Danube Delta is without any doubt one of the most extraordinary natural habitats in the world. It is the home of more than 360 bird species, 45 sweet water fish species and for some very rare plants and animals, some of them being on the verge of extinction.
You will be amazed by the beautiful houses painted in white and blue, with dinghy at the gate, by the water lilies and the flocks of birds. Also, here you will taste the most savory fish soup and other fish dishes. But what are the most beautiful areas to see in Danube Delta, because you have to know that this national park is comprised from more natural reserves: Doloşman Cape, Histria Fortress, Vătafu – Lunghuleţ Complex, Sacalin Zătoane Complex, Lake and Grind Răducu, Chituc Grind, Wolves Grind, Popina Island, Lake Horseshoe, Caraorman Forest, Letea Forest, Rosca – Buhaiova, Corbu-Nuntasi – Histria, Belciug Lake, Horseshoe Lake, Rotundu Lake, Erenciuc arinis, Periteaşca – Leahova Complex, Vătafu – Lunghuleţ Complex, Nebunu Lake, Babadag – Codru Forest, Ghiunghiurmez Hill and Murighiol Salty.
Places to visit in Danube Delta
Letea forest is the oldest natural reserve in Romania and it is considered the “Danube jungle”. Here, wild horses romp freely and twisted trunks of the trees are wrapped like vines snakes. Letea village belongs to the commune C.A. Rosetti and is located between Chilia and Sulina Letea Sand Bank. The village consists of haholi. They are Orthodox Old Rite Russian complying Julian calendar.
Caraorman forest has an impressive area of 2,245 hectares. Tourists have the opportunity to see impressive sand dunes up to 10 meters tall and 30 meters tall oaks. In the area lives a protected species of eagles.
The virgin beach welcomes tourists to discover an amazing place. The beach is divided in public and the protected area where lives rare species of birds.
Jurilovca is the largest community of fishermen in Tulcea, inhabited by Lipoveni. The settlement was founded by Russians lipoveni exiled by from Don and Nister areas. They were forced to leave their homeland because of canonical rules imposed by the Russian Orthodox Church and Tsar Peter the Great. Once in Jurilovca, you can explore Goloviţa and Razim lagoons (the latest being the largest lake in the country), or you can walk in the footsteps of the first Greco – Roman colonies of Romania at Doloşman Cape. Here lies the remains of a Greek colony, the first settlement in Romania, an older sister of Histria. Fortress is called Orgame Argamum (Greek and Latin name of the city). In the area they found four paleo Christian basilicas and the oldest Greek tomb.
Chituc is located north – west of Lake Sinoe. In summer, the area is invaded by tropical air that brings drought and heat. Vadu is one of the last regions where longer be seen jackals, an endangered species. Last virgin territory of the Romanian seaside is a language of sand, nearly 36 kilometers long, which is interposed between the sea and the Delta. It is a wild landscape, the home of many rare bird species and beautiful flowers.
Sulina, where sweet meets salt
Sulina is the place where Danube flows into the sea. It is a majestic view that cannot be missed by anyone that visits Sulina.
Sulina is a colorful and cosmopolite city, a town loaded with history and tales. In this town inhabited together Romanians, Turks, Russians, Italians, Greeks, Albanians and other nations, turning Sulina in a beautiful and peaceful town. The old houses build in different styles still exists on the streets “named” by numbers. A walk on Sulina streets will guide you to the old lighthouse of European Commission of the Danube, built in the early nineteenth century. At its construction were used materials brought from abroad: Indian wood, bronze from France, English crystal, roof from Greece, stone from Malta.
In Sulina cemetery sleep their sleep together Orthodox, Muslims, Russians lipoveni. Here exists the only tomb of a pirate from Romania. His name was George Kontoguris and died on March 25, 1871, on the International Day of Greece! His funeral stone is engraved for eternity symbol pirate skull and crossbones.
Sfântu Gheorghe (Saint George)
Saint George village has a long history, being first documented in 1318 on a map of Pietro Vesconte.
Near the village there exists a fine sand stretching along the shore till Sulina. It is very large, with a width of 70 meters. Some sectors are strictly protected and the access is forbidden. In Sakhalin Island live very rare bird species and Erenciuc channel has the only Black Alder reserve in Europe. Melea reserve located within walking distance of St. George is the nesting or migration home for colonies of pelicans, swans and cormorants.
Delta, the youngest land in Europe, is included on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage List. Since September 1990, the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve was recognized as a wetland of international importance, especially as waterfowl habitat. The experts are unanimous to catalog Delta as “a veritable museum of biodiversity”, “a natural gene bank of universal invaluable natural heritage.”
Information source: adev.ro/nn3yvf and Wikipedia.ro