music. All these are the perfect ingredients for the night life you will never forget and will log for the whole year long.
Mamaia is also the ideal place for those of you who prefer a more quiet atmosphere. In what the restaurants and terraces are concerned, the offer is as varied as you might wish. There are so many choices that you can relax in a different places each night.
Siutghiol Lake Mamaia
Siutghiol Lake ((“Ghiolul Mare” in the local folklore, or “Mamaia Lake” in tourist language)is 7.5 km long and 2.5 km wide. On its 1900 hectares, you can practice water sports such as water ski and yachting. Siutghiol Lake has a chalky island, Ovidiu, with a surface of 2 ha, where there is a restaurant.
Siutghiol Lake is separated from the sea by a sand belt, where Mamaia Beach was born. Near the Black Sea shore, the bottom is made up of beach sands, which are 3-4 meters thick. The sands cover the clay deposits which mainly extend on the rest of the bottom of the lake. The former sea shore, where the lake appeared, is made of Jurassic, Cretaceous and Sarmatian era deposits, represented particularly by claying.
On the western part of the lake, towards Palazu Mare and Caragea, there is a small island made of Cretaceous era deposits. On the southern part of Siutghiol there is Tabacaria Lake. Both lakes have sweet water which overflows mainly nearby the Institude of Oceanographic Research, its piezometric level being 2.5 m above the level of the Black Sea. The presence of several sweet water springs that feed the lake is well-known on both the western part and its bottom.
Unique in Romania, Mamaia Telegondola Project represents a complex cable transport installation for tourists who want to admire the scenery of Mamaia resort. The transport capacity is 600-1500 passengers per hour.
The telegondola is another attractions of the Romanian seaside for tourists of all ages, as they can admire the surroundings and Mamaia Resort. You can get on it in 2 stations, the first in Perla Mamaia area, and the second one in Mamaia Casino area.
Thus, tourists will have the chance to merely float above Mamaia Resort, for about 7 minutes, at a maximum height of 50 m. The capacity of a telegondola is 8 seats, and it is closed, with natural ventilation and sun protection with a strong glass system to assure a very good visibility.
The equipment is state-of-the-art, in compliance with international standards, with a maximum safety level. The total length of the route is 2000 m.
Mamaia Seafront divides in 2 main very beautifully designed areas- Perla and Casino, a 20-minute walk one from the other.
In the Perla area, there are very beautiful gardens and artesian fountains with benches. This is where the Summer Theatre is located and where you can find a lot of shops with different merchandises (food, clothes, pharmacies, press, souvenirs, shoes, etc). Also, the area is surrounded by restaurants and terraces.
In the Casino area, situated in the center of the resort there is a spectacular artesian fountain among whose water jets tourists can walk. In the evenings, the fountain is very beautifully lit. Palm trees and benches surround it. This is where every summer the City Hall organizes open-air shows with dancers, actors and singers. In this area there are all types of restaurants, from the traditional ones to the Chinese ones or pizza restaurants and several shops and bike rentals. On the Mamaia seafront there are the main promenade areas of the resort, and the car traffic is forbidden in this area.
Are you hyper active? Are you keen on strong sensations? Do you want to try something different this summer? We invite you to enter the water sports world, either on the foamy waters of the Black Sea or on the calm water of Lake Siutghiol.
Kitesurfing – one of the most progressive sports at the moment. Kitesurfing, a new sport, strongly developed in the 90’s and initiated, mainly, by surfers who wanted a larger freedom of movement, higher speed, the possibility of gliding on water and fly at the same time. In Romania, on our seashore, kiteboarding has developed significantly for the last 3 years.
Jet skiing – This leisure option is, in fact, a combination between an ordinary boat and a motorbike. If you have tried it once, you will not give it up. The sensation given by jet skiing is unique, especially when you ski on longer distances. Addicts say that the freedom sensation is one-of-a-kind.
Windsurfing – it appeared in the 60’s in the world and in the 90’s in Romania. It is a combination of sail navigation (where it took the sail from) and surfing (where it borrowed the board from), propelled by a single sail attached to the board through a flexible round connection (Power Joint). Although it seems a small sail watercraft, windsurfing can offer unique experiences, very different from those of any other type of sail craft. Windsurfing has established the highest speed record in sail crafts.
