Experience Romania – A Weekend in Danube Delta

Experience Romania – A Weekend in Danube Delta
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A Weekend in Danube Delta – the unexplored treasure of Romania

 

Little did I know, that I would be one of the few lucky souls to Experience Romania in May 2018, which is literally a land of well-preserved wonders, be it natural, or man-made. I, along with 40 different travel influencers, from all over the world, experienced not only Bucharest – the capital city of Romania, but also the Danube Delta, and the Black Sea coast of Romania, which is famous for its party culture.

 

Out of the three-different kind of experiences, what fascinated me the most, was our experience at the Danube Delta, which is the second largest river delta in Europe with an area of 5500 sq.km, after the Volga Delta. The Danube Delta became part of one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1991. The Danube river after passing through several European countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine and Romania) and four capitals (Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Belgrade), the mighty Danube river splits into three main distributaries in the delta, namely Chilia (120 km long), Sulina (64 km long) and Sfantul Gheorghe (70 km long), before emptying into the Black Sea.

 

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Some interesting facts about the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve

  • Third largest biodiversity in the world, after Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Galapagos Archipelago in Ecuador.
  • Over 5, 500 species of flora and fauna
  • Home to over 60% of the world’s population of pygmy cormorants (phalacrocorax pygmeus), 50% of red-breasted geese (branta ruficollis) and the largest number of white pelicans (pelecanus onocrotalus) and Dalmatian pelicans (pelecanus crispus) in Europe.
  • Reed marshes covering 1563 sq. km constituting one of the largest single expanses of reed beds in the world.
  • Home to 250 bird species, making the delta one of the richest ornithological faunas in the world, and also a bird lovers paradise.

 

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Birdwatching in Danube Delta

 

The ideal duration recommended to anyone who is interested in enjoying the beauty of nature up close, is 2-3 days, where apart from enjoying the peace and tranquility and the abundant flora and fauna, a trip to Letea forest is also recommended.

 

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Welcome to Letea forest !

 

Established in 1930, Letea forest is a natural reservation, covering an area of approximately 2,825 ha (6,980 acres). It is the oldest protected area in Romania, which is home to 3, 500 species of plants and animals. The fauna of Letea forest is very rich, as about 70% of the Danube Delta fauna can be found here. The Letea forest is also the nesting site of over 150 species of birds such as the white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla), short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus), tawny eagle (Aquila rapax), black kite (Milvus migrans), herpetological rarities such as the steppe racer (Eremias arguta), or meadow viper (Vipera renardi).

 

 

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International Travel Bloggers and Influencers experiencing the hidden treasures Romania, thanks to #ExperienceRomania

 

With wild horses, vines, 700-year-old oak trees and sand dunes, Letea is the northern most subtropical forest in the world. Hidden away from the eyes and paths of most tourists, the forest has numerous secrets which it carefully guards, and a visit to this forest is indeed a unique experience. The most spectacular trees are the century old oak trees which have stood the test of time. There are many specimens which are 400 years old and a few which go for more than 700 years.

To get here, you have to cross through a myriad of canals, lined with water lilies, on the sides.

While Hotel Sunrise, conducts day trips to Letea forest, the Green Village Resort, on the other hand takes boat trips for birdwatching, and both these are truly amazing experiences.

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Welcome to Hotel Sunrise, Crisan – Our first hotel

 

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Witnessing a gorgeous sunset at Hotel Sunrise

 

If coming from Bucharest, like we did, its best to first reach Mahmudia by road, then a boat transfer to Hotel Sunrise which is on the Crisan – Tulcea – Sulina Branch.The next day, a boat trip to the Letea forest, followed by transfer to Green Village Resort, Sfantu Gheorghe post lunch.

 

 

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Experiencing the beauty of nature at Letea Forest

 

The Green Village Resort, is a luxurious oasis, in the lap of nature, and one can easily spend a couple of days here, admiring the beauty of nature, and enjoying the different activities and amenities the resort has to offer.

 

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Green Village Resort, is situated along the Sfantul Gheorghe, stream of the Danube river, and there are plenty of spots to enjoy the sunset from, overseeing the river. There are plenty of ponds, scattered all over the property, which are home to some amazing species of flora and fauna. Green Village Resort has the capacity to accommodate 160 + guests in its 88 double rooms, each with a private terrace, overlooking the Danube. The resort is entirely built by 100% bio materials, which are durable and sourced locally, which ultimately gives a feeling of being in nature, rather than being a part of nature.

