The Romanian "riviera", stretching in Constanta county on a surface of more than 100 km (out of a total of 244 km representing the Romanian border with the Black Sea) is made up of a continuous belt of 16 seaside resorts (some of the being also spas), out of which some are in high demand: Mamaia, Costinesti, Neptun - Olimp, Venus and Mangalia.
Marvellous weather from spring to autumn and miles of golden sand make Romania's Black Sea resorts the ideal destination for beach holidays.
The Black Sea tides are practically not-existent, so swiming is safer than in most parts of the world.
One can find everything there: modern hotels and facilities, a busy night-life, a wide range of sports facilities and numerous inland attractions from castles to vineyards.
The seaside offers an unique combination of natural factors: sun, sea water, beaches and ionized air that are used in the Black sea coast spas for balneary treatments completed with acupuncture, apitherapy, fitotherapy, anti-stress cures, fitness or GEROVITAL anti-aging cures.
The wonderful Romanian seacoast benefits of the special charm given by the Black Sea (the third European sea in terms of surface, and the second one in what concerns the depth, with reduced salinity (17-18%) at the shore and the water temperature of 20 - 25 ℃.
There are no streams, dangerous plants or animals in the Black Sea's waters.
The sea platform decreases smoothly from the coast (on a strip of 100-200 m) towards the open sea (the water is not very deep, 1-2m), thus eliminating all the risk factors.
Constanta is located in Dobrogea, the land situated between the Danube River to the west and Black Sea to the east.
With an international airport, a busy seaport, express trains linking it to Bucharest (2 1/2 hours) and a 2,500 year history (the Roman poet Ovid lived in exile here), Constanta is the very kind of cosmopolitan place a seaside vacation needs.
Hotels, shops, ancient monuments, a magnificent casino by the sea and interesting museums complete the picture. All the Black Sea resorts are easily accessible either by train or bus.
Constanta is the oldest living city in Romania.
The history of the city goes back to 657 BC when Greeks (during the Greek colonization of the Pontus Euxinus area) finding here a Getic native settlement founded an "emporion" that evolved to the level of "polis" and named it Tomis.
Important sites, dating back approximately 2,500 years, such as the Roman Mosaic, Roman Baths and Greek ruins of the ancient city of TOMIS (7th century B.C.) can be found here.
Today Constanta is the most important port on the Black Sea, industrial city, cultural and academic center, museum of priceless vestiges, seaside "capital" and valuable tourist center.
The predominant industries in the county are chemical and petrochemical industry, food and beverages, textile, ship building, construction materials, mechanical and paper industry.
As the main Black Sea port, Constanta is ranked just after Roterdam, Anvers and Marseille.
Located at the crossing of the commercial routes that link the developed countries of Western Europe to the eastern countries with an emerging economy as well as the raw material suppliers from Central Asia and the Middle East, Constanta is continually developing in order to become the main logistic knot of this area.
- Black Sea Resorts: Mamaia, Olimp - Neptun, Jupiter, Cap Aurora, Venus, Saturn
- Eforie and Mangalia spas
- Ruins of the ancient Greek city of Histria (600 B.C.)
- Murfatlar Winery and Vineyard
MamaiaSituated North of the Constanta between the sea and a lake and having the finest sand and the smoothest beach along the entire Romanian Sea coast, Mamaia is especially designed for families with children.
The beach season is at its best between mid-May and late September, when average daytime temperatures are 25 to 30 degrees Celsius (78 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit). Most of the hotels (over 60) are very close to the beach.
Mamaia is the best destination for water sports in Romania, sports which can be practiced both on the sea but also on the Siutghiol lake. Amenities are very good, most of them being brand new or recently modernized.
- Very good tennis courts, Aqua Magic fun park and a cable car ("Telegondola") offering a great view over Mamaia, the Black Sea and Siutghiol Lake as well as sports like snorkeling, scuba-diving and paragliding offer thrills from May to October
- You can make short trips taking a little boat to "Ovid Island", in the middle of Sutghiol lake, the place where, apparently, is the grave the Roman poet Ovidius Publius Naso, (43 BC-17) who spent his last eight years in exile in the region
- Every year the Summer Theatre of Mamaia is the venue of the Romanian Pop Music Festival
- At the end of August a race in the world Offshore Formula 1 circuit (high class powerboats) is held on Siutghiol lake
- Restaurants, bars and nightclubs enliven the evenings. Typical country villages, the ruins of the ancient Greek fortress of Histria, and the Danube Delta are easily accessible.
Southern ResortsThe Black Sea at its Best
Among the most popular are Neptun and Olimp, built as leisure sites for the rich of the communist era, now offering de-luxe villas and excellent hotels, some on the beach, others in the quiet Comorova forest between the shore and a lake.
Tennis and other sports, open air restaurants, discos, night clubs and cabarets all cater for demanding visitors.
Economical and Youth Holidays
Southwards, the resorts of Jupiter, Cap Aurora, Venus and Saturn offer a variety of inexpensive hotels, campsites and rented accommodation, while Costinesti is mostly a youth resort, with basic accomodation and informal entertainment.
MangaliaMangalia is renowned for therapy treatments.
The 6th century BC fortified town of Callatis became today's balneary spa of Mangalia, with a special cure hotel. Here, as in Eforie Nord, Eforie Sud and the spa in Neptun, a wide variety of therapeutic treatments are available, including mineral-rich mudbaths, thalassotherapy and the famous Romanian Gerovital cure.
Medical staff are highly qualified and clinics and consulting rooms remain open all through the year. So you can combine professional treatment with all the pleasures of a seaside holiday. We recommend Paradiso Hotel and Spa.
Local ToursAs well as long-distance tours to the Danube Delta with its birdlife and mysterious waterways, or even to Bucovina and the legendary decorated monasteries, or to Bucharest, there are plenty of sites available in the immediate hinterland to tempt you away from sunbathing for days. The 7th century BC Greek city ruins at Histria is to be mentioned.
At Adamclisi, 62 km (39 miles) inland from Constanta, stands the impressive circular monument built at the end of the first century AD to commemorate emperor Trajan's victory over the Dacians. Cottage industries like woodcarving and pottery thrive in the villages. Vineyards producing Romania's savoury wines, including the famous Murfatlar, cover the hillsides.
Traditional costumes are displayed in folklore centres. And, if you feel like getting to the heart of the warm welcoming Romanian experience, there are Romanian feasts with local dishes, plum brandy, wine, music and dancing that will remain in your memory as part of a special seaside holiday.
Murfatlar Winery and Vineyard
For ages, Vine growing has bee the basic occupation of the people in Dobrogea, and those at Murfatlar are proudly aware they carry on a very long tradition.
Murfatlar Vineyard is situated in the south-eastern part of Romania, between the Danube and the Black Sea stretching across a surface of more than 3000ha.
Continental climate and the unique and extremely favorable influence of the Black Sea (less aggressive summer heat and less frosty winters), offer Murfatlar vinery the perfect microclimate to produce a large variety of quality vines.
Should one take a sightseeing tour of Murfatlar Winery and Vineyards for either pleasure or professional interest visiting Wine and Vine Museum, the Punct Turistic restaurant and the Tasting Hall is a must.
The two-floor restaurant with local peasant architecture can cater for 160 tourists at a time.
The food offer includes both traditional and international dishes accompanied by the artistic performance of the Murfatlar folk ensemble. Visitors can buy local created traditional souvenirs.
Wine tasting includes 5 to 8 samples of different Murfatlar wines from different years and the initiation in the art of tasting and take place at the Tourist Center or at one of the two tasting rooms close to the Museum.