Water skiing – Judging by its name, water skiing is the ski practiced on water and hauled by a boat. Its equipment is different from the one of mountain skiing and the techniques are slightly different, but the basis is the same: balance, courage and lots of fun. Since its beginning, in the 20’s, this sport has managed to attract more and more fans.
With modern resorts, hotels, and numerous restaurants, clubs and bars, Neptun and Olimp distinguish themselves by their quality and elegance. Surrounded by the Comorova cool birch forest and with an opening to the sea in the Eastern part, the two resorts resemble natural gardens on the sea shore, full of verdure and freshness. Maybe that is the reason why the atmosphere is intimate and relaxing and you will really feel disconnected from the everyday life. Possessing ultramodern architectural ensembles, made of elegant hotels which shape their silhouettes on the background of a clear summer sky, Neptun and Olimp are two of the most famous Black Sea resorts, known to Romanian tourists, as well as foreign ones.
In Neptun and Olimp, as well as in most of the resorts, the beach is wide and has soft silky sand.
The passing towards the water is very mild, the sea bottom is sandy without rocks, and the days are long and clear with only a thread of a cloud sometimes crossing the clear blue sky.
The sea is mostly calm with waves calmly crashing on the shore in a sweet murmur that invites you to relax. Most of the hotels have open air pools, where you can stay and enjoy the lazy hot summer days in the good company of a cool cocktail under the beneficial shadow given by reed sunshades. For an extra boost of energy you can also opt for practicing some sports, such as: polyvalent sport fields, bowling and pool halls, water sports.
After a long lazy day spent at will on the hot sand, under the warm sun rays and beside the cool sea water, the evening brings about rumors of fun. The freshly fried fish aromas, the grill dishes, the baked corn and other local specialties call you to the numerous resorts on the waterfront. Later you can hear the entertaining sounds of music and shows. A dose of hot summer night entertainment can be found at the summer theatre, an open air cinema where a lot of shows and concerts take place, or at one of the many terraces or discos situated along the sea shore.
Neptun and Olimp equal health as well. In addition to the natural local factors – pure air, aerosols, thalassotherapy, you can find the “Doina” Complex which has modern treatment grounds with medical offices, massage halls, hydrotherapy, mud therapy, sauna, gymnastics and an interior pool. Here treatments are made for rheumatism, arthritis, spondylosis, gynecological and neurological illnesses.
You can also take advantage of the cosmetic treatments based on mud and the famous “Ana Aslan” products, associated with weight control diets.
Relaxation, rest, fun, beach, sport and health treatments -these are briefly the reasons for which you must definitely come on holiday to Neptun – Olimp
Jupiter resort developed around the Tismana artificial lake between Comorova forest and the sea, and is one of the newest Romanian resorts. It lies 40 km distance from Constanta and has numerous hotels, villas, holiday houses and a camping site where you can pitch your tent.
Aurora, the goddess of the sunrise, whose passion was the gems, inspired the architects of this resort – Cap Aurora. Thus, all hotels here have gem names: Opal, Diamant, Topaz, Agat, and Safir. It is the smallest of all seaside resorts, only 1 km long, but also the second most recent, being inaugurated in 1973.
It is an elegant resort with nice hotels, most of which have feminine names: Claudia, Raluca, Dana, Brandusa.
Besides them there are also villas and wonderful bungalows, built in a rather English style, which can be found everywhere. There are not only bushes and trees, but also gardens with lots of flowering plants of different shapes and colors, which render the image of a natural park. Imagine having dinner lying in a comfortable osier chair, surrounded by luxurious vegetation, discretely illuminated by small garden lamps and where every spoken word will be accompanied by the crickets’ song!
Situated in a calm bay, Saturn has many hotels, villas, holiday houses and camping. The resort has recently undergone a modernization process, which is obvious for those who came here in the past years. Now, in Saturn, there are a water theme park, hotels with spas, pools and other facilities for practicing sports.
At Mangalia, the most southern town of the sea shore, the sun and sea water mingle harmoniously with the stone carved vestiges of the ancient Greeks. The bright place, bathed in the sun rays, with numerous natural therapeutic factors make you understand why the ancient Greeks choose to build one of the first colonies on the Black Sea coast on this site.
Situated in a rich and hospitable area with sunny hills covered with vineyards and fruit-bearing trees and waters full of fish, the citadel was very attractive to its neighbors during those times.
