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Dobrogea - Romania

Facts about Dobrogea

About the name: Land of Dobrotici, after prince Dobrotitsa/Dobrotici,
who in 1325 ruled over the region
Location: Southeastern Romania - between the Danube River
and the Black Sea
Area: 9,631 sq miles
Population: Approximately 1 million
Main cities: Constanta, Medgidia, Mangalia, Tulcea
Climate: Torrid summers, relatively chilly winters, and little precipitation


Dobrogea region is home to the Danube Delta, a 2,200-square-mile wildlife reserve designated by UNESCO as a "Reservation of the Biosphere;" 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, day cruises through the Delta's waterways give travelers 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.

Constanta Casino

South of the Delta, the historical city of Constanta serves as a major port on the Black Sea. Featuring several museums, historical monuments, fine mansions and a grand casino, the city is the focal point of Black Sea coast tourism. A strip of fine-sand beaches dotted with seaside resorts named after women and mythological gods, such as Eforie, Jupiter, Neptun, Olimp, Saturn, Venus and Mangalia, stretches from Constanta to the Bulgarian border.

Places to explore

The ruins of the ancient town of Tomis (now Constanta) - its precinct wall, aqueducts, underground galleries, basilica, painted crypt and Roman amphitheatre

The ruins of the ancient Greek town of Callatis - the defense wall, the Christian basilica, the early medieval settlement in Mangalia

Histria (founded in 657 BC), the oldest Greek settlement in Romania

The beach resorts on the Black Sea coast: Mamaia, Neptun-Olimp, Eforie Nord, Costinesti, Mangalia

The underground limestone complex and the church in chalk at Basarabi

The curative mud baths on the shores of Lake Techirghiol in Eforie Nord

Bird watching in the Danube Delta, the realm of over 300 bird species, including the largest pelican colonies

Danube Delta tours by boat with local fishermen

The traditional fishing villages in the Danube Delta, such as Sfantu Gheorghe, Mila 23 , Crisan, Jurilovca and Letea

Wine-tasting tours of the Murfatlar vineyard where some of Romania's best dessert wines are produced

Main Museums

Art Museum in Constanta
Folk Art Museum in Constanta
National History and Archeological Museum in Constanta
Romanian Navy Museum in Constanta
Archaeological Museum Callatis in Mangalia
Folk Art and Ethnographic Museum in Tulcea
Fine Arts Museum in Tulcea
Natural History Museum & Aquarium in Tulcea
Museum of the Danube Delta in Tulcea

Performing Arts

Oleg Danovski Classical Ballet Theatre in Constanta
Marea Neagra (Black Sea) Philharmonic in Constanta
Fantasio Theatre in Constanta
Ovidius Drama Theatre in Constanta

Outdoor Adventures & Parks

Macinului Mountains National Park – the oldest mountain chain in Romania
Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve – third largest biodiversity in the world


Birdwatching, Camping, Fishing

Food & Wine

Traditional food

The cuisine of Dobrogea, mainly based on fish, as the region is close to the Black Sea, the Delta and the Danube River, is a mix of Romanian, Greek, Turkish, Tartar and Bulgarian flavors and receipies. One of the traditional dishes of the region is the Tripe Soup. To make this delicious soup, beef tripe is mixed with carrots, onions, pepper and garlic. It is flavored afterwards with vinegar or sour cream.

The delicious local salad, called Salata Dobrogeana, is made of fresh vegetables – pepper, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, to which boiled eggs, grated cheese, minced dill or parsley are added.

The Sarailie cake, with walnuts or almonds dipped in syrup, makes an excellent dessert.

The most popular dish in the Danube Delta is the Fisherman's Soup.
In a big cast-iron kettle, water is brought to a boil with vegetables and some 10 to 15 species of small fish. The liquid is then strained and the small fish discarded. Big chunks of sturgeon, carp or pike are then boiled in the broth. The fish soup makes two dishes: first, the broth is served with a wooden spoon and then the big chunks of fish are sprinkled with chili pepper or garlic.
Afterwards, Saramura, prepared from big chunks of carp broiled on the stove or on a spit, is served with polenta and garlic sauce.

Other local specialties: Ciorba de Burta ( Beef tripe soup) - served seasoned with vinegar or sour cream, Plachie de crap - carp cooked with onions and oil


An entire collection of archeological objects and inscriptions speak of the importance of wine growing in the life of the ancient cities along the Romanian shore of the Black Sea.

Murfatlar Winery

Murfatlar, Romania's largest wine producing region, is located 10 miles west of the Black Sea coast. Over 300 days of sunshine, along with cool breezes from the sea, make this area ideal for the production of medium-dry and sweet wines, such as late harvest Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Muscat Ottonel. Red wines are also produced at Murfatlar - Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir being the most popular. More Information: Murfatlar Winery

Sarica Niculitel Winery

Sarica Niculitel, located in the northern part of Dobrogea, nearby Tulcea,
and surrounded by hills laden with vines, is well-know for the centuries-old winemaking tradition. The wormwood wine of Niculitel has a special local technique: three quarters of the barrel is filled with white and black grapes,
on top of which wormwood flowers, quinces and apples are added, after which wine or must is poured in. As it ferments, the must rises and begins to spout freely. Other highly appreciated wines produced at Sarica Niculitel include Aligote, Riesling, Feteasca Regala, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Ottonel, Merlot and Pinot Noir. More Information: Sarica Niculitel Winery