 

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Green Village Resort – a luxurious Oasis, and also our home for 2 days

 

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#EuroTrip2018 The stay at @greenvillageresort on the Danube Delta, turned out to be one if the major highlights of my 10 day trip with @experience_bucharest and @experienceromania . The resort had amazing views of the Danube, where I could practically so for hours, doing nothing, but enjoying the beauty of nature. Apart from this, a 15 min walk led to a point where the the Danube River met the Black Sea. . I would definitely recommend a trip to the Danube Delta, spending 2-3 days, to anyone who is planning to got to Romania. It literally is one of those hidden wonders. . . . . . #EatTravelLiveRepeat #ExperienceRomania #Romania #RomaniaDiaries #romaniawow #DanubeDelta #danuberiver #welivetoexplore #wanderlust #ETLRWithArnav #ETLRTravelDiaries2018 #riverdelta #topromaniaphoto #naturephotography #naturelovers #unescoworldheritage #unescobiospherereserve #theETLRblog #traveldiaries2018 #greenvillageresort

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The best possible activity which you must definitely do is the bird watching boat trip, where you can easily spot different species of birds, including the white pelican.

 

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Danube Delta – A Bird lovers paradise

 

During the evening, you should take the small hike from the resort to the beach, facing the Black Sea, which should take 15-20 minutes. The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, you can head back to Bucharest or go further to the Black Sea coast, by reaching Murighiol by boat, and then heading to your destination, by road.

 

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Enjoying the sunset at Green Village Resort

 

Hope you guys enjoyed reading this Danube Delta – Weekend Travel Guide. If you want to read more of my Romania travel articles published here on the Eat | Travel | Live | Repeat blog, check these out :

 

 

Don’t forget to Pin this Romania Travel Resource –  The Danube Delta Weekend Guide and if you have any queries, or need any help in planning a trip to Romania, please feel free to drop in a mail to arnav@theETLRblog.com

 

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14 thoughts on “Experience Romania – A Weekend in Danube Delta”

  • Many thanks, Arnav for this well written and inspiring post. The Danube Delta is a special place for us, (un)fortunately not so popular among travellers. It is a unique and fragile ecosystem that needs special preservation efforts from both local authorities and visitors.
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  • It’s a wonderful place to spend our vacation trip. I have not visited Romania, You have taken some wonderful pictures of your trip. The environment and weather condition is exciting. I very good to see you explore this Romania adventure. Your guide helps us and inspiration for traveling. 🙂

  • I didn’t know that there such great nature to explore in Romania. Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Sounds like the ideal type of place for me. It would be so fun to go bird watching there. I’ll definitely keep this in mind when I plan a visit!

  • The Danube Delta is a relatively lesser known region of Romania. Romania has always been in the shadows when it comes to tourism as compared to its other European cousins, however, in recent years it is forging ahead as a destination in its own right. But generally, people only talk about Bucharest and a few other places. But the Danube Delta is nothing short of a revelation. The region seems to be beautiful and rich in biodiversity. Definitely, a place to explore before more and more travellers head there.

  • I love visiting places like this with lots of wildlife, never would’ve guessed that this was Romania! So good to know because it’s nice finding low key destinations, especially in an up and coming country like Romania. I’d love to stay at the Green Village Resort, it looks like the perfect relaxing escape from the city.

  • I have hear lots of Danube river but never knew of Danube Delta. Good to know about many facts of Danube Delta through your post. Even it is 3rd biggest bio-diversity which is also great to know. I never read about Romania through this perspective. Thanks for sharing wonderful information.

  • A very interesting and off best post covering something not very touristy. The Danube Delta is a great plane with so much on the trail following it. Plenty of wildlife and as you suggest a bird lovers paradise. Love the Green village resort in the middle of nature. Photos are well presented and overall a very informative post must say. Thanks fir sharing.

  • I’d never have thought this was Romania if you hadn’t mentioned it. It looks so pretty here, especially the landscape. The biosphere reserve is so impressive; over 5,500 flora and fauna, that’s incredible. I’ve also never seen pelicans, let alone white ones, so thanks for taking those great photos.

  • Most of the blogs I’ve read about Romania often talks about castles – not so much about Danube Delta! So this is definitely quite a refreshing article to read.

    I will most definitely consider this on my itinerary – currently preparing my trip. So glad i found this! Thank you!

  • I had no idea that the third largest biodiversity in the world is in Romania! I haven’t been to the first two but this one is a lot closer to where I live and hence much easier and imaginable for me to cover in the short term. In fact, I have been thinking of travelling to Romania end of this year and your post has given me a good direction to visit the Danube Delta. I will keep it in mind to take out 2-3 days to explore the area. The Sunrise Hotel has (ironically) some really cool views of the sunset!

  • I must confess I too have never heard of such a place. I’d heard of the Danube obviously but not it’s delta. It really does look stunning and I fell in love with Romania when we visited so would be keen to return and visit this nature reserve.

  • Romania through the eyes of world traveller!! sitting here in third world country , we hardly get to know about the unseen, unheard beauty of beautiful and unique Romania . Your post definitely will make Romania and this place a “must visit place”to all your Indian audience , who likes to add some uncommon routes into their Euro Trip next time .

    Well scripted ☺

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