The Romans, the Genovese and Ottoman merchants ruled the city in turn. Former defense walls, Greek amphora, an old mosque shadowed by trees with rich crowns, cafes where you can taste a real “sand boiled” coffee, terraces with nut and pastries, almond cakes dipped in syrup and delicious pies, streets with delicate white houses, sparkling small squares are testimonies of the millenary and stormy past are the source of Mangalia’s unique charm.
On the very place where 2400 years ago there was the ancient city of Callatis today we can find an elegant resort. Wide beaches caressed by calm waves, with soft silky sand, lots of hotels, villas which provide board and lodging, impressive ancient ruins, small shops, smart cafes and terraces, turn Mangalia into a place where you can spend your time in a relaxing and pleasant way.
Here you can also find one of the most modern business centers in Romania – The “Black Sea Business Center”. The Black Sea Business Center houses both business meetings and relaxation tourism. For a long time the resort has been famous for the healing mineral waters used in the treatment of rheumatic illnesses, skin and gynecological diseases.
The bathing – sanatorium and the Balneal – Treatment Center are famous for the special treatments that they offer including mud and paraffin massages, plant based baths, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and special mud messages. All treatments are performed by professional medical staff. You can enjoy the benefits of treatment throughout the whole year because the two centers are always open.
At 3 km to the North and at only 500 m from the beach there is the Mangalia horse herd which is worth visiting not only by those who love riding, but for everyone. Here one can find some gorgeous pedigrees and Arabian horses. The complex is not just another place to visit; horse races are organized here and riding amateurs can take riding lessons with specialized trainers.
During the summer there are a lot of festivals and entertaining events, which render a youthful and energetic atmosphere: Mangalia Days, the Romanian Navy Day, the Mangalia Festival and many more. There are spectacular fireworks organized at the end of the festivals, fireworks whose multicolored light is reflected into the forever restless sea water. You will definitely never forget the summer holiday spent in Mangalia!
Situated at 14 km from Constanta, the resort is famous for the sapropelic mud – a special mud with therapeutic properties, which is extracted from the Techirghiol Lake. The resort is actually surrounded by two natural health “tanks” – the salty water of the Black Sea and the Techirghiol Lake.
This area succeeds in harmoniously mingling opportunities for tourists who seek entertainment and therapeutic baths.
Lying in the middle of a huge natural park, Eforie Nord is a special place. The beach, having an impressive length of 4 km, is protected by 6 dams which make it look like a foamy lace which borders the bluish-greenish sea water. Similar to the other seaside resorts, the beach is wide (50-80 m), has soft sand and the passing towards the water is very smooth. An evening walk on the spectacular waterfront, reaching 25m height in certain places, will make you feel the strongly ozonized air and the natural aerosols brought by the cool breeze.
In addition, the numerous shows for children which take place here during summer, the theme parks and the playing grounds, make Eforie Nord an appropriate vacation spot for families with children.
In Eforie Nord there are two health treatment centers, one being a clinic of the Balneal-physiological and Medical Recovery Institute called Efosan, while the second – Ana Aslan Health Spa belongs to a hotel chain. The two centers work throughout the whole year and if you want to avoid the summer rush, you can come here during spring, in autumn, and even in winter.
Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the resort became, in the 1930s, a modern location, famous for the sapropelic mud and for the salty water of the Techirghiol Lake. As its “sister” – Eforie Nord – it is also situated on the Techirghiol Lake shore, a bit farther South. The tourists who come here can enjoy the tranquility and intimacy of the resort, the beauty of the waterfront, the comfort of the modern hotels but also of the old villas.
A traveler who crosses the resort by car will surely wonder at the sight of the black “apparitions”, who move at will somewhere along the distance lake shore. In fact, it is nothing strange. Here is the “Cold Baths” treatment center where anybody can benefit from treatment with the therapeutic mud, right near the water, in open air.
Directed towards the East, the beaches of the resort are bathed in the sun rays 10-12 hours a day during summer, as everywhere on the Romanian seaside. It is a true delight for the tanning and swimming fans! In addition, the passing towards the water is smooth and the waves are usually very low, which makes the sea accessible to children and those who cannot swim.
