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Romania - Danube Delta

The Danube Delta spans an area of 5,050 km2, of which 4340 km2 is on Romania's territory.

It is formed by the river Danube, second longest in Europe, which flows into the Black Sea through three branches: Chilia, Sulina and Sfantul Gheoghe. From these branches, countless canals sprawl forming a magic world of biodiversity.

The starting point to go sightseeing is Tulcea Port (173 miles from Bucharest, 12 miles from downtown - Tulcea airport).

Boat Tours and Bird Watching

Float on the Danube's glittering waters, through the labyrinth of wetlands, reeds and water channels, and explore this fabulous sanctuary of native and migrating waterfowl. The Danube Delta is home to about 300 species of birds: egrets, pelicans, swans, herons, ibis, ducks, geese, doves, quails, spoonbills, larks, starlings, white tailed eagles, storks, cranes, cormorants, puffins, seagulls, nightingales, the Danube falcon, and even species of humming birds. April-May and June-September are the best intervals for bird watching although many wintering species may be admired all the year round.

Make sure you have your camera with you and from the gentle sway of your boat, watch the egrets standing one-legged in the marshes and flocks of curly pelicans or ibises flying over your head. Life on these tiny islets and canals has been preserved undisturbed.

Walking Tours

The Delta boasts the greatest stretch of reed beds in the world, which along with acacias and willows, provide shelter to many species of birds (puffins, spoonbills, ducks, geese, etc) and mammals (otter, mink, muskrat), lakes covered with water lilies, sand dunes (shelter to turtles, vipers and lizards) and lush pockets of white beech and oak forests - Letea Forest (populated by wild boars, rabbits, foxes, wolves, wildcats), steppes and meadows (quails, polecats).

So, accompanied by a local guide and well equipped with a raincoat, torch, hat, mosquito spray and water, you can set off on the adventure of discovering this truly unspoilt paradise.

Then, on your return to the esplanade in Tulcea Port, you can indulge in a fabulous feast of fish: carp, sturgeon, sevruga, caviar, mackerel, pike, grey mullet, giant mussels and many more varieties.

Sturgeons (producing the caviar) can be found in the lower stretch of the Danube and dolphins, herrings, horse mackerels, grey mullets and others in the Black Sea. However, intensive fishing, pollution and poaching have steadily diminished the quantity of fish caught recently

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