Winetasting / Wineries in Dobrogea (Southeastern Romania)

Domeniile Ostrov Winery
AddressOstrov (Constanta county), Str. Regiei 1 (map)
Nearest CityBucharest,  Calarasi
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required;
Telephone0727 230.237
Wines Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Muscat Ottonel, Cramposie, Cabernet Sauvingnon, Merlot, Feteasca Neagra, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Rebo.
LabelsDomeniile Ostrov Reserve, Cetatea Durostorum,
Premiat, Labyrinthum.
Crama Alira Winery
AddressAliman (Constanta county)
Nearest CityBucharest,  Calarasi
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
Telephone0755 946.376
WinesMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Fetesca Neagra.
LabelsLauri, Alira Tribun, Alira, Alira Grand Vin.
Domeniile Clos des Colombes Winery
Address23 August (Constanta county), Str. Olimp
Nearest CityConstanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
Telephone0754 027 124
WinesItalian Riesling, Feteasca Alba, Sauvignon Blanc, Feteasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot.
LabelsClos des Colombes
Crama Darie Winery
AddressTopalu (Constanta county), Str. Dunarii 507
Nearest CityBucharest, Constanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
Telephone0744 434.172
WinesChardonnay, Feteasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and the Rose.
LabelsCapidava, Strabun.
Domeniile Adamclisi Winery
AddressAdamclisi (Constanta county), Str. Monumentului 1
Nearest CityConstanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
Telephone021 322.66.48
WinesSauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon.
Domeniul Vladoi Winery
AddressSiminoc - Murfatlar (Constanta county), Str. Murfatlar 14 B
Nearest CityConstanta,  Medgidia
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
Telephone0722 578.768
Wines Feteasca Regala, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Muscat Ottonel, Tamaioasa Romaneasca, Shiraz, Feteasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon
LabelsRavac, Pivnita Basarabilor
Domeniul Francu Winery
AddressAdamclisi (Constanta county), Str. Decebal 4
Nearest CityConstanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
Telephone0241 550.744
Wines Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Feteasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon.
LabelsPatrician, Simposion, 10 (Zece), Bob cu Bob.
M1 Crama Atelier Winery
AddressMurfatlar (Constanta county), Str. Murfatlar 1
Nearest CityConstanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
Telephone0740 231.012
Wines Cramposie, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Neagra Rose, Babeasca Neagra, Cabernet Sauvignon.
LabelsCharme de la Mer, Leat 6500, Arezan, Amprenta.
Crama Murfatlar Winery
AddressMurfatlar (Constanta county), Str. Murfatlar 1
Nearest CityConstanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required;
Telephone0241 706 850
WinesTamaioasa Romanesca, Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, Feteasca Neagra, Babeasca Neagra, Busuioaca de Bohotin, Cabernet Sauvignon.
LabelsEticheta Neagra, Mugur de Vita, Zestrea, Sec de Murfatlar, Rai de Murfatlar, Conu Alecu,
Lacrima lui Ovidiu, Silk, Velvet, 3 Hectare.
Delta Dunarii - La Sapata Winery
AddressSomova (Tulcea county)
Nearest CityTulcea, Galati, Constanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
Telephone0763 696.618
WinesFeteasca Regala, Rktitel, Riesling, Sauvignon, Muscat Ottonel, Merlot, Babeasca, Blauer, Sangiovese.
LabelsLa Sapata
Crama Vinuri de Macin Winery
AddressMacin (Tulcea county), Str. Viticultori 2
Nearest CityBraila, Galati
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
Telephone0240 573.368
WinesAligote, Muscat Ottonel, Sauvignon Blanc, Feteasca Neagra, Feteasca Regala, Merlot Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon.
LabelsTres Rosae, Pellegrin, Renatus, Trei Brate, Curtea Regala.
Crama Verde Winery
AddressBabadag (Tulcea county), Str. Ciucurovei 6
Nearest CityTulcea, Galati, Constanta
Open to PublicYes, Reservation Required
Telephone0241 548.889
WinesSauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
LabelsCrama Verde



Air transportation to Dobrogea region

Major airports: Constanta International Airport (CND) and Tulcea
Nearest major international airport: Bucharest – 142 miles west

Airlines with service to Dobrogea region: Blue Air ( non-stop flights from/to: Milano), Turkish Airlines
( non-stop flights from/to: Istanbul), Wizz Air (non-stop flights from/to: London).

Travel to Dobrogea by train or bus

There are several daily trains and buses from/to Bucharest and other major cities in Romania to Dobrogea region.

Main train stations: Constanta, Mangalia, Tulcea.

Daily trains connect Constanta, Mangalia and Tulcea to Bucharest.
Trains also depart daily to the resorts located on the Black Sea Coast.

To check train and bus schedules for domestic routes please visit our: Romania Domestic Transportation section.

Information on international trains with service to/from Dobrogea are available at:

Road access

Border crossing points in the Dobrogea region from Bulgaria into Romania include: Vama Veche, Negru Voda, Ostrov

Tourist Info

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