The resort has also a limestone promontory and a high waterfront, 25-35m above the sea. From here, the beholder has a splendid panorama of two blue immense objects, the dark blue sea and the clear blue sky, which mingle at the horizon. There are also many discos, an open air theater, sport fields and options for practicing water sports. In addition, the resort has a lot of flowers which provide a breath of fresh air even during the hot summer days and are amazing due to their variety and vivid colors.
Situated at 31 km from Constanta, Costineşti is the biggest youth summer center. And the most wanted!
The beach here is one of the biggest among the Romanian seaside resorts: it is approximate 5 km long and 100-200m wide. In addition to the sunbathing and the sea swim, there are a lot of fun options: sport fields, dozens of terraces of all kinds, sea sports complex, exhibition halls for young artists, and covered or open air discos where you can dance in entertaining rhythms until dawn. The “battles” between clubs are also funny: by the end of the evening, merry teams of boys and girls accompanied by famous DJs wander the streets and the beach in convertibles with really loud music, organizing all sorts of events to attract young people.
If you want to have fun in a true Latin spirit, Costineşti is the place you must go to. Once sun and heat start, around the beginning of June, and until the end of September, when it begins to cool down and the beginning of the university year is close, the resort is full of life that never goes to bed. At every hour, day and night, on the waterfront bordered by the Costineşti Lake, on the shadowy streets and alleys of the resort, there is a perpetual bustle of the young people among whom you can notice beautiful girls and handsome well-built boys, tanned by the hot sun rays on the sea shore.
On the promenade, on the streets shadowed by tall poplars, and among the local houses, there are a lot of restaurants and terraces where you can find offers for all wallets. In the “package” there are also concerts, which take place on the beach in the evening, and Summer Theater shows. Crazy contests with prizes, ad-hoc volleyball and sand football tournaments, improvised theater shows on the waterfront render the resort a hot place of entertainment that you simply do not feel like leaving. And, after a fun night of dancing at the waterfront clubs, you can enjoy a few moments of rest and complete peace when the sun – a fire ball – as it rises from the sea, and its first rays caress your skin.
The isolation, Bohemian life, and nonconformity are the main characteristics of these two tiny fishermen villages. Each summer they attract students, artists, and young Bohemians in search of an alternative to the “classical” amusements, turning them into real hot spots. Here you forget about civilization, conventions, fixed hours, rush and everyday troubles.
During the communist regime, the two isolated villages were meeting places for intellectuals and artists, mainly because they could talk freely about issues considered taboo at that time – political, social and cultural matters. If in 2 Mai the atmosphere is calmer and more relaxing, Vama Veche is the place of entertainment. Here, once the sun has set the parties on the seashore begin. What can be more pleasant than dancing barefoot on the cool sand, to the guitar rhythms while being caressed by the salty sea breeze.
The beach is wild and the sea deepens rather suddenly. Only experienced swimmers venture to the shipwreck, a real “star” of Vama Veche. In the Southern part of the beach the rusty framework of the former ship still floats, making some unusual sounds because of the wind which crosses its prow.
The many rustic restaurants and terraces lying right on the beach, where you can find fish dishes and other local specialties but also traditional Romanian dishes, are very tempting for everybody who comes here. In most of the places you can have a good and very affordable meal. As for accommodation, you can stay for a reasonable price at the new board and lodgings which have appeared over the last years. For the less conventional ones there is also the possibility of camping. Whatever choice you make, you will be close to the beach and you will always smell the salty sea and feel the hot sand.
For those who want to be close to the sea, to hear the waves crashing into the shore, and to spend unforgettable nights by the campfires or the reed terraces, 2 Mai and Vama Veche are the most appropriate locations.
Originally a fishermen village, Portita is known now as one of the most peaceful and remote destination on the Romanian Riviera, a special place for fishing and sunbathing. The access is made usually by boat, from Jurilovca (Tulcea), or by car, from Vadu (Constanta) or Sf. Gheorghe (Tulcea).
The village is located on the right shore of the Sf. Gheorghe branch, in the very heart of the Delta. You can get there by boat, but also by car (15 minutes from Tulcea). The beauty of the landscape, the abundance in archaeological vestiges, the rocky and sunny roads that lead to the vast and quiet waters of the Delta – all these make the village unique and attractive.
The Fisherman’s House is a small museum opened by the local community, displaying scenes from the life of the fishing communities in the Danube Delta. The entrance is free.
