About Danube Delta & Black Sea
Dobrogea is home to the Danube Delta, a 2,200 sq mile wildlife reserve designated by UNESCO as a "Biosphere Reservation"; also in this region is the ancient port city of Constanta and the seaside resorts stretching along Romania’s 152-mile Black Sea coast.
From the port city of Tulcea, a cruise through the Delta’s waterways give visitors a glimpse of the abundant wildlife and the traditional fishing villages; floating reed islands, sand dunes and waterways offer shelter to over 300 species of birds, countless fish and 1,150 species of plants. South of the Delta, the historical city of Constanta serves as a major port on the Black Sea and features several museums, historical monuments, fine mansions and a grand casino, the city is the focal point of Black Sea coast tourism.
The mighty Danube River flows 1,788 miles from its springs in Germany’s Black Forest to the Black Sea. Just before reaching the sea it forms the second largest and best preserved of Europe's deltas: 2,200 square miles of rivers, canals, marshes, tree-fringed lakes and reed islands. The Danube Delta is a wildlife enthusiast’s (especially a bird watcher’s) paradise.
Travellers can spend three or more days exploring its passages, teaming with the highest concentration of bird colonies in all of Europe. The maze of canals bordered by thatch, willows and oaks entangled in lianas, offers the perfect breeding ground for countless species of birds, some of them from as far away as China and Africa. Some 300 species of birds make the Delta their home, including cormorants, white tailed eagles and glossy ibises. The bird watching season lasts from early spring to late summer. Birds are not the only inhabitants of the Delta, though, there is also a rich community of fish and mammals, including wildcats, foxes and wolves even an occasional boar or deer.
The Delta is formed around the three main channels of the Danube, named after their respective ports: Chilia (in the north), Sulina (in the middle), and Sfantu Gheorghe (in the south). The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve has the third largest biodiversity in the world (over 5,500 flora and fauna species), exceeded only by the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Galapagos Archipelago in Ecuador. Some 15,000 people inhabit the Delta area, living in 28 villages and one city (Sulina). More then half of the Delta Biosphere Reserve is virtually intact and is a vitally important buffer system between the hydrographical basin of the River Danube and the Black Sea.
Visit historic sites, explore the waterways in a canoe or traditional fisherman's boat, catch a sunset you’ll never forget, sample wine from vineyards dating back to the Roman Empire and savour some of the finest caviar in the world, the beluga sturgeon from the Black Sea!
Visitors need travel permits to enter the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve. Permits are included with tours; independent travellers can purchase permits from the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Administration (ARBDD) and travel agencies and hotels in Tulcea. Separate permits are required for fishing or hunting.
To experience the best of the Delta’s flora and fauna, we offer a multi-day trip with overnight stays in some of the local villages. We recommend that independent exploring be undertaken with a guide and not alone. Be sure to pack a strong mosquito repellent when exploring the Danube Delta.
Where to stay
The Hotel Delta is located on the coast of the Black Sea in the centre of Tulcea; completely renovated in 2006.
The Delta Boutique and Carmen Silva Resort is a new and high quality accommodation option, located in the heart of the Danube Delta, at Crisan.
The Pension Ovidiu is located in the heart of the Danube Delta, at Crisan; it is an excellent base for trips into the natural environment for fishing or just to travel.