Many vestiges from the Neolithic, the First Iron Age, Dacian, Roman and Early Medieval Period have been discovered in the vicinity.
Salsovia Fortress is located on the Danube Bank, 8 km from the village. The fortress stood as a Roman military outpost starting from the first century BC.
Saratura Lakes hold dark therapeutic mud. Saratura III lake, also known as the Salt Lake, was declared as a biological interest natural reserve.
Uzlina and Saraturile refuges, which are both zoological natural reserves, are great places to see rare species of birds.
The village took its name from the marine mile that used to mark the distance from the mouth of the river, on the old riverbed of Sulina branch. In the past years, Mila 23 has known an impressive development from the tourist point of view. The only way to get here is by boat (from Tulcea or Crisan), making it the perfect retreat for nature lovers.
Having less than 500 inhabitants, Mila 23 describes faithfully the characteristics of the Lipovan village from the Danube Delta. The houses were built on a narrow stretch of sand along the old riverbed, on a single row. The windows are small, made of wood and painted blue. The inhabitants are mostly fishermen, belonging to various ethnic groups: Ukrainians, Russians, Lipovans and Turks.
Ivan Patzaichin, the famous canoeist, Olympic champion in 1972 and 1980, was born here, in Mila 23.
The old fishermen village is located 120 km from Tulcea and 35 km from Sulina, on the left shore of Danube’s oldest branch – Sf. Gheorghe, in the vicinity of the Black Sea.
The access to the village is possible only by boat: from Tulcea (4 hours), from Mahmudia (2 hours 30 minutes), or from Murighiol (2 hours).
Sf. Gheorghe is one of the villages with a good tourism infrastructure (boarding houses).
The village has also a modern mini-harbour, which offers optimal conditions for the boats reaching this location.
The lighthouse was built in 1968, to replace the old wooden lighthouse (1865).
Sacalin-Zatoane natural reserve is located South of the village, on the right side of the river. Many bird species nest on the island, of which we mention the great pelican and the mute swan. The part lying south of the confluence with the sea form an auxiliary delta, extremely picturesque, often visited by the tourists who enjoy the boat trips offered by the local inhabitants.
The beach is a roughly 15-20 minutes walk from the village, with fine sand, shells and thistles, both on the seashore and along the Danube.
The International Independent Film Festival (Anonimul) is an yearly event that takes place here.
Murighiol is located approximately 36 km from Tulcea, between Mahmudia and Razim Lake. The village shelters the ruins of the old Roman fortress of Halmyris, built between the 1st and the 4th Century A.D (the massive defense walls, with towers and gates, the thermae) and also the ruins of an ancient basilica.
The local architectural decoration is characterized by reminders of old Slavic beliefs (the mermaid, the sunrays) present on the gable of the houses, or by figures depicting the main activities of the population (the fish, the tree of life, the branch).
Murighiol Tourist Village is a fantastic place for those who love sport fishing, hunting and water sports, and also a great place to taste traditional food.
The village is situated in the eastern part of Tulcea County, in the Danube Delta. It can be reached by boat or by car.
The tourism infrastructure of the village was modernized, many hotels and boarding houses being built here lately. The tourist attractions include:
• the Danube Delta, with its numerous lakes;
• fishing and hunting opportunities;
• Caraorman Forest, with its moving sand dunes;
• Letea forest, the northernmost subtropical forest;
• the historic monument near Mila 13 (dated 1896)
Crisan Environmental Education Centre is the place where tourists have the opportunity to get a full picture of the delta, while learning to protect nature.
The village is located approximately 66 km from Tulcea, in front of the famous Chilia Fortress, built in 1479 by Stephen the Great. Chilia Veche is the most populated village in the Danube Delta, having more than 3000 inhabitants. It can be reached by car or by the passenger ships that travel between Tulcea and Periprava.
The village has a huge potential for tourism and water sports. The wide fields surrounding the village are ideal for hunting, especially in autumn. Besides its natural landscape, we mention the Orthodox Church, one of the oldest religious monuments in Romania. Its height reaches 52 m, being the second tallest church in the country, after the Black Church in Brasov.
Stipoc old-rite orthodox monk monastery is the only monastery in the delta, placed on a levee deposit. The worship place resides in a small wood church, a few cells and the refectory.